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Polar Palooza

Date(s): November 5, 2008
Time(s): 7:00 p.m.
Location: Rudder Auditorium of Texas A&M University

Why should people in California, Florida, Texas or the Brazos Valley care about the Poles? Why do penguins live in the south and polar bears in the north? How can thousand-year old ice help us understand Earth's future climate? Who are today's polar explorers, and why do they risk frostbite and crevasses to study some of the most extreme conditions on our planet? Where can your students find answers to these questions and hear the latest and most authoritative information about climate change?

Find out the answers to these questions and more on November 5th at 7:00 p.m. as Dr. Mary Albert, Chair of the U.S. Comittee to the International Polar Year, Dr. George Divoky, Research Associate for the Institute of Arctic Biology, and Mr. Sean Topkok, Alaska Native Knowledge Network present an interactive lecture on the poles.

POLAR-PALOOZA, an education and outreach project made possible by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and NASA is an official International Polar Year 2007-2008 (IPY) activity. The people who know the poles best - ice researchers, geologists, oceanographers, climate scientists, biologists and Arctic residents bring "Stories from a Changing Planet" to audiences across the country. The presentation features high-definition videos and authentic polar artifacts - such as a section of Antarctic ice core more than two thousand years old - along with personal anecdotes and engaging stories from some of America's leading researchers. Together with amazing facts about the poles from those who practice science in these remote regions, audiences will hear tales of human daring and cultural innovation which have allowed Alaskan Natives to survive for centuries and permit today's Antarctic researchers to live and work in Antarctica. POLAR-PALOOZA uses soundscapes and still photographs to create an immersive experience that engages the imagination as well as the mind.

For more information about this lecture and other Polar Palooza events, please visit http://aggiepalooza.tamu.edu.


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