Podcast: TED Talks series - Lee Hotz: Inside an Antarctic time machine

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Science columnist Lee Hotz describes a remarkable project at West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) Divide, Antarctica, where a hardy team are drilling into ten-thousand-year-old ice to extract vital data on our changing climate.

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Learning Goals

To explain how studying ice cores can explain Earth's historic atmosphere, and in turn help us understand solutions for the current climate change problem.

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Listen or Download >> TED Talks: Lee Hotz: Inside an Antarctic time machine

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As an explaination for why understanding Earth's past atmospheric changes are important for creating sustainable solutions for the future of Earth's atmosphere and climate.


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Robert Lee Hotz is the science columnist for the Wall Street Journal, where he writes about cutting-edge research on climate change, cosmology, molecular medicine, the human brain and much more ... He has traveled three times to the South Pole. Full Bio>>


Talks, T. (2012). Podcast: TED Talks series - Lee Hotz: Inside an Antarctic time machine.