Environmental journalist Alanna Mitchell visited Antarctica earlier this year to watch and hear the place breaking up.
Part Two of The Current
Melting Ice (Documentary)
Canadian satellites staring down on the bottom of the world have helped spot something remarkable about Antarctica. The continent's glaciers move around like rivers, following well worn paths from deep inside the continent. They don't flow very quickly, about 200 metres a year, but the slow-motion meandering caught many researchers by surprise. The ice doesn't follow the models scientists have relied on.
This could be a big deal since most of the ice on Earth is located in the continent, and its melting will have an impact on sea levels. Alanna Mitchell has learned first hand how slowly Antarctica gives up its secrets.
She's an environmental journalist who visited Antarctica in January as a faculty member with Students on Ice. The group takes teenagers from all over the world to the planet's poles. We asked Alanna to take a recorder with her on the trip. Here is her documentary, Melting Ice. It first aired on The Current in February.
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