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2-Jan-2014

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Contact: Megan Sever
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American Geosciences Institute

EARTH Magazine: Geological travels in Antarctica

Following in the footsteps of giants

Alexandria, VA Yesterday, 52 scientists, journalists and tourists were rescued from frozen Antarctic waters, where their ship, the MV Akademik Shokalskiy, had been stuck in ice since December 24th, 2013. Everyone was safe but what would make people travel in such perilous conditions to the southernmost part of the planet? Adventure, history and tremendous scientific research opportunities is what continually draws people to explore the frigid continent.

There, people can see species that exist nowhere else on Earth, can see the remains of ancient supercontinents and can walk in the footsteps of scientific giants like Darwin and Shackleton experiencing an environment incomprehensible, and far too inhospitable for most. In the January issue, EARTH Magazine takes you an expedition to the Antarctic through a geoscientist's eyes http://bit.ly/1g3c8Hl.

Get the full geoscience perspective from EARTH Magazine, including articles about farm to table experiences in China and an op-ed on the role of vital energy discussions from documentary filmmaker and geoscientist Scott W. Tinker, by downloading the January 2014 issue or subscribing at http://www.earthmagazine.org.

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Keep up to date with the latest happenings in Earth, energy and environment news with EARTH magazine online at http://www.earthmagazine.org/. Published by the American Geosciences Institute, EARTH is your source for the science behind the headlines.

The American Geosciences Institute is a nonprofit federation of 50 geoscientific and professional associations that represents more than 250,000 geologists, geophysicists and other earth scientists. Founded in 1948, AGI provides information services to geoscientists, serves as a voice of shared interests in the profession, plays a major role in strengthening geoscience education, and strives to increase public awareness of the vital role the geosciences play in society's use of resources, resiliency to natural hazards, and interaction with the environment.



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