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Antarctica, Planet Hunter

Episode: Antarctica, Planet Hunter

  • Feb 20, 2016
  • 51:03 mins

Guest: Alasdair Macleod, Head of Collections at the Royal Geographical Society in London; Byron Adams, PhD, Professor of Biology at BYU  Antarctica is one of the most extreme environments in the world. In this segment, we speak with a BYU scientist who just got back from a two-month stint on the Frozen Continent. We hear what life there is like and what scientists can learn on Antarctica that they can’t learn anywhere else.  The most famous survival story from Antarctica is that of Ernest Shackleton and the crew of The Endurance. Shackleton was a seasoned British explorer who set out in December 1914 to cross all of Antarctica on foot. But just getting to the part where they could start walking required dodging enormous sheets of floating ice, often using the ship as a battering ram to press forward. Six weeks into the sea voyage – with land in sight - “The Endurance” got stuck and was slowly crushed by the ice over the next ten months. Shackleton and his crew of about two dozen men were forced to abandon the ship and spend another nine months in a grueling test of their will to survive. The entire saga was captured in remarkable detail by the crew’s official photographer – James Francis Hurley. To mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of The Endurance, the Royal Geographical Society in London is showcasing never-before-seen photographs by Hurley that reveal a lot about the perils of Antarctica.  View the photographs here