National Geographic : 1956 Mar
to swell and roll, the birds remained sub merged and, like torpedoes shot from firing tubes, headed for their objective with amaz ing speed. Exploding out of the breaking surf, they made their landings, sometimes on their bellies, sometimes on their feet, and stumbled forward. As if embarrassed by their own clumsiness, they picked themselves up quickly and wad dled self-consciously up the beach. There, beyond reach of the waves, they stopped to regain their composure, usually preened for a while, and rested briefly before the next stage in their return to the colony. I Though the gentoos' colony stood on a knoll only a few hundred yards from the sea, the path to it circled far inland. Used by countless generations of gentoos, the trail was well-worn and clearly marked. 393 + Stanley Streets Look Deserted Strong winds keep residents indoors most of the time. Empty oil drums clutter the streetside. + Falklands Guard the Road to Cape Horn Capt. John Davis, an Englishman, discovered the islands in 1592. Great Britain annexed them as a Crown Colony in 1833, but Argentina still disputes British sovereignty. East and West Falkland, to gether with some 200 islets, almost equal Connecticut in size. South America lies 300 miles to the west, Antarctica 800 miles to the south. Puerto Coig Westp" , p FALKLAN D Fe 6d" .; 1alkl, Gallegos ISLANDS New Island ' Colliers n r Weddell Islan West SMagella Falkland o )Strait : - MagC..JL anantiales Sou th Atlati c F CL A Ocean. Berkeley Sod Esa Cares Poin ow ao DCape Horn TATT MILESiam o - STATUTE MILES © National Geographic Map Drawn by Victor J. Kelley and Robert C.Ellis, Jr.