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Article posted: 3/31/2013 5:00 AM

Concerns grow along with Antarctica tourism

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An inflatable boat carries tourists past an iceberg along the Antarctic Peninsula. In a remote, frozen, almost pristine land where the only human residents are involved in research, tourism comes with risks, for both the continent and the tourists.

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Tourists get an up close view of an iceberg along the Antarctic Peninsula.

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Tourists paddle their kayak along the Antarctic Peninsula.

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Tourists near Castle Rock on Crater Hill on Ross Island, Antarctica. Tourism is rebounding here five years after the financial crisis stifled what had been a burgeoning industry.

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Sightseers board an over-snow vehicle on Hut Point Peninsula of Ross Island in Antarctica. Tourism in Antarctica is rebounding and it's not just retirees watching penguins from the deck of a ship.

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Across most of Earth, a tourist attraction that sees 35,000 visitors a year can safely be labeled sleepy. But when it's Antarctica, every footstep matters. Tourism is rebounding here five years after the financial crisis stifled what had been a burgeoning industry. And it's not just retirees watching penguins from the deck of a ship. Visitors are taking tours inland and even engaging in "adventure tourism" like skydiving and scuba diving under the ever-sunlit skies of a Southern Hemisphere summer.
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    • An inflatable boat carries tourists past an iceberg along the Antarctic Peninsula. In a remote, frozen, almost pristine land where the only human residents are involved in research, tourism comes with risks, for both the continent and the tourists.
    • Tourists get an up close view of an iceberg along the Antarctic Peninsula.
    • Tourists paddle their kayak along the Antarctic Peninsula.
    • Tourists near Castle Rock on Crater Hill on Ross Island, Antarctica. Tourism is rebounding here five years after the financial crisis stifled what had been a burgeoning industry.
    • Sightseers board an over-snow vehicle on Hut Point Peninsula of Ross Island in Antarctica. Tourism in Antarctica is rebounding and itís not just retirees watching penguins from the deck of a ship.
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