Antarctica: A Year on Ice

Penguins in Antarctica

Critics give thumbs-upYear on the Ice poster

Reviews of the documentary, Antarctica: A Year on Ice, reveal that even seasoned critics are stunned by its breath-taking visuals and its revelations about life in the remotest part of the world.

Trust me,” writes Lucy Diver with Gather and Hunt, “Just see it. This movie makes you happy. It’s more visually impressive than any big-budget CGI blockbuster, and it’s kooky and funny and quirky. And boy, does it have a big heart.

SOGES Antarctic lecture series

The School of Global Environmental Sustainability continues its Antarctic Lecture Series with the movie screening of Antarctica: A Year on Ice.

Tuesday, February 24
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Behavioral Sciences, Room 131

Antarctica: A Year on Ice is a visually stunning journey to the end of the world with the hardy and devoted people who live there year-round. The research stations scattered throughout the continent host a close-knit international population of scientists, technicians and craftsmen.

Isolated from the rest of the world, enduring months of unending darkness followed by periods when the sun never sets, Antarctic residents experience firsthand the beauty and brutality of the most severe environment on Earth.

This unique documentary captures epic battles against hellacious storms, quiet reveries of nature’s grandeur, and everyday moments of work and laughter. The film shows a steadfast community thriving in a land few humans have experienced.

Using specially modified cameras and spectacular time-lapse photography, filmmaker Anthony Powell captures the splendor of the region like no film before.

Antarctica: A Year on Ice gives testament to the planet’s natural wonders, humanity’s thirst for adventure, and the emotional extremes that accompany a year within the last pristine wilderness on the planet.

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 Panel discussion follows film

A panel of Colorado State University faculty who have conducted research in Antarctica will speak after the showing of the documentary. The panel includes:

  • Richard Aster, Department of Geosciences, Professor and Department Head
  • Michael Gooseff, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Associate Professor
  • Adrian Howkins, Department of History, Assistant Professor
  • Diana Wall, School of Global Environmental Sustainability, Director

Richard Aster

Richard is an Earth scientist with broad interests in geophysics, seismological imaging and source studies, and Earth processes. My work has included significant field research in western North America, Italy, and Antarctica. I also have strong teaching and research interests in geophysical inverse and signal processing methods and am the lead author on the widely used reference volume and textbook “Parameter Estimation and Inverse Problems”

Michael Gooseff 

Michael Gooseff”s PhD research focused on stream-groundwater exchanges in glacial meltwater streams of the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica.  He continues to conduct research in Antarctica.  Dr. Gooseff also conducts on-going research in arctic Alaska, mostly from the Toolik Field Station.  In Colorado, Dr. Gooseff is conducting research at the Boulder Creek Critical Zone Observatory in the Front Range of Colorado.

 Adrian Howkins

Adrian Howkins is a specialist in Antarctic history and a co-PI of the NSF McMurdo Dry Valley, Antarctica Long Term Ecological Research Program. Adrian has spent several seasons in Antarctica. He lectures and writes extensively on Antarctica, its explorers, climate change and politics. Among his recent papers is the 2012 publication, B. Luedtke and A. Howkins, “Polarized climates: the distinctive histories of climate change and politics in the Arctic and Antarctica since the beginning of the Cold War”. WIREs Climate Change, 3: 145-159.

Diana Wall 

Diana Wall is a renowned environmental scientist who has traveled to Antarctica regularly for several decades researching soil biodiversity  and how global climate change is affecting ecosystems. Wall, who has been at CSU since 1993,  received the highest scientific international award in 2012, “President’s Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research “ from the  Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR)  and was a member of the U. S. Antarctic Program Blue Ribbon Panel. Wall Valley, Antarctica, was designated for her research in soil ecosystems in 2005. She has 25 field seasons in Antarctica and is a co-PI of the NSF McMurdo Dry Valley, Antarctica Long Term Ecological Research Program.