Who was Ernest Shackleton?

Ernest Shackleton is regarded as having bee one of the greatest polar explorers of all time. His legendary escape from his trapped and shattered ship, Endurance, lives on today as a great example of leadership. The lengths to which he went to ensure the safety of his crew are modern day epics.

You can find out more about Shackleton here, including a list of some of the many books about him: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_Shackleton. There is another interesting Shackleton website here: http://indigo.ie/~jshack/ernest.html

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What is the future for tourism in Antarctica?

Following some well publicised problems associated with tourism in Antarctica, in April 2009, the signatories to the Antarctic Treaty are proposing to limit tourist numbers:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/8005467.stm

What’s in the Antarctic Treaty?

You can view a copy of the original treaty here:

http://www.atsummit50.aq/file/Original%20Antarctic%20Treaty_Englsh-French-Russian-Spanish_1%20December%201959.pdf

You can see the original treaty being signed here:

http://www.atsummit50.aq/file/Antarctic%20Treaty%20Signing%20Photo_1%20December%201959.pdf

Can scientists uncover the Ghost Peaks of Antarctica?

The British Antarctic Survey is part of an international project to investigate the Gamburtsev Mountains, which lie buried under kilometres of ice. Will they be able to work out why the mountains are there?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7668070.stm

http://www.antarctica.ac.uk/press/featured/AGAP/hidden_world.php

The scientists finished their mapping in early 2009:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7908824.stm

More details of what they found are here:

http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/~mstuding/AGAP/

What is it like to work in Antarctica?

This video by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) shows what they do, why they do it and how they do it:

http://www.antarctica.ac.uk/about_bas/our_organisation/introduction_video.php

Here’s a snapshot of life on BAS duty from Decemebr 2010:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-11949857

How is the White Continent under threat?

Some of the pressures faced by Antarctica are explained here:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7317421.stm

Is the West Antarctic Ice Sheet becoming less stable?

Glaciologists working in Antarctica have discovered evidence which suggests that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is becoming less stable:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7261171.stm