Antarctic Season Opening 2017

With temperatures that can fall to -60 degrees celsius, months without sunlight, and a desert landscape nearly devoid of moisture, the continent of Antarctica is perhaps the most desolate place on earth. Yet every September, foreign scientists and military personnel descend upon the city of Christchurch in preparation for their journey to this frozen landscape…
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Podcast – Antarctica

Christchurch City Libraries blog hosts a series of regular podcasts from New Zealand's only specialist human rights radio show Speak up - Kōrerotia. This show is created by Sally Carlton. The latest episode deals with issues relating to Antarctica: Ice melt Climate science and climate change - ice core research Antarctic Treaty and international cooperation Antarctica…
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The Lyttelton Report: the old, the new, and the canine

It's all go portside at the moment, as we at Lyttelton Library watch the repairs proceeding apace from our temporary perch up the hill in the Recreation Centre's Trinity Hall on Winchester Street. The in-progress library now has a dashing white coat of paint (goodbye pink!), lovely new double-glazed windows, and a smart new resident outside... This gorgeous bronze…
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Photo Hunt October: Open Day, 1955

United States Navy Icebreaker Open Day at Lyttelton in 1955.  As the 2016 Antarctic season opens, this is a reminder of the length of the association between Christchurch and the U.S. Antarctic progamme. Highly commended entry in the 2012 Christchurch City Libraries Photo Hunt.  The judges commented that "This colourful and action-packed shot shows the strong…
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Frank Worsley – a local hero

It is just over a century since Frank Worsley, Ernest Shackleton and Tom Crean reached a whaling station on remote South Georgia following a daring 16 day voyage to alert the world to the loss of Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition's ship Endurance. Because of this journey the rest of the crew - stranded on Elephant Island…
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