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Antarctica Lecture Series

September 23, 2010

The polar environment of Antarctica, where the coldest temperature on Earth has been recorded (-128 degrees Fahrenheit) and where only penguins, seals, and a few other flora and fauna survive, is a fascination for many of us. Join us at the School of Global Environmental Sustainability's lecture series to learn more about Antarctica -- the southernmost, iciest, and driest continent on our planet.

A climber scales an iceberg in Antarctica. The ice covering the continent averages 1 mile in depth.

Sept. 22, Oct. 27, and Nov. 24
7 p.m. nightly
Fort Collins Main Library
201 Peterson Street

Scientists who have conducted significant research in Antarctica will share their experiences studying polar environment during the three-part Antarctica Lecture Series this fall.

The first lecture will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, in the Ben Delatour Room of the Fort Collins Main Public Library, located at 201 Peterson St. All lectures are free and open to the public.

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

All three lectures will be held in the Ben Delatour Room of the Fort Collins Main Public Library. The lecture schedule is as follows:

  • 7 p.m., Sept. 22John Behrendt, professor at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research in Boulder and retired U.S. Geological Survey scientist, will share his experience as one of the first to study the thickness of the Antarctic ice and the topography below. 
  • 7 p.m., Oct. 27David Elliot, professor in the Ohio State University School of Earth Sciences, will talk about his career as an Antarctic scientist, including the difficult task of transportation, which ranged from dog sleds to helicopters.
  • 7 p.m., Nov. 24 – To be determined. The Fort Collins Library will post speaker information as it becomes available at The library can also be reached at (970) 221-6740.

More information

Contact: Uffe N. Nielsen