Mawson’s scientific legacy
This year marked the centenary of Adelaide’s Sir Douglas Mawson’s pioneering Australasian Antarctic Expedition. While other Antarctic explorers went to explore the continent and its land, Mawson’s expedition went for a different purpose — scientific exploration. The expedition established several Antarctic bases from which to do research, these buildings still stand today.
In a unique event, several scientists and Antarctic experts revisited Mawson’s expedition and revealed what was discovered about Antarctica. The State Library’s Valerie Sitters talked about the expedition and what it set out to achieve; Jim Jago from UniSA discussed the geology of Antarctica; Martin Crowe looked at the meteorological features of the home of the blizzard; and John Kirkwood from the University of Queensland detailed the findings on the ecology of Antarctica. We were also be joined on a live-link to Australia’s Antarctic Mawson Station to find out what research is happening there 100 years after the original scientific expedition.
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A Centenary of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition event in association with the State Library of South Australia and Australian Antarctic Division