Antarctica - beauty unsurpassed


Antarctica - beauty unsurpassed

Linnean Society Lunch-time Lecture, 12.30 - 13.30

Speaker: Dr Gill Mapstone FLS, Department of Life Sciences, The Natural History Museum


Antarctica is the coldest continent on Earth and comprises a Precambrian East Antarctic craton and West Antarctic complex of crustal fragments. Sea-floor spreading formed the tectonically active Scotia Arc, opened deep gateways between Antarctica and its adjacent Gondwana neighbours permitting complete Southern Ocean circulation (the Antarctic Circumpolar Current – ACC), making Antarctica an isolated inhospitable continent. The talk traces the oceanography and special wildlife of Antarctica, its natural and human history, threats from global warming, based on a unique cruise to the Falklands, South Georgia, and the Antarctic Peninsula celebrating 125 years of the Geological Society of America.

This event is free and open to all, registration is not necessary.
Image above: © G.Mapstone