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Antarctica as a Time Machine: Our Portal to Snowball Earth and Faraway Worlds

July 24, 2019 By

This month, we invited three scientists whose work is directly related to Antarctica to discuss the potential of this “continent for science”. Peter Roopnarine, Curator of Geology, Department of Invertebrate Zoology & Geology, Institute for Biodiversity Science and Sustainability,
California Academy of Sciences,  has studied ecosystems in extreme environments and how a planet emerges from a snowball to become a diverse biosphere. Tyler Mackey, Postdoctoral Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, focuses his research on habitats of the cryosphere and has dived in the lakes of the McMurdo Dry Valleys in Antarctica to study records of microbial activity. Ariel Waldman, citizen scientist and artist, just recently came back from an expedition in Antarctica, where she filmed microbes living within glaciers, under the sea ice, and in subglacial ponds. While there, she also shadowed various research teams, including a mission testing an autonomous underwater vehicle.

Beyond understanding the past life of our planet, Antarctica is a great platform to study life in an extreme environment. This month’s speakers are explorers who travel to the bottom of Earth to search for and characterize life with instruments that could one day explore Europa’s ocean. They’ll share their thoughts on Earth’s cryogenic past, when the surface was entirely or partially frozen, and discuss how their work in Antarctica is related to understanding its impact on the expansion of complex multicellular life.


14 Comments on "Antarctica as a Time Machine: Our Portal to Snowball Earth and Faraway Worlds"

  1. aresmars2003
    July 24, 2019

    39:00 "Antarctica roughly the size of North America "
    Almost off by factor of 2!
    1. Asia 44,579,000 Sq. Km 30%
    2. Africa 30,065,000 Sq. Km 20.3%
    3. North America 24,256,000 Sq. Km 16.3%
    4. South America 17,819,000 Sq. Km 12.0%
    5. Antarctica 13,209,000 Sq. Km 8.9%
    6. Europe 9,938,000 Sq. Km 6.7%
    7. Australia (plus Oceania) 7,687,000 Sq. Km 5.2%
    It is significantly bigger than 48 states:

  2. J Trotter
    July 24, 2019

    Sound! Turn up the sound!

  3. Soto Gremble
    July 24, 2019

    Geared for elementary school children (or adults from California)

  4. Soto Gremble
    July 24, 2019

    Im 12mins in and theyre only talking about themselves. Its more like watching someones vacation photos. An artist "advises" nasa lol. Fuck these retards. She joined a microscopy club and trained herself. Thats 'women in science' in 2019. Lets have an entire month to celebrate her achievments

  5. Lyle Mccullough
    July 24, 2019

    You know the effect of trying to see a particle near the event horizon. With your on site observations ,bringing to the environment of Antarctica all the resources needed to stay “andOBSERVE”whitch brings HEAT

  6. Alex Martin
    July 24, 2019

    what if Antarctica is earth?

  7. Will Johnson
    July 24, 2019

    Scientists need artists more than they realise. And vice versa.

  8. Ron Mader
    July 24, 2019

    50:00 This is home.
    50:20 Normalizing

  9. Owen Carter
    July 24, 2019

    Very Quiet. Try some gain guys.

  10. Keith butler
    July 24, 2019

    Good stuff, thanks ?ETI .

  11. Robert van den Eijk
    July 24, 2019

    16:07 To me, this is what an alien world could look like. Wow... (Not the signal :) )

  12. Marc-André Brunet
    July 24, 2019

    I follow ?ETI since 1998 ! Bravo Team

  13. zapfanzapfan
    July 24, 2019

    Oh, good, you uploaded the complete version. Thank you!

    Seth starts to talk at 4:40 I prefer to survive my expeditions ;-)

  14. Simon Sylvester
    July 24, 2019


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