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Dr. Tanya Brandes Explores Antarctica


News from far away Antarctica! San Diegan Dr. Tanya Brandes journeyed to Antarctica with a small expedition group. Among the highlights, glacial crevasses, penguins, and a stop at the magnetic South Pole. As Tanya explains "the mirror-globe is the magnetic South Pole, which is always shifting slightly."

More highlights included a stop at the Geographic South Pole, where every direction is North!

Only one hiccup reminding one how remote you are in Antarctica. When about to fly to a new location, Tanya's group spent a 'very, very cold' 7 hours in -35 degree weather when the airplane malfunctioned. Tanya's says "thankfully a rescue plane arrived with the appropriate spare parts, and we were able to continue..."

A few Antarctica facts according to Wikipedia and other sources. "Antarctica is Earth's southernmost continent encapsulating the South Pole." It consists of 5.4 million square miles, and is the 5th largest continent. Although there are no permanent residents, there are a few thousand people who do research there at various times.

The Antarctica Treaty, established in 1959, is now signed by forty-six countries. "The treaty prohibits military activities and mineral mining, supports scientific research, and protects the continent's ecozone. Ongoing experiments are conducted by more than 4,000 scientists of many nationalities and with various research interests."

"What an adventure!" summed up Tanya.

Dr. Tanya Brandes by the way is no stranger to adventure with a learning or giving aspect. She travels to many faraway lands including Asia on medical and educational missions through her and husband Charles Brandes' Brandes Foundation.


A Penguin on the March...

Tanya in a glacial tunnel


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* Margo Schwab, MBA, more formally known as Margaret E. Schwab, has produced, written, interviewed and photographed for various media organizations since 1989. Schwab attended Holton Arms School, La Jolla Country Day School and La Jolla High School. Schwab has a B.A. from Scripps College, spent a business internship with S.A.I.C., Science Applications International Corporation, and earned a Masters of Business degree, M.B.A., from the University of San Diego by way of Claremont Graduate School . Schwab additionally took college courses from Harvard University, and Syracuse University. Schwab volunteers for numerous charity organizations. She also continues to support animal organizations and the prevention of people and animal abuse. Schwab is the editor of The Social Diary.

Margo Schwab and Scott Johnston of The Social Diary are pleased to announce partnerships with the Arthritis Foundation of San Diego County, Country Friends, the San Diego American Heart Association, and the San Diego Humane Society.

Margo Schwab and Scott Johnston are both members of the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club (Margo Schwab since 1974) and both are new members of the University Club.. Margo Schwab and Scott Johnston are also credentialed by the Chief of Police, William Lansdowne.



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