Cold Antarctica, a Tourism Hot Spot: Background information when reading Where'd You Go, Bernadette

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Where'd You Go, Bernadette

A Novel

by Maria Semple

Where'd You Go, Bernadette
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    Dec 2012, 336 pages
    Apr 2013, 352 pages

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Cold Antarctica, a Tourism Hot Spot

Where'd You Go Bernadette has much talk about Antarctica, the coldest, windiest, driest desert continent on earth. Located around the South Pole, Antarctica covers an area of 5.1 million square miles (larger than the US, as well as the continents of Europe or Australia) and has a thick ice cap that has built over millions of years.

Size comparison between the US and AntarcticaThose who can afford the price tag of around $10,000 can go on a cruise to the continent navigating through the Drake Passage. The Drake Passage is a body of water, which connects the southern tip of South America and the Shetland islands of Antarctica. Passage through this body of water is a must but tourists need to pack a lot of Dramamine because it can be an extremely choppy ride – it's not called the "Drake Shake" for nothing. The departure point for cruises is usually from Argentina or Chile and cruises ply in the months of November through March (summer in the Antarctic.) Wildlife includes whales, seals and, of course, scores of ...

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