Challenging Habitat

The expedition team of Antarctic Quest 21 are preparing for their departure: a final training in the Alps in a week’s time and then they’ll be off to Ushuaia, Argentina, where they will meet the ship SeaVenture of Polar Latitudes, which has carried the equipment South and will drop the team on the ice at Portal Point mid-December.

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Today LikeToBe launched the Antartic Quest 21 School Outreach Programme. Members of the expedition team introduced the expedition and answered questions of school kids from as far away as South Africa. We covered everything from expedition food rations and equipment to how the team’s training ahead of and the scientific projects carried out during the expedition.

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Introduction

Everything we do has a footprint and it is appropriate we, the Antarctic Quest 21 Team, consider the sustainability and carbon footprint of all elements of the expedition, from communication and equipment to transport and diet. I will report on our efforts to minimise and mitigate our impact on the planet with a series of blogs, which serves to share our experience with this process and be transparent about our commitment to sustainability.

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…Sir Ernest Shackleton set sail from Plymouth aboard Quest for the Shackleton-Rowett  Antarctic expedition with a strong scientific mission.

The event is marked today by the Devon-Cornwall Polar Society with an all-day event in Plymouth, which is covered by ITV Westcountry News and the BBC.

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AQ21 Scientists – Andrew Smedley

The work of the scientists, who will benefit from the Antarctic Quest 21 expedition is intricate, complex, interdisciplinary and connected to many environmental issues that matter to all of us. Here I’ll try to bring closer to you the work of Andrew Smedley.

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We all know that life is full of uncertainty and most of the time, we don’t notice it too much, let alone worry about it. We’re used to it.

Yet for me, the covid pandemic has, once again, brought into sharp focus how stifling uncertainty is when it comes to planning and taking rational decisions.

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