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South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands

An oblique view of the rugged and isolated landscape on the northern shore of South Georgia Island. The high mountains protect the north and eastern coast of the island from the prevailing gales coming from Antarctica and the west. The steep topography also makes deep embayments along the coast that provide habitat for wildlife and anchorages for whaling ships. The island supports major rookeries of penguins and albatrosses, and large seal populations. This view centers on Mt. Paget and Cumberland Bay. Image courtesy of NASA.