Polar Thaw Climate Exhibit
"Polar Thaw," a 30-print exhibit of photographs from locations of Arctic and Antarctic climate warming, opened spring 2000 at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington DC. It has also been exhibited at the Science Museum of Minnesota, and was at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago during fall 2003.
This exhibit, with detailed, informative captions, is available for display in museums, science centers, public libraries, and other funded venues. For more information, see the "Polar Thaw" information page or visit
National Science Foundation icebreaker Nathaniel B. Palmer cruises at dusk in the Antarctic Peninsula, on a study of disintegrating ice shelves. Print from "Polar Thaw" exhibit (see below).
POLAR THAW: Global Warming in the Arctic and Antarctic
- An exhibit on early yet powerful effects of climate change in the polar regions.
- Thirty large color prints, mounted, captioned, and ready to hang.
- For science museums, technology centers, and other public venues.
- Sponsored by Natural Resources Defense Council http://www.nrdc.org/globalWarming/polar/polarinx.asp
- First shown at American Association for the Advancement of Science Gallery,
Washington D.C., spring 2000.
The IPCC international science study of climate change predicts readings will be 2-6° C higher by 2100 if emissions of heat trapping industrial gases are not reduced. By comparison, the world has warmed by 5 - 9° C since the depths of the last ice age, about 18,000 years ago. The same climate models predictive of temperature rise also show the atmosphere heating faster at the poles than other places on the planet.
The polar regions have been terra incognita for scientists and the holy grail for explorers since the 16th century. Although the days of Hudson, Cook, Shackleton, Amudsen, Byrd, Nansen and Peary are gone, the quest for knowledge in these forbidding climes has not ended. New mysteries such as climate changes have drawn scientists to the high latitudes.