It’s an ice life in Antarctica
In January this year, Tanya Patrick, editor of CSIRO’s kids’ science magazine Scientriffic, travelled to Antarctica to find out the answers to these questions and more.
“I fell in love with Antarctica about three years ago through a friend who visited there,” Tanya says.
“It seems I’m not alone! I was bombarded with nearly 1800 questions from kids across Australia. Their questions varied from the serious, such as ‘How bad is global warming going to get and what will happen if the ice melts in Antarctica?’, to the practical, ‘Can you sleep in the summer because there’s no night?’ and ‘How do you go to the toilet?’!”
Tanya has written about her journey and answered many of these questions in the latest issues of Scientriffic and The Helix, the magazines of CSIRO’s Double Helix Science Club.
While in Antarctica, Tanya interviewed scientists working on many International Polar Year projects, from studying ancient atmosphere samples trapped in million-year-old ice cores to looking in frozen lakes for extremophiles – microorganisms that thrive in places where other creatures don’t dare venture.
“I flew to Ace Lake, in the Vestfold Hills, which is the largest ice-free area in Antarctica. It was an amazing sight seeing the scientists hard at work in the middle of the frozen lake,” she says.
She also learnt how to build an igloo, visited an Adelie penguin colony and flew over giant glaciers on exhilarating helicopter flights.
The latest issues of Scientriffic (May/June) and The Helix (June/July) magazines feature Tanya’s Antarctic stories and hands-on activities, plus a bonus poster and stickers to celebrate International Polar Year.
Tanya’s trip was made possible through the Australian Antarctic Division’s Arts Fellowship program.
CSIRO’s Double Helix Science Club has more than 25,000 members across Australia. Members receive either Scientriffic (ages 7+) or The Helix (ages 10+) magazine every two months with science news, hands-on activities, experiments, comics, competitions and giveaways.
Find out more about International Polar Year activities on CSIRO’s Antarctic website, Polar Eyes An Antarctic Journey, where you’ll also find Tanya’s Polar Eyes blog and podcasts.
The magazines are available in selected newsagents, or visit www.csiro.au/doublehelix
She is available for interview, and high-resolution images are available from : http://www.scienceimage.csiro.au/mediarelease/mr07-94.html
- In January this year, Tanya Patrick, editor of CSIRO’s kids’ science magazine Scientriffic, travelled to Antarctica to find out the answers to these questions and more
- Tanya has written about her journey and answered many of these questions in the latest issues of Scientriffic and The Helix, the magazines of CSIRO’s Double Helix Science Club