Under The Ice: Studying One of the Last Unexplored Aquatic Environments on Earth
All web seminar participants use online tools that allow them to mark-up presenter's slides or share desktop applications in addition to engaging in chat with others online and answering poll questions

This Web Seminar took place on May 27, 2010 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Dr. Slawek Tulaczyk and Dr. Brent Christner who talked about Antarctica geography, the water under the Antarctic ice sheet, drilling in the sub glacial environment and the extent of the biosphere.

This is the fourth and final installment of a Web Seminar series sponsored by NASA, NOAA, and NSF as an extension of the last IPY. In this program, Dr. Slawek Tulaczyk and Dr. Brent Christner talked about the liquid water that is formed under the nearly two-mile thick Antarctic ice sheet and ways scientist are exploring what this water contains and how it is formed. Additionally, they presented information about life in the cold, how the liquid water is a habitat for microbial life and how the work done by scientists in Antarctica has icy implications for astrobiology.

Twenty-six (26) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and West Virginia.

Seminar participants received one of the NSTA SciGuides. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants My PD Record and Certificates 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:

  • “I most enjoyed the discussion of microbial life in Antarctica.”

  • “I don't know a lot about Antarctica. Find it very valuable to relate to glaciers.”

  • “Find microbes to be fascinating, particularly their interaction in the physical aspects of Earth Science. I plan to use this current information with my middle school students who believe that ice means nothing is living.”

  • “I teach biomes and knowing that there is life on Antarctica is literally pretty cool.”

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


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