Antarctica Weather: Another 'Record' to add
to the Early Explorers
Mawson and the other early Antarctic explorers started a series of
weather reports which are being continued today. These researchers found that stronger westerly winds in the
northern Antarctic Peninsula, fueled primarily by human-induced climate change, were responsible for the
dramatic summer warming that led to the retreat and collapse of the Larsen B ice shelf.
The Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (ACE CRC), based in Hobart,
Tasmania provides a focus for Australia's national effort to understand the variability of Antarctica and the
Southern Ocean and their role in Australia's future.
Anyone who is interested in history, exploration, or the psychology of men in
extreme conditions will immensely enjoy this treasure. Antarctica as a continent is somewhat specific in its recent
temperature history, for unlike all other continents, it has warmed very little over the past half-century.
Many men – and some women – have pitted their strength and wit against the snow and ice of the
southern continent, but three names stand out in the history of Antarctic exploration: Ernest Shackleton,
Robert Falcon Scott, Sir Douglas Mawson
Perhaps you have no intentions of going there, but just need facts about Antarctic history of
exploration, nature and wildlife. The history of Antarctica emerges from early Western theories of a vast
continent, known as Terra Australis, believed to exist in the far south of the globe. The bottom of this ice
pack may be over 100,000 years old and holds a record (layer by layer) of the history of earth with each
The history of Antarctica is one of exploration, deprivation and danger. Much of the history of
human interaction with Antarctica centers around the search for seal pelts.