Explore the Antarctic like a scientist would through Natural History Museum’s new exhibit

An interactive exhibit celebrating 25 years of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) research in Antarctica opens at the San Diego Natural History Museum on Saturday, May 14 for a yearlong run. “Working on Thin Ice: 25 Years of Research in Antarctica” features photographs of scientists at work, the critters they study, and the gear they’ve used, that span the history of the U.S. Antarctic Marine Living Resources Programs. The exhibit also reveals retired research gear, actual Antarctic specimens, and survival suits.

Researcher Mary Yoklavich enters the Delta submersible for a dive off San Nicolas Island, one of the Channel Islands off the coast of Southern California.

Dr. George Watters, director of research for the program that was established in 1986 at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla, called the show “a glimpse into the life and work of the dedicated NOAA scientists who travel to this formidable place year after year in order to understand how the Antarctic ecosystem works and how human activity affects its denizens.”

The photographs included were taken and donated by Antarctic scientists and can be found in a new collection of more than 1,000 photos at http://swfsc.noaa.gov/ImageGallery. Some date back to 1909.

Watters said visitors to the exhibit will see stunning and sometimes startling images of change over time in this extreme system, predators and their young, scientists at work, and the field stations where they live.

The U.S. AMLR Program conducts at-sea and land-based research in the South Shetland Islands, Antarctic Peninsula, and Southern Scotia Arc region of the Southern Ocean.

The San Diego Natural History Museum is the second oldest scientific institution in California and the third oldest west of the Mississippi. It was founded in 1874 by citizen scientists to interpret the natural world through research, education and exhibits and to promote understanding of the evolution and diversity of Southern California.

If you go

Exhibit: “Working on Thin Ice: 25 Years of Research in Antarctica”

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, May 14-April 15, 2012

Where: San Diego Natural History Museum, Balboa Park

Highlights: Try on survival suits/research gear; identify microscopic animals; climb into a Zodiac boat

Museum admission: $11-$17

Phone: (619) 232-3821

Website: sdnhm.org

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