Macquarie Island

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Macquarie Island

Post by egjeg » Tue Nov 20, 2018 10:53 am

Anyone been there? Looking for advice and opinions.
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Re: Macquarie Island

Post by erkat » Tue Nov 20, 2018 10:54 am

As in sub antarctic island?

thought it was a research place only??

One of my lecturers at uni spent time there and would rave about it.

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Post by egjeg » Tue Nov 20, 2018 11:29 am

That's the one. Nearer to NZ but politically a part of Tassie.

There are some tourist "expedition" boats that take paying visitors there. It's like an Antarctic trip but cheaper and shorter. Apparently crossing can be a bit uncomfortable though
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Post by Unwashed_Pom » Tue Nov 20, 2018 9:40 pm

Only been out to Pedra Branca and Macquarie Island is still a long way over the horizon after that. Personally I think it'd be more Interesting than Antarctica. Trip report would be nice. Thanks in advance.

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Re: Macquarie Island

Post by Flobster! » Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:22 am

Yeah, it looks really interesting.

100% of the world's Emperor penguins hand out there at times.
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Re: Macquarie Island

Post by erkat » Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:28 am

Yeah, the memories of my prof's talks are mainly moss and penguins. :)
And slide shows of the mountain(s).
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Re: Macquarie Island

Post by Steve_in_Exile » Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:41 am

Didn't even know the place existed. Very cool. If you go, a trip report would be awesome.

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Re: Macquarie Island

Post by egjeg » Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:58 am

Booked for December 2019. I'll report back.
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Re: Macquarie Island

Post by Flobster! » Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:59 am

Do you sail from Tas or NZ?

It's 54°South, which makes it the equivalent of 54° North places, including in England and Ireland, surprisingly. You could go to Harrogate for the same daylight-length experience.
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Re: Macquarie Island

Post by egjeg » Wed Nov 21, 2018 10:11 am

From Bluff NZ. Near Invercagill.
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Re: Macquarie Island

Post by VinnyD » Wed Nov 21, 2018 4:12 pm

Flobster! wrote:
Wed Nov 21, 2018 8:59 am
Do you sail from Tas or NZ?

It's 54°South, which makes it the equivalent of 54° North places, including in England and Ireland, surprisingly. You could go to Harrogate for the same daylight-length experience.
Yes. But egjeg may be interested in other things than daylight length.

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Re: Macquarie Island

Post by GLimpet » Wed Nov 21, 2018 5:52 pm

Come to Aberdeen at 57°N.

I'll show you some length.

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Post by FUUZ » Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:45 pm

I was looking at the official M. Island site and saw some interesting pics, the 360 degree type.
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Re: Macquarie Island

Post by Unwashed_Pom » Thu Nov 29, 2018 6:45 am

One thing you're not likely to stumble across is Gernan tourists staking out their sunlounges at daybreak.

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Re: Macquarie Island

Post by dBrother » Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:19 pm

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Re: Macquarie Island

Post by simon_in_exile » Thu Nov 29, 2018 4:59 pm

It is the only place in the Pacific Ocean where rocks from the mantle are actively exposed at sea level. It also is the only oceanic environment with an exposed ophiolite sequence. Due to these unique geological exposures it was made a UNESCO world heritage site in 1997.
Bring it on! - they’re my kind of rocks, did part of my PhD research on this kind of thing. That plus penguins and general remoteness tick my boxes.
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Re: Macquarie Island

Post by simon_in_exile » Thu Nov 29, 2018 5:01 pm

On reflection, might sound odd to have “my kind of rocks” :? but you get the picture.
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