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    10 Reasons To Visit The Most Remote Place On Earth: The Ross Sea

    It doesn't get more remote than Antarctica, oh wait, it does! The Ross Sea is the most remote location on Earth as far as humans are concerned. Don't worry, you'll never be alone because the Ross Sea is exploding with wildlife!

    10 Reasons To Visit The Ross Sea

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    Is Antarctica just not off the beaten path enough for you? Look no further than the remote and rarely visited Ross Sea region.

    1. It Doesn't Get More Remote Than The Ross Sea.

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    Shrouded in mystery and thick pack ice the Ross Sea is cut off from the world for most of the year. In the short Antarctic summer the ice will finally give way, allowing access to the Earth’s most remote and pristine waters. Doesn’t get much more off the beaten path than this.

    2. The Wildlife.

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    More nutrient packed than your breakfast! The Ross Sea supports a plethora of plankton which allow for its waters to be teaming with wildlife. 10 mammal species, 6 bird species, 95 species of fish and over 1,000 invertebrates all call this sea home.

    3. The Ross Ice Shelf

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    Coming in at nearly the size of France the Ross Ice Shelf is 487,000 square kilometers of solid ice (188,000 square miles). The ice shelf covers a large portion of the southern reaches of the Ross Sea as well as all of Roosevelt Island.

    4. Wanna Go To Mars? Here's Your Chance!

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    Did you know Antarctica is home to one of the most inhospitable, extreme deserts on Earth? Welcome to the McMurdo Dry Valleys. Scientists consider the Dry Valleys to be the closest terrestrial environment to that which exists on Mars.

    5. Follow In The Footsteps of Great Explorers.

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    Borchgrevink, Scott and Shackleton all led expeditions in the Ross Sea. Cape Adare, Cape Evans, Hut Point and Cape Royds all house well preserved historic huts important to the legacy of exploration of the most remote continent.

    6. Ice Icy, Baby.

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    You had to expect a Vanilla Ice reference was gonna make it in here somewhere! Imagine waking up to a sea of pancake ice surrounding you and giant icebergs teaming with penguins and seals staring right back at you. This is an all-to-regular occurrence here.

    7. The Last Great Ocean.

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    The Ross Sea is home to some of the cleanest waters and untouched, raw nature on Earth due to it's super remote location and inaccessibility.

    8. The World's Largest Marine Reserve.

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    In October 2016 an agreement was finally reached which will protect 1.5 million square kilometers (983,00 sq. miles) of the Ross Sea. This is huge for the environments surrounding Antarctica.

    9. Nerd out! See Science Live & In Action.

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    In the heart of McMurdo Sound sits McMurdo Station (US) and Scott Station (New Zealand). And nearby Terra Nova Bay is home to Gondwana Station (Germany), Jang Bogo Station (South Korea) and Mario Zuchelli Station (Italy).

    10. The World's Southernmost Volcano.

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    Antarctica really is a land of fire and ice. Mt. Erebus, sitting on the edge of the Ross Sea has been active for roughly the last 1.3 million years.

    Need Any More Convincing?

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    Ready for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure? Then the Ross Sea is definitely the place for you!

    I have just returned from Oceanwide Expedition’s Spectacular Ross Sea Crossing. Check out the sailings they have coming up for next season, it’s never to early to start planning! *I have a business relationship with Oceanwide Expeditions and traveled onboard the M/V Ortelius sailing South to the Ross Sea and Antarctica as an independent press & media representative. All these opinions are my own, but trust me, the Ross Sea impressed far far more than it disappointed.