Southern Life

Exploring Antarctica's Ecosystem and Population Dynamics

Antarctica lies at the bottom of the world and is home to a variety of fish, penguins, seals, and whales. These marine species have adapted to the harsh environment surrounding Earth's Southern Continent. Scientists visit Antarctica between September and March (spring through fall down south) to conduct investigations designed to help us learn more about this incredible ecosystem and the species that thrive in these extreme conditions. "Southern Life" will assist you in exploring the history of Antarctic Exploration, the Antarctic Food Web, and the Use of Technology to Explore Below the Surface. (Answer Keys to the Digital Locks and the Activity Sheet may be requested via email from "Science by the Sea".)

Exploring Antarctica's Ecosyy

Antarctica has a rich history of discovery by many countries and explorers.

Image Credit: Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica (LIMA) Project

Antarctica's Food Web is limited to the aquatic realm with no land predators competition.

Photo Credit: Miriam Sutton

Image Credit: Josh Kohut

(Image linked to "Using Technology to Explore Below the Surface") and add info about types of data collected using tags (whales), drones, and gliders.

Photo Credit: National Science Foundation