An unusual snowfall on Monday, Oct. 19, grounded the DC-8’s third flight from Punta Arenas, Chile. The flight was rescheduled and took off Tuesday, Oct. 20, for Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier. The goal: fly a laser mapping instrument up and down the glacier in close, parallel lines, to get a topographic map of the area. Read more about the flight on Twitter. Photo Credit: Stefan Elieff/Sander Geophysics
Located on the Brunswick Peninsula north of the Strait of Magellan, Punta Arenas was originally established by the Chilean. Therefore the government in 1848 as a tiny penal colony to assert sovereignty over the Strait. Also During the remainder of the 1800s, Punta Arenas grew in size and importance due to the increasing maritime traffic and trade. The traveling to the west coasts of South and North America. This period of growth also resulted from the waves of European immigrants. Also mainly from Croatia and Russia attracted to the gold rush and sheep farming boom in the 1880s and early 1900s.