Impact of Tourism

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Impact of Tourism

Impact of Tourism


Oil spills


Global Contanination

Breaking the rules

From skydiving over the ice to scuba diving under the ice, pollution is slowly ‘leaking’ into the air and water. Boats are now taking inland trips, also dangerous, which will pollute the inner regions of water and ice to impact environmental damage. Pollution includes omitted exhaust, oil or liquid gas that is excreted from the machines.

The importing or transmission of microbes or other species that do not belong in Antarctica. Whether purposeful or accidental, the fear is that the integration of foreign species (plants, micro-organisms, species) can disturb the natural flora and fauna and change the natural environment. One question to bring in mind is if an invasive plant or animal would create a disease spreading issue similar to the hoof-and-mouth disease. Scientists are still learning about new discoveries in Antarctica, including the recent whale bone discovery, which supports bacteria and strange creatures like zombie worms.

There is a possibility of larger cruise ships entering these pure waters. Researchers and environmental advocates have a fear that if a cruise ship, especially in the interior land, will strike an iceberg and contaminate the water and wildlife with a major oil spill. This can affect and kill rare or endangered species such as the polar bear, minke whale and humpback whale. This would be one challenging spill to clean as the water has the possibility to freeze in various spots

Sometimes, conscious, mindful living goes right out the door when people are in routine of a daily habit. In a recent Associated Press article, Antarctic advocates were quoted that they hear ‘horror’ stories of people, researcher or tourist,breaking the rules from smoking to standing too close to the animals. This in itself is a constant reminder to respect the places we visit, near or far.

The world is impacting Antarctica more than we think. Technologies and planet-wide impacts affect the southern pole with depletion of ozone layers and rapid ice melting (global warming). With the implementation of tourists and scientists on site this is directly harming the more local environment. Global changes affect the melting of the ice. This breaks the ice and causes loss of habitat for those who depend on the ice-land as home. It is challenging to un-do what has already been done. Adding localized footprints and pollution may increase the rate of damage.


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