Science columnist Lee Hotz describes a remarkable project at WAIS Divide, Antarctica, where a hardy team are drilling into ten-thousand-year-old ice to extract vital data on our changing climate. Robert Lee Hotz is the science columnist for the Wall Street Journal, where he writes about cutting-edge research on climate change, cosmology, molecular medicine, the human brain and much more ... He has traveled three times to the South Pole.
Hotz begins and ends his talk with poetic language about the place he calls “this planet’s last empty quarter.” Explore other images and accounts of Antarctica, and create an artistic response to what you uncover. Possibilities include poems, videos, short stories, original music and more. Good resources include: National Geographic: Your Antarctica Photos--http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/your-antarctica-photos/
The Atlantic: Recent Scenes from Antarctica http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2011/03/recent-scenes-from-antarctica/100019/
Jon E. Lewis’s bookThe Mammoth Book of Antarctic Journeys (2012)Douglas R.G. Sellick’s bookFirst Impressions: Antarctica(2001)
WAIS Divide Ice Core Project http://www.waisdivide.unh.edu/
Wall Street Journal: Mining for cold, hard facts: Scientists probe Antarctic ice to settle climate debates (05/29/2010) http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704655004575114010457906340.html?KEYWORDS=wais+divide#articleTabs%3Darticle