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Poles Together

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Poles Together

Poles Together Partner(s): Stephanie Pfirman
Barnard College

Access: Open to all
Released: September 2002


In this new core curriculum course at Barnard College, students follow the journeys of polar explorers Nansen, Shackleton, Scott and Amundsen by examining journals kept by the exploration teams, images, and other resources. Using a custom, CIESIN-designed, GIS map tool, students access recent data from the poles to compare the conditions the explorers encountered with current trends. They also perform role-play exercises that put them in charge of a virtual expedition. Students maintain a journal for review of their findings and questions using the course management system's bulletin board feature.

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