From there, He went to the American McMurdo base, 3,500 km south of New Zealand. This large station has 1,200 residents and serves as the logistics base for the other half of the Antarctic continent.
The Prince has already visited over ten bases and met with many scientists specialized in such areas as climatology, astronomy, vulcanology, glaciology, etc.
This expedition, exceptionally valuable from the standpoint of scientific knowledge, reinforces the Sovereign Prince's commitment to environmental protection, particularly for the Poles, privileged research areas.
HSH Prince Albert II is at present the world's only Head of State to have been to both the North (April 2006) and South Poles.
Discovering this continent and its many research activities has enabled Him to reassert His wish for Monaco, as a State party to the Antarctic treaty since 31 May 2008, to have a determinant role in joint actions with scientists.
HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco reached the geographic South Pole with Mike Horn and the team