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Issue date: 15th August 2017
sheet effects: 10 stamps
text: Pobjoy Mint Stamp Division
Penguin River and Mount Paget, Cumberland Bay.

Towering at 2,915 m above sea level, Mount Paget is the highest mountain on South Georgia. Its distinctive saddle shape peak forms part of the Allardyce range and on a clear day forms an imposing backdrop to many South Georgia scenes. Formed from alternating layers of sandstone and mudstone, which in places are several meters thick, the rocks in the Cumberland Bay formation have an unusual striped appearance.

Nordenskjöld Glacier, (Cumberland Bay).

Over 50% of South Georgia is permanently covered with ice and glaciers and the Nordenskjöld is a particularly spectacular example. With its origins high in the Allardyce range, the glacier tumbles directly into Cumberland East Bay. Its surface is fractured with deep crevasses that form as the ice moves at different speeds over the undulating rock beneath. At its terminus, a 3 km wide face plunges into the sea and during the summer months large chunks can be seen calving off the front and often fill the bay with ice. Although retreating more slowly than some of South Georgia’s other glaciers, it has still retreated more than 1 km in the last 30 years. The striking blue colour of the glacier occurs because over time the huge weight of accumulated snow squeezes air bubbles from the ice meaning light can penetrate more deeply. Red and yellow light is absorbed and blue light, which has a longer wave length, is reflected giving the ice a beautiful azure colour.

Leith Harbour, Stromness Bay.

Stromness
Nowhere is South Georgia’s industrial past more striking than at Leith Harbour. Nestled beneath the scree slopes of the Concordia Peak massif, Leith was known as a sheltered anchorage from as far back as the early 1800s when it was used by the early sealers. The steeply sloping shore line and clear approaches from the sea made it an ideal deep water port for shore-based whaling operations and for nearly 70 years the site was a hive of industry. The now abandoned station complex was once the largest on the island and the distinctive red rust coloured factory buildings, warehouses and workshops bare silent witness to decades of human exploitation of the environment and the animals that lived in it.

Cape Rosa (King Haakon Bay).

At the coast, the warmer temperatures and fertile soils can support lush green landscapes dominated by tussac grass, which is home to a huge diversity of invertebrates and large numbers of burrowing seabirds, such as white-chinned petrels and Antarctic prions. At Cape Rosa, wave-cut platforms fringe the shoreline, which is indented by a series of narrow inlets, of which ‘Cave Cove’ is one of the most distinctive. Famously, this is the site where Ernest Shackleton made landfall after his epic journey across the Southern Ocean and sheltered for four days to build up strength before making his famous crossing of South Georgia.

First Day Cover
First Day Cover image: View from the top of Mount Duse.
Mount Duse dominates the skyline of King Edward Cove and from its summit at more than 500 m above sea level there are fantastic views across the Allardyce Range and beyond. Famously Shackleton’s photographer Frank Hurley took a picture from the same spot before embarking on the fateful Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. From this vantage point, the full range of South Georgia’s varied and impressive landscapes can be admired although in 1914 Hurley would have seen whaling vessels and Endurance moored in the bay rather than the cruise ships and fishing vessels which are seen there today.

text: Poboy Mint Stamp Division

 

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