My recent Antarctic trip allowed me a digression on South Georgia where I retraced part of Shackleton's epic crossing in 1916.
Antarctica is a continent for science. Not owned by any one country (the only place on Earth that can claim that), it is nevertheless the home of over 70 scientific bases (representing 30 countries) which can justify the difficult logistics and expense of supporting human beings in an unpopulated wilderness. Here are some of the reasons why.
Professor Richard Alley is one of the world's leading glaciologists and climate scientists. While we were down in Antarctica I took the opportunity to interview him about the importance of ice research to understanding climate change. Opens in a new window.