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Antarctica school presentation


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Todd Latham joined Robert Swan and an international group of people on an expedition to Antarctica in March 2011. Part of the effort to educate the world about climate change, renewable energy and the future of the planet's last untouched wilderness - Antarctica.

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Antarctica school presentation

  1. 1. Adventure to Antarctica March 2011 By Todd Latham
  2. 2. Antarctic Explorers Ernest Shackleton lost his ship but saved all his menRoald Amundsenfrom Norway was thefirst to reach the South Robert F. ScottPole in 1911. was a British hero
  3. 3. Robert Swan - The first person to walk to BOTHthe South Pole and the North Pole!– Polar explorer & founder of
  4. 4. Facts about Antarctica• It is bigger than Canada! - 14 million sq. km.• Nobody owns Antarctica but some countries think they do.• The most cold, dry and windy place on earth.• Antarctica is a peaceful and unspoiled wilderness, dedicated to science, with a worldwide agreement that doesn’t allow armies, mining or drilling for oil.
  5. 5. We flew to Argentinato start our journey...... you can also getto Antarctica fromAfrica, New Zealandor Australia!
  6. 6. The bottom of South America –over 11,000km from Toronto and still 3,900km awayfrom the South Pole! There were 72 people from all over the world on the trip
  7. 7. We left for the bottom of the planet…across the scary Drake Passage.The waves were bigger than a truck!
  8. 8. What is it like there? NOT like this! Did you know that polar bears live in the far north and penguins live in the far south – they don’t live together!
  9. 9. I’m eating ice that is 10,000 years old!We explored on zodiacs(special boats), learned aboutthe environment and saw lots ofanimals. What kind did we see?
  10. 10. Penguins!This is a baby Gentoo penguin– one of the most commonthat we saw… - there werethousands of them and theypooped all over the place!
  11. 11. Did You Know………?• Baby penguins ‘molt’ - they shed the feathers they are born with. When young penguins are still covered in down, they have less chance of survival if it rains and they get wet. The down protects them from the snow; but the rise in global temperatures means that it rains more in Antarctica.• There are seven kinds of penguins…
  12. 12. Penguins of AntarcticaMacaroni Chinstrap Rockhopper Adélie Gentoo King Emperor
  13. 13. And seals…Fur Seal Weddell Seal Some of them sleep on icebergs.
  14. 14. Crabeater Seal They don’t actually eat crabs... They eat krill – a small kind of shrimp:Not all seals are cute….
  15. 15. Leopard Seal
  16. 16. Leopard Seals… are big andeat penguins forbreakfast!
  17. 17. Facts about Antarctica• Antarctica holds 70% of the world’s fresh water.• Many of these huge icebergs have broken away from the land and are slowly melting.• If a lot of the ice melts, many coastal cities will go under water and people will lose homes.
  18. 18. The ice is very old and very thick – in some places it is over seven times as tall as the CN Tower!Icebergs and glaciersare really, really BIG!
  19. 19. We saw lots of whales...
  20. 20. That’s me!WhalesHumpback andMinke whales werea common sight onour expedition.Their breath stinks! Would you want to swim in that water?
  21. 21. I DID !Many of us took the “Polar Plunge”…and went swimming in the ocean --itwas really cold!
  22. 22. While nobody owns Antarctica, some people live there… to studyThere are about10,000 scientists andexplorers from all overthe world who stay inAntarctica each year.
  23. 23. International Antarctica Expedition 2011An adventure to better understand theglobal environment with lots of smartpeople… but we need you to help!
  24. 24. 5 things you can do…• Recycle and reuse things instead of throwing them in the garbage• Turn off lights when you leave the room• Don’t leave the water running• Tell your friends to do those things too• Keep learning about the environment and maybe you’ll get to go to Antarctica when you grow up!
  25. 25. “The world ought to have the sense to leave just one place on earth alone.” – Sir Peter Scott