A Day with Peter Webb in the Dry Valleys, Antarctica
Project Description

The Dry Valleys are a unique geologic feature within Victoria Land, west of McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. They are one of the world’s most extreme deserts. Glaciers have carved deep valleys that receive very little moisture and are subject to katabatic winds. The area was unknown to humans until the Robert Scott expedition of 1903. He referred to it as “a valley of death.”

 

Megan Berg first met Peter Webb when he came for a visit to the ANDRILL Science Management Office at the University of Nebraska. Growing up in Wellington, New Zealand, Peter would watch the Globemasters fly overhead on their way south (way, way south). Upon commencing his undergraduate degree in Geology, he launched an extensive career in Antarctic mapping and research, particularly in the Dry Valleys of Antarctica.

His timing was perfect- he entered the scene at the initiation of the International Geophysical Year- arguably the biggest science mission of the 20th century, marking the end of the Cold War and a new age of international collaboration.

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Project Details
Customer:
ANDRILL (ANtarctic geologic DRILLing)
Skills:
Historical research, Final Cut Pro, HDV
Date:
November 20, 2007
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