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The first recorded expedition to Antarctica was in 1821. It was a place where no human lived. Thanks to the work of explorers and scientists we know a lot about the frozen continent.

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Antarctica

The first recorded expedition to Antarctica was in 1821. It was a place where no human lived. Thanks to the work of explorers and scientists we know a lot about the frozen continent.

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Come and visit Antarctica!

Ever wondered what it's like in Antarctica? Watch this clip to find out! Join reporter Karen Barlow aboard the Aurora Australis, Australia's Antarctic research and resupply ship. What does she say is the difference between an iceberg and an iceflow? What do the horizontal lines in icebergs tell us? Why not do some research ...

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Classroom Antarctica: Who owns Antarctica?

This learning sequence includes an inquiry into factors or events that have influenced Australia’s connection to Antarctica. It investigates Australia’s involvement in the early exploration of the Antarctic region and which countries have laid claim to Antarctica. Activities explore the treaty is in place to protect Antarctica ...

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Classroom Antarctica: Technology in Antarctica

This learning sequence investigates the different types of technology that scientists use to better understand the animals of the Antarctic. Through guided research students explore scientific studies of animals in a marine ecosystem and identify how technology is used to monitor and track their movements and behaviours. ...

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Classroom Antarctica: Living in Antarctica

In this learning sequence, students investigate the challenges of living in the driest and windiest continent on Earth. They interpret maps to understand how remote Australia's research stations are and hypothesise reasons for their locations. Students investigate daily life on a station, the different roles of the people ...

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Scientists in Antarctica

Explore the driest, windiest, coldest place on Earth. Discover why scientists flock to Antarctica every year. This clip explains how studying the tiny bubbles buried in the Antarctic ice can teach us about what the Earth was like long ago.

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Classroom Antarctica: naming the new icebreaker

In 2016, the Australian Government commissioned the design and build of a new icebreaker to support Australian research in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. A competition for Australian school students will determine the name. This learning sequence provides some background on naming conventions for ships and boats and ...

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Lakes in Antarctica

Scientists are not complacent. We still have a lot to learn about the water cycle. The discovery of glacial lakes under the ice in Antarctica actively transporting water between reservoirs was a surprise. These lakes can be up to 3km beneath the ice sheets. The pressure of the ice above helps to melt the ice, forming lakes. ...

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Classroom Antarctica: travelling to Antarctica in the 20th century

This learning sequence explores the ways the design, specifications and travelling times of ships bound for Antarctica in the 20th century have changed. Students compare the features of a variety of vessels then create an annotated timeline that demonstrates how particular aspects of Antarctic ships have changed between ...

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Classroom Antarctica: Antarctic animals

This is a learning sequence exploring the characteristics and features of living things in the Antarctic. Students are introduced to the term 'species' and explore how groups of living things are grouped and categorised by their distinguishing features. A series of animal and plant picture cards are used to create a simple ...

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Classroom Antarctica: Antarctic Adaptations

This is a learning sequence exploring how animals and plants survive the harsh Antarctic climate. A guided research template supports students to organise information from the Australian Antarctic Division website on the different physical, physiological and behavioural adaptations of the animals and plants in the region. ...

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Ice melt in Greenland and Antarctica

This interview demonstrates the complexity of data and models trying to predict and measure the impacts of climate change. Antarctica has experienced major shelf collapse recently. Mark Tedesco describes what it is known about melting over Greenland and in Antarctica and how he collects data in these extreme conditions. ...

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Classroom Antarctica: Brr! A polar climate

This is a learning sequence that guides students to collect and analyse climate data to explore climate variations in different locations around the world including their own. The activity requires students to conduct a simple experiment and predict, then compare findings. Live links to web cams at the Australian stations ...

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Classroom Antarctica: designing an icebreaker

In this learning sequence, students explore the science carried out on icebreakers and how icebreakers are designed. They research out how scientists and engineers use scale models, water tanks and ice tanks to design and test real ships. A final task invites students to design their own icebreaker, then test and refine ...

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Classroom Antarctica: Predators and prey

In this learning sequence, students explore feeding relationships between Antarctic animals. They investigate food chains and explore different predator-prey relationships in the food web. The activity compares the food chains of blue whales and orcas (killer whales) and considers how the changes in the amount of daylight ...

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Working among vegetation on Antarctica

This is a colour photograph showing a scientist walking across the rocky surface of one of the Dry Valleys of Antarctica. In the foreground, patches of moss and lichen can be seen growing around a shallow stream of meltwater.

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Aurora australis time-lapse over Antarctica

Sometimes called Southern Lights, the aurora australis is a wondrous lightshow seldom seen in the night sky. These auroral displays are caused by charged particles from the Sun interacting with Earth's magnetic field. View this stunning lightshow captured from Davis, Antarctica in 2012.

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Accelerating glaciers in Antarctica

Discover a white world in which glaciers are racing toward the sea at seven times their normal speed. This is what is happening in Antarctica now and the consequences will eventually be felt at your nearest beach. Travel with scientist Dr Paul Williams to see some stunning images of what is occurring around the fringes ...

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Classroom Antarctica: natural resources and waste management

This learning sequence investigates how basic human needs are met and the natural resources that are consumed aboard an icebreaker en route to Antarctica. Students research life aboard Australia's newest icebreaker and structure research questions to guide their inquiries. They can deliver their findings as a written, ...