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Gentoo Penguins at Gamage Point
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Gentoo Penguins at Gamage Point

July 8, 2010
Gentoo penguins at Gamage Point, Palmer Station, Antarctica. Gentoos stand about 22 inches (56 centimeters) tall and weigh about 12 pounds (6 kilograms). They are identified by their red bill and the white bonnet connecting their eyes around their head. Gentoo penguin studies is just one example of the many research projects supported by the National Science Foundation's U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP). Other Antarctic study areas are aeronomy and astrophysics, biology and medicine, geology and geophysics, glaciology, and ocean and climate systems. Outreach, such as the Antarctic Artists and Writers program, and education programs are also supported. For more information about USAP, visit the program's Web site. (Date of Image: October 2008)