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SPICE Core: Investigating Past Climate at the South Pole

This web seminar took place on December 10, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. eastern time. The presenters were Dr. T. J. Fudge, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Washington, Earth & Space Sciences, and Linda M. Morris, Education & Outreach Program Manager, US Ice Drilling Program Office, Dartmouth College.


With a focus on Investigating Past Climate at the South Pole, T.J. Fudge introduced the US Ice Drilling Program and its main goals - and quizzed participants on their knowledge of past glacial maximums and where one would drill to get the oldest ice possible. T.J. then explained why they worked in the South Pole specifically, how the West Antarctic Climate on East Antartica is so telling of past climates - especially due to its preservation of carbon dioxide, methane and carbonyl sulfide - and how the drilling process worked in practice. Linda then spoke about the correlation between the topic and NGSS and provided participants with various links to both teacher and student resources. Participants were given time throughout the session to ask questions as well as at the end.


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A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificate area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.


Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • "Overall, this was a fantastic seminar - extremely informative and I really enjoyed the interactive aspect. "
  • "This fits in well with my student polar research unit."
  • "I enjoyed the connection to NGSS, that was very relevant for me."

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!




For more information contact webseminars@nsta.org


Underwritten by the U.S. Ice Drilling Program Office and the National Science Foundation
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