Talk Sunday at UF will focus on trans-Antarctic expedition

Published: Friday, January 18, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 18, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.

Learn about the history of Antarctica and about the 2014 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Centenary Expedition on Sunday at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

During the 2 p.m. program, which is open free to the public, Glenn M. Stein, U.S. liaison for the expedition, will discuss the history of the continent, effects of global warming, the incomplete first attempt to cross Antarctica by Sir Ernest Shackleton in 1914 and the upcoming re-creation of the trip.

“People tend to have a vague idea of polar history,” Stein said. “If you don’t study and understand the past, lessons are forgotten.”

The project represents the 100th anniversary of Shackleton’s 1914-17 expedition, which failed after his ship, the “Endurance,” wrecked near the coast. Despite this setback, Shackleton and his crew survived the elements and made it home in one of history’s most celebrated survival stories.

In 2014, six skiers will attempt to cross the continent and complete Shackleton’s intended route.

“They are trying to complete a historic voyage,” said Catherine Carey, Florida Museum public programs coordinator. “This is an opportunity to learn more about an era and area of exploration that most people are not familiar with.”

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