NatGeo Explorers Live: Ice stories with Liz Thomas

In this special live talk, discover the journey of a snowflake – and the amazing insight scientists can gain from ice.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020,
By Simon Ingram
National Geographic Explorer Liz Thomas of the British Antarctic Survey is hosting this special Explorer Live ...

National Geographic Explorer Liz Thomas of the British Antarctic Survey is hosting this special Explorer Live talk, in which she will dive into some of the fascinating stories ancient ice can tell.

Photograph by Liz Thomas

HAVE you ever wondered what it might be like to go to Antarctica? You might imagine it to be a little like the image above: penguins, ice, and a place where warm weather gear is needed all year round! But did you know that what lies inside the ice can tell scientists a lot about the climate of the past – and that this can help them understand more about what our climate might do in the future? 

This National Geographic Explorer Classroom is live on August 6th at 7pm (BST); watch below or here.


This week's live National Geographic Explorer Classroom features Liz Thomas, a National Geographic Explorer and palaeoclimatologist who works for the British Antarctic Survey. Log on to hear Liz explain the story of a snowflake, and how it collects important information about the climate as it makes its journey to become part of one of Antarctica's colossal ice sheets.

What can air bubbles trapped in ice can tell us about what the world was like thousands or even hundreds of thousands of years ago? And what is it like to visit the most remote island in the world?

Join Liz live here at 7pm BST on Thursday 6 August to find out!    

Feeling inspired? 

The National Geographic Society uses the power of science, exploration, education and storytelling to illuminate and protect the wonder of our world. Since its founding in 1888, the National Geographic Society has awarded more than 14,000 grants to National Geographic Explorers: scientists, conservationists, educators and storytellers. Over the past five years, more than 700 of these grants have been awarded to Explorers from Europe and Africa. In this new series of interactive online 'classrooms', you can meet National Geographic Explorers, including ones near you – and hear a little about the work they are doing to make the world a better place.

Check out the full list of upcoming Explorer Classrooms on the National Geographic Society Education site, and check back on National Geographic Family for a feast of articles, photo galleries and activities to make your time indoors a little more adventurous.

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