Antarctica MOOC

Come along on a virtual field trip to Antarctica, look at the geology and delve into the history of the coldest, driest, windiest continent on earth.

Enrolments are open now for the April 2017 course.

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Through lectures filmed on location on Ross Island and in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica, students will explore more than 500 million years of geological history and 250 years of geographical discovery and scientific endeavour.

Dr Atkins, an Antarctic veteran, with 12 seasons on the ice, will introduce you to some of our planet’s most remarkable landscapes—the Dry Valleys, the Transantarctic Mountains and the world’s southernmost volcanic island.

At a remote field camp, he interviews fellow geologists studying fossil-rich sediments—from a time when Antarctica was 20°C warmer than today—to see what Antarctica’s past climate can reveal about what the future might hold.

Dr Priestley, a science historian and writer who has written extensively about Antarctica—her most recent book is an anthology of Antarctic science—visits Captain Robert Scott’s huts on Ross Island and interviews conservators from the Antarctic Heritage Trust and scientists and logistics staff working at Scott Base and McMurdo Station.

You’ll learn about the explorers and scientists from around the world who have been drawn to work and sometimes risk their lives here—from James Cook’s first venture below the Antarctic Circle, to the British scientists who discovered the ozone hole, to the first women to work on the ice.