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Uncovering our future in Antarctica’s past

Event schedule details

Sunday 30 June

13.00-13.45

Event location details

Flett Tecture Theatre

Natural History Museum

The Antarctic continent covers about 60 times the area of the UK and is covered by up to four kilometres of ice. Melting ice affects global sea level and life in coastal regions around the globe.

Last year, Tina van de Flierdt, Professor of Isotope Geochemistry at Imperial College London, boarded a large drill ship and headed south. During eight weeks of 12-hour shifts, seven days a week, aboard a floating laboratory at the bottom of the Earth, she uncovered sea floor sediments that contain clues from a warmer world in the past.

Her talk will look back into the geological past to help us understand our own future, and what may happen to Antarctic ice in a warmer world.

This is part of our ‘Great Expeditions’ talks series. Take a look at the other talks in this series.


This event is free but booking is available to guarantee a place. Booking will open in June.

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Event categories

  • Adults
  • Talk