Antarctic Earth sciences with an award-winning meteorologist
Antarctica is one of the marvels of the natural world, overflowing with more wonders than any one voyage can convey. But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth trying: Let award-winning meteorologist Drew Anderson entertain and inform you with interactive workshops devoted to uncovering some of the Southern Hemisphere’s prime polar mysteries.
Weather workshop: Explore the wild world of Antarctic meteorology
In our weather workshops, we run simple experiments with items found on the vessel. (Did you know, for example, that ice cubes can crush a water bottle?) You can partake in these experiments, which provide a better understanding of Antarctica’s distinct weather and climate.
Geology workshop: Plumb the depths of Antarctica’s glaciers and volcanoes
Hondius geology workshops focus on Antarctica’s rocky, volcanic, often violent past. Among the demonstrations in this activity is one on gas pressure and explosions, followed by an exploration of Antarctic glaciers. After all, you can’t study Antarctica without discussing glaciers.
Environment workshop: Check out changing wildlife habits and Antarctic research
During our environmental workshops, we examine the fluctuating habits of penguins and other marine species due to climate change. We also cover the state of the South Pole ozone layer as well as the recent discoveries of Antarctic research projects.
Space workshop: Discover Antarctica’s connection to the final frontier
What causes the Antarctic southern lights (aurora australis)? How is Antarctica like Mars? How might a better understanding of Antarctic terrain contribute to future settlement of the Red Planet? These are some of the fascinating forward-looking topics we address in our space workshops.
Last but not least, an Antarctic keepsake
As a souvenir of our Hondius workshops, we provide you access to Drew Anderson’s online course in meteorology and geology. This is a fun item to explore back home, filled with informative videos and graphics reminiscent of your time on Earth’s coldest continent.
Meteorologist Drew Anderson is an expert in Earth sciences, teaching classes at Penn State and West Chester University. He is an award-winning TV meteorologist and journalist who enjoys sharing his expertise and experiences in the news industry. For more on Drew’s work, click here: https://sites.psu.edu/drewanderson