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Weddell Sea Expedition 2019

The Weddell Sea Expedition 2019 brings together world-leading glaciologists, marine biologists, oceanographers and marine archaeologists on S.A. Agulhas II, one of the largest and most modern polar research vessels in the world.

Its aims are to investigate the ice shelves around the Weddell Sea and, in particular, the Larsen C Ice Shelf from which a giant iceberg broke off in July 2017, to document the rich and little-studied marine life of the western Weddell Sea ecosystem, and to attempt to locate and survey the wreck of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship ‘Endurance’, which was trapped and crushed by the ice and sank in the Weddell Sea in 1915.

This unprecedented 45-day scientific expedition will endeavour to navigate its way through the heavy sea ice, freezing temperatures and harsh weather of this extreme and forbidding environment, in order to solve unanswered questions about one of the most remote areas of our planet.

By uncovering vital new scientific data, the expedition hopes to improve our understanding of the Weddell Sea, and to use that knowledge to contribute towards the protection of the region and to inspire young people about science, engineering and technology.

Calling All Educators!

Bring the 2019 Weddell Sea Expedition Live to Your Classroom! Is your classroom ready to virtually explore Antarctica alongside a real scientific expedition to the Weddell Sea?

With our partners from Reach the World, your students can join leading glaciologists, marine biologists, oceanographers and marine archeologists aboard S.A. Agulhas II, one of the largest and most modern polar research vessels in the world! We’re taking STEM education to the next level through real-time interactions with scientists who are exploring one of the most remote areas of the planet. Plus, you’ll have a front row seat in the search for Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship ‘Endurance’, which was trapped and crushed by pack ice in the Weddell Sea in 1915! This program runs from January 2 to February 22, 2019.

•   Click here to sign-up, and learn more!

Educational Resources

Along with the programs provided by Reach the World, our friends at the Royal Geographical Society have also created a repository of resources for educators. The Society is working with the expedition to provide educational resources to inspire young people about science, engineering and technology, as well as the protection of Antarctica, and will ensure that its research and findings are shared as widely as possible to students and schools around the world.

•   Click here for RGS Educator Resources

News & Blogs

The team from the Weddell Sea Expedition is providing live updates for those of us on shore, including regular social media updates, the educational outreach above, as well as regular blog posts describing life on the ship, told by those aboard!

Be sure to check-back for regular updates to the “Shackleton Blog,” posted right on the News section on our homepage!

Blogs:
•   2 January 2019: New Year Celebrations

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