Antarctica

IceShelfAntarctica is an amazing place for many reasons. It’s a pristine and exotic environment with scenery you’ll see almost nowhere else on the planet. It also has no permanent human habitation. The only reason we spend time on the continent is to do science. It’s a scientifically interesting place for many reasons. The structure of the Earth’s magnetic field means that it’s an ideal place to study various atmospheric phenomena, such as aurora. It’s has interesting geology. The dry air and – in places – the altitude means that it can be ideal for doing observational astronomy. And, it is a place where we can both study our climate history and study the potential impacts of climate change today.

Given that, I thought I would post a short video about Antarctica and its significance in terms of climate change. It comes from a collection of videos called Hay Levels, which are aimed at A-level students. Although I haven’t watched many, those I have watched are pretty good. Someone pointed these out to me, but I’m never sure if people want to be acknowledged or not. If they do, they can let me know, or claim credit through the comments 🙂

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7 Responses to Antarctica

  1. Richard Erskine says:

    Thanking whoever recommended it is fine 😉 … I think that well produced 3 minute (some a little longer) videos are great to inspire learners of any age … And she certainly inspires while leaving you wanting more (knowledge). Thanks for sharing.

  2. A little more cynical, there is so much Antarctic research to keep the territorial claims alive. But it is also an awesome place.

  3. Victor,
    Yes, I decided to avoid mentioning that. The motivation behind funding Antarctic research is almost certainly not simply because the science is of interest.

  4. Michael 2 says:

    A minor question — what is an “A” level student?

  5. M2,
    I wondered if anyone would ask that. It’s essentially the final year of high school in England.

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