Friday, 26 December 2014

Two Years on: The Akademik Shokalskiy stranding. What did we learn?

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The icebound crew of the Akademik Shokalskiy made headlines but, a year on, the fruits of their expedition are revealed  

Alok Jha and Laurence Topham look on at the Akademik Shokalskiy
beset in ice in East Antarctica. Photograph: Andrew Peacock /Rex Features


The voyage was meant to retrace the steps of Douglas Mawson, the great polar explorer and scientist who led the Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911. What happened instead captured the world’s attention, something none of the scientists, journalists and paying public aboard could have foreseen.

The Akademik Shokalskiy got stuck in ice on Christmas Day 2013 only two weeks after leaving New Zealand. A rescue mission swung into operation. Chinese, French and Australian icebreakers hurried to the scene only to be defeated by the ice floes themselves.

Read the full story: http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014/dec/25/rescued-scientists-warning-from-antarctica