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What happens in Antarctica

Last week, the Upper Sixth geographers had the opportunity to listen to Olivier talk about his experiences at the Halley VI Base on the Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica, which extends into the Weddell Sea. It was amazing to hear the insights of someone who had actually visited Antarctica both in terms of exploring its physical geography and the learning about the practical realities of living there, including Olivier’s daily Ski-Doo snowmobile journey!

We were particularly struck by the impact warming oceans were already having on the ice shelf, especially the development of Chasm 1 and Halloween crack which resulted in the 13-week relocation of the entire base.

It was a really fascinating talk that greatly enhanced our understanding of Antarctica as a global common.

Anna U6D and Katy U6H

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