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Antarctic: Surviving the extremes Nov. 24

November 19, 2010

Animals must develop adaptations and humans must prepare for severe, unforgiving conditions in Antarctica -- blizzards, wind chills, months of darkness, and expanses of featureless snow and ice. The Nov. 24 Antarctic Lecture will reveal the living conditions and survival tactics that simple animal life and humans must use to stay alive during their time "on the ice."

Wednesday, Nov. 24
7-8 p.m.
Fort Collins Main Public Library
Ben Delatour room

Antarctic Lecture Series Fall 2010

The last lecture of the fall series will be given by Tracy Smith, graduate student at CSU.

The title is, "Surviving the extremes: An account of a nematode and a scientist on the planet’s harshest continent." The lecture is free and open to the public.

Icy desert is inhospitable

The Antarctic Dry Valley region is more than a desert. It is a frozen desert for much of the year, and any water that appears across the landscape is ice nearly all of the time. The few animals that call it home, such as roundworms called “nematodes,” have developed sharp strategies to stay alive.

Scientists have it a bit easier with the proper gear, but nonetheless have to be astute to carry out research in Antarctica’s extreme conditions during their time on “the ice.”

The experience of living on the harshest continent

The talk will explore the living conditions and survival tactics of both nematodes and people in Antarctica, to illustrate the experience of life on Earth’s harshest continent. The lecture will be held at 7 p.m., in the Ben Delatour room of the Fort Collins Main Library, 201 Peterson Street on Wednesday, Nov. 24.

The Antarctica Lecture Series is sponsored by Colorado State University’s School of Global Environmental Sustainability, the Department of Biology, the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory and the Fort Collins Public Library.

Contact: Uffe N. Nielsen
Phone: (970) 491-1964