Discover the magic of Antarctica as Dr. Collinson shares fascinating firsthand stories from his 17 expeditions to Antarctica, along with stunning photographs, maps, and documents. Course topics include:
- Geography, glaciers, mountain ranges, the Southern Ocean, climate and climate change
- Territorial claims, Cold War politics, and the Antarctic Treaty
- Exploration led by early explorers including Roald Amundsen, Robert F. Scott, Ernest Shackleton, and Richard E. Byrd
- American presence in Antarctica
- Geology, paleontology, and plate tectonics
- “Sinfonia Antarctica” by Vaughan Williams
- Tourism, with an overview of cruises and a virtual tour of the Antarctic Peninsula by cruise ship
Jim Collinson is an emeritus professor in the School of Earth Sciences and the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center at The Ohio State University. He earned his PhD from Stanford University and his areas of expertise include stratigraphy and sedimentology, paleontology, and Antarctic and western U.S. Geology. His research has taken him throughout the Transantarctic and Ellsworth Mountains. After retirement, he served as a lecturer on Antarctic cruise ships.
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