Bringing together world-leading experts in polar and marine exploration in a mission to solve unanswered questions about one of the most remote and least-studied wilderness areas on our planet. The expedition will:
Investigate the ice shelves around the Weddell Sea and, in particular, the Larsen C Ice Shelf from which a giant iceberg broke off in July 2017.
Document the rich and little-studied marine life of the western Weddell Sea ecosystem.
Attempt to locate and survey the wreck of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship Endurance, which was trapped and crushed by the ice and sank in the Weddell Sea in 1915.
The Society is working with the expedition to provide educational resources to inspire young people about science, engineering and technology, as well as the protection of Antarctica, and will ensure that its research and findings are shared as widely as possible to students and schools around the world.
For additional educational resources about Antarctica for primary and secondary schools take a look at our Resources for schools page.
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Additional resources are available for KS1 and KS2 pupils from Scott Polar Research Institute.
The Weddell Sea Expedition is funded by the Flotilla Foundation. The Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, leads the pioneering science programme, in partnership with The Nekton Oxford Deep Ocean Research Institute, and a team of international researchers from South Africa and New Zealand. The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) is the expedition education partner in the UK.
Find out more on the Weddell Sea Expedition website, or follow the expedition on Facebook or Twitter.