Tuesday, August 18, 2015

"Antarctic Edge: 70 Degrees South": melting of the ice sheet appears even more urgent, in this Rutgers documentary

Antarctic Edge: 70 degrees South” (2015), directed by Dena Seidel, is an urgent documentary produced by Rutgers University in New Jersey. A team of scientists and explorers from several countries visits the edge of the West Antarctic ice sheet, whose melting is going faster than expected and threatening the world with sea level rise faster than ever predicted.

The team members live in close quarters on a freighter, and then go on shore to camp out, especially among the penguins.  (There’s a little taste of the popular documentary “March of the Penguins” (2005).)

The scientists find that heavy snowfall is increasing toward the polar areas, as a result of higher humidity which results from, ironically, higher temperatures.

As with several other documentaries set in the Antarctic, this film gives visitors the only practical chance to “go there”.

The official site is here (First Run Features and Film Buff).

The film is also on Netflix Instant Play, Amazon, and YouTube for $3.99.

Wikipedia attribution link for topographical map illustration of Antarctica without ice sheet by Robert A. Rohde, under Creative Commons Share-Alike 3.0 License 

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