First expedition in Intenational Polar Year 2007-08 begins

Published: Monday 15 January 2007

Oden: Bringing polar research< (Credit: NSF)Polar Research us, Sweden, Chile

AN international team of scientists and teachers has sailed from Punta Arenas, Chile, for a two-week us National Science Foundation-sponsored a research cruise along the Antarctic coast to the Ross Sea. The expedition on board the Swedish icebreaker Oden is one of the first collaborative activities of the International Polar Year 2007-2008. Oden left Punta Arenas, historically a gateway city for Antarctic research. On its way south, the ship will transit the Drake Passage between South America and Antarctica, and then follow the Antarctic Peninsula and the coastline of the southernmost continent before entering the Ross Sea.

Along the way, scientists from the us, Sweden and Chile will conduct a variety of observations.They will be joined by two classroom educators selected by the us National Science Foundation, a Swedish teacher selected by the Swedish Polar Research Secretariat will work alongside Chilean teachers. The educators will interact with students at home, using shipboard telecommunications to file journals and conduct teleconferences, bringing the excitement of polar research to life.

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