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Why should we care about Antarctica? Dr. Borg knows

Published on August 24, 2017 12:01AM

Last changed on August 25, 2017 10:12AM

Scott G. Borg


Scott G. Borg

ASTORIA — Scott G. Borg, head of the Antarctic Sciences Section at the National Science Foundation and chief scientist at the U.S. Antarctic research stations, will present a program titled “Antarctica: An Interesting Place but Why Should We Care?” 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 27, at the Astoria Senior Center, 1111 Exchange St. Doors open at 5 p.m. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Borg will provide plenty of opportunity to answer questions from the audience.

Scientists have calculated that sea levels would rise at least 60 meters (196.85 feet) if the South Polar ice sheet were to melt, an organizer said in a release. “That would inundate downtown Astoria, including the Senior Center.”

It is for this and other pressing reasons that ENCORE (Exploring New Concepts of Retirement Education) is sponsoring a program at the Senior Center while it is still above water.

Topics include: an overview of the Antarctic continent with emphasis on its history; geopolitics (for example, the Antarctic Treaty); a brief introduction to the U.S. Antarctic Program and the science it supports.

In 2014, Borg — who has more than 20 years of South Pole experience — received a Samuel J. Heyman Presidential Award from President Obama.

The citation states that Borg has helped turn the U.S. Antarctic science program into the largest and most prestigious research effort on the continent.

Borg plays a critical role in guiding the U.S. Antarctic science program that supports cutting-edge research across a range of topics, including climate change, the origins and nature of the universe, the discovery of new species of extinct dinosaurs, and collecting a 15-million-year-old water sample trapped half a mile below the surface of Antarctica.

For additional information, consult encrorelearn.org.


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