Erebus Volcano: In the Footsteps of Shackleton and Scott

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November 18, 2018
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Environmental History / Studies, Geography, History of Science, Medicine, and Technology

Location: The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NF

Date andTime: 18 November, 11.30 am - 12.30 pm 

Clive Oppenheimer explains what has been learned about how volcanoes work from observations of the southernmost active volcano, Mount Erebus on Ross Island, Antarctica. The volcanic island was first sighted in 1841 by members of James Clark Ross’ expedition aboard HMS Erebus and HMS Terror. Six decades later, it was the base for missions led by Shackleton and Scott. Their pioneering studies paved the way for systematic geological investigations that got underway a further six decades on, and the physical traces they left behind on Ross Island provide a tangible link between past and present scientific endeavours.

Clive Oppenheimer is Professor of Volcanology at the University of Cambridge, a writer and filmmaker. He researches volcanic processes and hazards and has a penchant for volcanic degassing and fieldwork in remote places. He spent 13 field seasons investigating Mount Erebus, Antarctica with the US Antarctic Program. His book on large eruptions of the past, Eruptions that Shook the World, inspired the feature film, Into the Inferno that he made with Werner Herzog.

All sessions are free but space is limited so to avoid disappointment you will need to book your seat prior to coming to the Museum.

This talk is part of Lost in a Book Royal Museum Greenwich's first festival of stories. More information can be found here: