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Friday, 16 November 2018

Life in the Antarctic Extremes

Life in the Antarctic Extremes

Lloyd Peck of the British Antarctic Survey gave us a fascinating insight into the strategies used by those working in the Antarctic to keep warm and safe in the very challenging environment, aptly demonstrated by Mel, who had accompanied him, and dressed in the full gear that the scientists have to wear in order to avoid frost bite and hypothermia. His lively talk, science experiments to demonstrate heat transfer/convection from skin and beautiful photographs were very well received by the members at the meeting. He showed us some of the amazing creatures that have made the antarctic their home and explained their adaptations enabling them to endure the very cold temperatures. He showed us the type of feathers that Penguins have and explained how they help them to survive the cold. Many members told us how much they had enjoyed the talk and would love to hear more about his work in the Antarctic.