South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
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South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands (SGSSI) is a British Overseas Territory in the southern Atlantic Ocean.
It is a remote and inhospitable collection of islands, consisting of South Georgia and a chain of smaller islands known as the South Sandwich Islands. The territory's total land area is 3,903 km2. The Falkland Islands are about 1,300 kilometres west from its nearest point.

South Georgia became a base for whaling beginning in the 20th century, until whaling ended in the 1960s. With the end of the whaling industry, the stations were abandoned.
Nowadays there are no permanent native population lives in the South Sandwich Islands, and a very small non-permanent population resides on South Georgia.
There are no scheduled passenger flights or ferries to or from the territory, although visits by cruise liners to South Georgia are increasingly popular, with several thousand visitors each summer.

The United Kingdom claimed sovereignty over South Georgia in 1775 and the South Sandwich Islands in 1908. The territory of "South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands" was formed in 1985; previously, it had been governed as part of the Falkland Islands Dependencies. [R1]

The first post office opened on the South Georgia on 22 December 1909, some two years after the first whaling station had been established at Grytviken.
The first stamps specifically for South Georgia were issued in 1944 and consisted of overprints on stamps of the Falkland Islands for use in South Georgia when it was part of the Falkland Islands Dependencies.
From 1986 stamps of the territory are inscribed South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands.
Nowadays South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands xontinues to issue a dozen of new stamps a year. These stamps are dedicated to collectors as they are not needed for few people who works on the islands. Sales of these stamps is dobe by Falklands Post Service (FPS) company.
FPS Limited was established in July 2014 in time to take over the management of the post and philatelic service on behalf of the Falkland Islands Government on the 1st August 2014. The key function of their Philatelic service is the marketing and sales of Falkland Islands stamps as well as stamops of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands and British Antarctic Territory. [R2]


Some stamps of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands to consider: contributors to Paleontology science

15.03.2011 "155th anniversary of Sir Alister Clavering Hardy" [1] 25.11.2011 "Polar Explorers " [2] 05.11.2015 definitive set "Personalities and Ships" [1]
Sir Alister Clavering Hardy  on stamps of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands 2011 Robert Falcon Scott  on stamps of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands 2011 Sir Alister Clavering Hardy  on stamps of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands 2015

[1] Sir Alister Clavering Hardy (10 February 1896 – 22 May 1985) was an English marine biologist, an expert on marine ecosystems spanning organisms from zooplankton to whales. Sir Alister Clavering Hardy  on stamps of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands 2011 Hardy visited the islands iin 1024-1925 and helped design the shore laboratory on South Georgia (Discovery House) that is still standing today. IN 1926-1927 he publishes a papper about marine life at the islands - "The Plankton of the South Georgia Whaling Grounds and Adjacent Waters". [R3]
In 1960 he published a hypothesis that assumes that in the evolution of man the ancestors of man from the present time lived intensively in water for a long period of time. He argued that a branch of apes was forced by competition over terrestrial habitats to hunt for food such as shellfish on the sea shore and sea bed, leading to adaptations that explained distinctive characteristics of modern humans such as functional hairlessness and bipedalism
This hypothesis known as the aquatic ape hypothesis (AAH), also referred to as aquatic ape theory (AAT) or the waterside hypothesis. [R4]

Robert Falcon Scott  on stamps of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands 2011 [1] On the stamps wurh face value of 60p shows Robert Falcon Scott
Robert Falcon Scott CVO (6 June 1868 – 29 March 1912) was a Royal Navy officer and explorer who led two expeditions to the Antarctic regions: the Discovery expedition of 1901–1904 and the ill-fated Terra Nova expedition of 1910–1912.
Scott and his companions died on the second expedition. When Scott and his party's bodies were discovered, 16kg of Glossopteris tree (an extinct beech-like tree from 250 million years ago) fossils from Queen Maud Mountains found next to their bodies, which they had dragged on hand sledges. More details are here.



References:
  •   [R1] South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands: Wikipedia,
  •   [R2] Postal History and Philately of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands: Wikipedia, sgisland.gs, FPS Limited
              Links to official website of Post Authority, stamp catalog and list of new stamps of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands are here.
  •   [R3] Sir Alister Clavering Hardy: Wikipedia,
  •   [R4] Aquatic ape hypothesis: Wikipedia, The Conversation,



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