Antarctica 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 🙂