the graph shows the number of tourist and ships going to the Antarctic from 1981 to 1996. It shows a steady increase of both tourists and ships going to Antarctica. Studies have been done to estimate the effects the increased tourism has on the antarctic environment. A great number of tourists can cause disruption in wildlife breeding and reduce populations. Reports of ships hitting underwater rocks, causing oil spills that greatly affect nearby penguin, cormorant, and seal colonies have also occurred.
From collection: General Archive
Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal