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Dec. 29, 2010

The End of the Year At The End of The Earth

by Ira Flatow

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We’re going to wrap up our year of 2010 with two very different stories from two very different places in the same neighborhood: Antarctica. I have to confess my love for the continent after visiting it in 1979. It’s incredible beauty, juxtaposed by it’s unforgiving nature, changed the way I look at the world forever.
 
Our first story is more stark evidence that global warming is changing the polar regions faster than any other place on the planet. It traces a scientist, Bill Fraser, who has been watching a colony of Penguins for the past 35 years. And now he see’s them vanishing, down to one lonely bird. These Adelis live off the sea ice and depend on it for survival. And now that that ice is vanishing, so are the penguins. You can read all about it in:
 
 
Both Montaigne and Fraser join us on Science Friday to talk about global climate changes and it’s effects on Antarctica and thus the rest of the world.

And you can watch an impressive slide show and commentary Montaigne created for an article in the New Yorker.
Our second story comes thousands of miles away, in on the other side of Antarctica from the top of Mount Erebus, one of the most active volcanos in the world.
 
 
Photo: Kayla Iacovino
 
From the summit, Kayla Iacovino, has been blogging for weeks for us, sending back breathtaking pictures of the volcano and the ice caves. And this time we get to talk to her, live, by satellite phone.
 
 
A Happy and Healthy New Year to one and all.
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