OR/15/058 Postscript – Tourism in the 21st century

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Stone, P. 2015. The geological exploration of the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia: a review and bibliography, 1871–2015. British Geological Survey Internal Report, OR/15/058.

Few of those involved in the geological exploration of South Georgia would have anticipated that by the beginning of the 21st century the island would host a burgeoning tourist industry. Annual visitor numbers for the 2014–2015 austral summer exceeded 8000, with visits by cruise ships on 65 occasions and by yachts on 21 occasions. The need for informative scientific literature aimed at a lay audience was met by a comprehensive visitors’ guide (Poncet and Crosbie 2005)[1] to which P Stone contributed a section on geology. In advance of the guidebook’s publication, Stone had also arranged publication of three geologically-orientated ‘popular science’ brochures, two of which described aspects of South Georgia’s bedrock geology (Stone and Smellie 2002[2]; Stone and Tanner 2004).[3]

References

  1. PONCET, S, and CROSBIE, K. 2005. A visitor’s guide to South Georgia. WildGuides. 179 pp.
  2. STONE, P, and SMELLIE, J L. 2002. South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. Rocky enigmas in the South Atlantic explained. British Geological Survey and British Antarctic Survey for the Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.
  3. STONE, P, and TANNER, P W G. 2004. South Georgia. The rocks and fossils. British Geological Survey and British Antarctic Survey for the Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.