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Antarctica concerns grow as tourism numbers rise

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Associated Press/Dec. 1, 2009 An inflatable boat carries tourists past an iceberg along the Antarctic Peninsula.

Tourists scale Crater Hill toward Castle Rock on Ross Island, Antarctica.

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Sightseers board an over-snow vehicle on Hut Point Peninsula of Ross Island in Antarctica.

Associated Press/Jan. 20

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Antarctic tourism has grown from fewer than 2,000 visitors a year in the 1980s to more than 46,000 in 2007-08. Then the numbers plummeted, bottoming out at fewer than 27,000 in 2011-12.The Rhode Island-based International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators doesn't have its final 2012-13 figures yet but estimates close to 35,000 visitors this season.
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    • Associated Press/Dec. 1, 2009   An inflatable boat carries tourists past an iceberg along the Antarctic Peninsula.
    • Tourists scale Crater Hill toward Castle Rock on Ross Island, Antarctica.
    • Sightseers board an over-snow vehicle on Hut Point Peninsula of Ross Island in Antarctica.
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