by Hugues Goosse

Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are among the most remote places on Earth. Because of their beauty and mysteries, they have since their discovery received a lot of attention from explorers and scientists as well as from the general public.

Scientific research in Antarctica was initially motivated by improving our knowledge of the polar regions and by the protection of this pristine environment as a heritage for Humanity. However, it was quickly recognized that the high latitudes of the Southern Hemisphere have a global impact on the Earth System.

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