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Web watch 21.


As 2012 marks the centenary of Scott's team reaching the South Pole and the conclusion of the international Polar Year, and with the Arctic regularly making headlines on climate change, we here focus on these two icy places.

Scott 100


17th January 2012 marked the centenary of Captain Robert Falcon Scott's team from the British Antarctic (Terra Nova) Expedition reaching the South Pole. Links to other websites

Scott Base


Dedicated to 50 years of New Zealand's Antarctic base.

Discovering Antarctica Developed by the Royal Geographical Society and British Antarctic Survey and supported by UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, is not a scheme of work but a resource to dip into. Each section features activities, images, video clips, and factsheets. Each includes an 'icebreaker' to introduce the topic, 'Go with the floe' which is the main learning and 'meltdown' review and extension activities. Note that multi-media clips require Quicktime and/or Flash. The site has received several accolades.


British Antarctic Survey (BAS)


This BAS site has much information including downloadable fact sheets but lacks visual appeal. Did you know--Around 90 per cent of the fresh water on the Earth's surface is held in the ice sheet? Where the word 'penguin' came from? BAS has had artists and writers-in-residence!


The international Polar Foundation dedicated to teaching young people about the importance of the Poles and climate change. Has an excellent range of factsheets on Polar and ice-related topics.


Classroom Antarctica


By Australian Antarctic Division, this is a good online teaching resource. It breaks down into topic: Continent, Living, Working, Nature, Climate, international, Stewardship. Notably, the 'About--Resources' has an extensive range of children's readers, reference books, DVDs, etc.

Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears


An online professional development magazine for elementary (lower primary) teachers to teach polar science concepts while also integrating inquiry-based science and literacy instruction including latest research and speaking and listening.

The Antarctic and Southern ocean Coalition (ASOC)

ASOC aims to establish the world's first 'ecosystem as a whole' approach. Excellent background information about the politics of use and preservation of Antarctica.

For younger children

CBBCs polar diaries

Responds to misconceptions about Arctic versus Antarctica.


Enchanted Learning: Antartica

Has icy facts and fun such as jokes.

Have we missed your favourite polar website?

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Call for Websites

2013 is International Year of Water Cooperation. If readers know of websites on this theme, please send them in. We are also looking to compile a list of top websites on habitats/biomes: mountains, rivers, forests, deserts, grasslands; for these pages and our relaunched NAEE website
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Title Annotation:Website Reviews
Author:Peters, Henricus
Publication:Environmental Education
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Sep 22, 2012
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