Climate Change at the South Pole

Jun 12, 2013

High altitudes compound the cold conditions in Antarctica, where the effects of climate change can be confusing.
Credit Sune Tamm

Melting ice at the North Pole gets more attention than conditions at the high altitude land mass on the opposite end of the Earth, but climate change is making itself felt there as well, though in some less obvious ways.

Tamm poses with a load of supplies near the outpost at Mt. Arabus, the southernmost active volcano on Earth.
Credit Sune Tamm

There are dramatic differences between the North and South poles, explains Sune Tamm. The North Pole lies at sea level and has no land beneath it, so it is comparatively accessible. By contrast, the South Pole stands high atop a remote but substantial continent.

Sune Tamm and Carl Mears will present “Tales from Antarctica” Saturday afternoon at 4 pm at the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation’s new environmental center,  at 900 Sanford Road, off Occidental Road. Use these links for  event information and advance tickets.