Antarctica: From Geology to Human History

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Explore the continent of Antarctica and more than 500 million years of geological history and 250 years of geographical discovery and scientific endeavour.

In this course, you will learn through lectures filmed on location on Ross Island and in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica.

Cliff, 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.

Rebecca, a science historian and writer who has written extensively about Antarctica, visits Captain Robert Scott’s huts on Ross Island and interviews conservators from the Antarctic Heritage Trust and scientis...

Explore the continent of Antarctica and more than 500 million years of geological history and 250 years of geographical discovery and scientific endeavour.

In this course, you will learn through lectures filmed on location on Ross Island and in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica.

Cliff, 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.

Rebecca, a science historian and writer who has written extensively about Antarctica, 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.

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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 2 months ago
The content and presentation was stunning. There was so much packed into this course, I only wish it had run over a longer time period. The geological section was extremely informative and challenged my understanding.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 2 months ago
Excellent course. I wish it had been longer. The transition from Antarctic history to the science of what is happening to this continent is smooth and very educational. The videos are well done and the format is easy to follow. There is a broad array to presenters and you get the sense that anyone who goes there comes away with a true respect for the important work that is being done to understand what lies before us.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 2 months ago
Loved it! Diverse content, and multiple presenters kept it fresh and interesting. The videos from the labs, the engineering sites, the Transantarctic Mountains, the Dry Valleys and other locations in Antarctica were especially welcome. It definitely fueled my desire to see it for myself!
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 2 months ago
Not sure what you mean by "provider". I'm giving it a 3 because I don't know what it is. Great coverage of a lot of topics about the continent in a short period of time. Started off a little slow but some fascinating information about the exploration, history, geology and scientific testing that's happening. Only had time to audit the course.
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8/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 2 months ago
Well crafted course, excellent presenters. Content is early exploration history, geology and interviews with current researchers - but not penguins, tourism, modern adventurers, or politics and national rivalries.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 2 months ago
This course was so well done! Every aspect showed such attention to detail and presenting information in ways that would make sense. Videos, photographs, interviews, props, and knowledge checks, and skillfully written text for each component were all excellent features. I learned a lot of new content that I will be able to pass along in my polar education outreach work with learners of all ages.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 2 months ago
This course was excellent! I learned much more than I expected and will have more information to share when doing presentations about my previous trips to Antarctica. But now I really, really, really want to go back again!!
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3 years, 2 months ago
Loved doing this course after being down in Antarctica, This course just made it more real for me, and have learnt the finer details of this amazing continent .. Thank-you
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3 years, 2 months ago
I learned a great deal, for that I am very grateful! I was ready and willing to start this adventure to see what I would discover and the course did not disappoint!
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8/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 2 months ago
I found the course excellent, and I learnt more than I expected. The presentations were very good, well structured and easy to follow. Highly recommended for all that are interested in the history and science of Antarctica and what research there can teach us about former times and the future of our global climate.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 2 months ago
Excellent course! Superb instructors, high quality video lectures, excellent resources---including a free textbook. This course is inspirational not only for those interested in the history of missions to Antarctica and preservation of that history, but also for those interested in its geology and its place in the larger space of climate science.
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8/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 2 months ago
Very interesting presentation, full of facts and stories. Good meaningful graphics and comprehensive coverage. I've tried to complete this review 4 times but it doesn't accept my 150 characters, only flashes the stars on and doesn't give me the box to enter Instructor or provider reviews. Course good, Review system very poor!
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 2 months ago
This course is brilliant. Professionally put together and presented. As a total novice I found it very accessible and learnt far more than I expected. Certainly the best course I have done so far.
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