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John Kerry Travels to Antarctica to Study Climate Change

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flies over the Taylor Valley area near McMurdo Station, Antarctica, Nov. 11, 2016.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flies over the Taylor Valley area near McMurdo Station, Antarctica, Nov. 11, 2016.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Antarctica Friday, ahead of an international climate-change conference in Marrakesh next week.

After an early-morning departure from Christchurch, New Zealand, Kerry flew to McMurdo Station, the base of U.S. operations in Antarctica. Kerry is traveling from McMurdo to a small U.S. research station near the South Pole, where he will speak with experts there before returning to McMurdo for the night.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, center, disembarks from a U.S. Air Force C17 Globemaster with the National Science Foundation's Scott Borg, right, at the Pegasus ice runway near McMurdo Station, Antarctica on Nov. 11, 2016.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, center, disembarks from a U.S. Air Force C17 Globemaster with the National Science Foundation's Scott Borg, right, at the Pegasus ice runway near McMurdo Station, Antarctica on Nov. 11, 2016.

Kerry's aides say the trip is an opportunity for him to learn about Antarctic climate change.

Kerry has made no public statements while in Antarctica, but on Thursday in Christchurch he congratulated U.S. President-elect Donald Trump for winning what Kerry called a "momentous election" earlier this week.

Kerry returns to New Zealand on Saturday to meet with Prime Minister John Key.

From there, he travels to the middle east for talks and then on to Marrakesh, Morocco, where he is slated to deliver a major speech.

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