South Africa Postal Services 2009 Issue
Designed by Annemarie Wessels

Preserve the Polar Regions and Glaciers

The South Africa Postal Service has issued a new miniature sheet with two stamps that have a standard postage value named "Preserve the Polar Regions and Glaciers" on the 2nd of March 2009. South Africa and 27 other countries have joined forces to raise awareness of the IPY (International Polar Year) Program. The program is designed to inform and educate the public, and help train the next generation of engineers, scientists and leaders in the field of polar research. It covers two full annual cycles from March 2007 to March 2009 and involves more than 200 different projects and thousands of scientists from more than 60 nations exploring a wide range of physical, biological and social research topics. The polar areas have many unique phenomena. For example, circulatory systems for air and water, Earth's magnetic field lines, and thick glaciers that have trapped air and water from ancient times. The South Africa Post Office is proud to issue this Miniature Sheet that depicts an Antarctic landscape showing both underwater and above-water wildlife. The symbol in the bottom right hand corner is the ice crystal, which is the unifying graphic element used in the designs of all participating countries. The stamp on the top half of the miniature sheet features the Light-mantled Sooty Albatoss; and the bottom stamp features a Jelly Fish with Anphipods (small living creatures that live on the Jelly Fish). Emperor Penguins diving into the water are depicted to the left of the two stamps; and two Deep-sea Spiny Lanternfish are seen below them in deeper water. Starfish are shown on the bottom and to the right of the two stamps.

"Preserve the Polar Regions and Glaciers" stamps can be purchased as a Miniature sheet or FDC. The size of the stamps are 48mm x 30.45mm and the Miniature sheet size is 120mm x 80mm. They will be printed by Joh. Enschede Stamps B.V., The Netherland using the offset lithography printing process with 110gsm Sopal stamp paper. A quantity of 100,000 will be printed.

Preserve the Polar Regions and Glaciers FDC

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