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Discovering Antarctica’s fragile frozen secrets

Antarctica is the coldest, driest, windiest and highest continent on Earth. What makes the frozen continent so valuable to scientists and vulnerable to human contact?

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    Icebergs on the move

    NIWA Scientist Mike Williams is looking at how icebergs move – from calving from Antarctica through to travelling the ocean currents.

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    A glacier is a mass of ice derived from snow that has accumulated and been compacted over a long period of time. About 70 percent of the Earth’s freshwater resource is stored in glacial ice. Ice...

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    Icebergs and glaciation

    Ice, icebergs and glaciers have a lot to tell us about Earth’s history, and our understanding of this has changed significantly over time.

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    Studying oil spills in Antarctica

    Scientists Megan Balks and Jackie Aislabie are studying old oil spills in Antarctica to understand more about the decomposition process and its relationship to micro-organisms and climate.

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Getting dressed for the Antarctic

Watch the many layers of clothing Leah Adlam needs to put on in order to be dressed...


NZ Research

NZ Research collection.
NZ Research collection. This collection provides information about the work of New Zealand’s world-class science and technology sectors in relation to Icy...

Science Ideas and Concepts

Science Ideas and Concepts collection.
Science Ideas and Concepts collection. Scientific study requires a basic knowledge and understanding of ideas and concepts. This collection explains the ideas that are...

Looking closer

Looking closer collection.
Looking closer collection.
This collection contains a wide variety of resources and information about Icy Ecosystems, which supports the resources in the other...


People collection.
People collection. This collection introduces some of the people working or studying in the areas explored in Icy Ecosystems. Click on a name to find out...

Teaching and Learning Approaches

Teaching and Learning Approaches collection.
Teaching and Learning Approaches collection. Student activities are the main feature of this collection, along with a variety of resources for teachers to use in exploring Icy...


Timeline collection.
Timeline collection. An interactive look at some of the historical aspects of Icy Ecosystems.

Question Bank

Question Bank collection.
Question Bank collection. An inquiry approach is a method often used in science education. The question bank provides an initial list of questions about Icy...

Key Terms

Key Terms collection.
Key Terms collection. This resource provides explanations of the key concepts encountered when exploring Icy Ecosystems – the ‘basics’ that every student...

Sci Media

Sci Media collection.
Sci Media collection. This collection is where you can find all the images, video clips, animations and interactives that relate to Icy Ecosystems.

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