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Visit the southern-most colony of Adélie penguins at Cape Royds, where biologists have been monitoring the birds since the 1960s. Then, observe orca and Weddell seals, as well as lesser known, tiny creatures that have evolved different strategies to survive the harshest winter conditions in a freeze-dried state.
Hear from natural scientists, social scientists and artists working on the frozen continent, and learn about the methods used to monitor human impact and what is being done to protect this fragile ecosystem.
Through lectures filmed on location on Ross Island and in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica, you’ll gain an intimate understanding of how both animals and humans adapt to life in one of the world’s harshest, and most breathtaking environments.
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- What biologists are discovering about how Antarctic animals cope with living in freezing conditions and months of darkness.
- How climate change affects marine and terrestrial ecosystems and Antarctic wildlife.
- How scientists and artists prepare for a trip to Antarctica, what life is really like once they arrive and how they reflect on their experience on their return home.
- What scientific researchers are learning about the impact of human activities on Antarctica.
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