The Oceanogràfic Travels to the Antarctic in a Photographic Exhibition on the Great White Continent

Feb 28, 2012

Naturalist Antonio Mirabella presents scientific work carried out as part of the 2010 Antarctic Campaign
The Oceanogràfic Travels to the Antarctic in a Photographic Exhibition on the Great White Continent The Oceanogràfic of the City of Arts and Sciences travels to the Antarctic in an exhibition of photographs of the Great White Continent taken by naturalist Antonio Mirabella.

Located in the Oceanogràfic's main building, the travelling exhibition "Antarctica: a continent in precarious balance', is now open to the public until 31 May 2012, offering visitors a window onto the breathtakingly unique landscapes of the Antarctic as well as an opportunity to see how research is undertaken by scientists as they struggle against the inhospitable climate of this remote land.

Mirabella explains: "visitors will have the opportunity to see pictures of Antarctica in an atmosphere that is otherworldly, a setting which conveys the many shades of blue, the wind, the storms and the calm that characterise the Antarctic." This exhibition will "awaken people's curiosity. There are images of glaciers that will compel visitors to think about the melting of the planet's ice caps and the need to foster behaviour that is more sustainable," he adds.

The exhibition is made up of 40 photographs taken during the 2010 Antarctic Campaign, a never-before-seen video as well as real samples taken from various locations of the Antarctic--a continent that is covered with a layer of ice that exceeds 4,700 metres in some areas, and which holds 90% of the world's ice and 80% of its fresh water reserves.

The Antarctic is "an area that is still largely unexplored and practically uninhabited by humans. It's a continent that is wholly covered in ice; this gives us the opportunity to travel back to a time when much of the planet was covered in glaciers," explains Dr. Mirabella.

At approximately 1.5 times the size of Europe, the continent represents an invaluable scientific resource, acting as a "great database" for the Earth, stresses Mirabella. "At present, work undertaken in Antarctica is dedicated to science and peace. It is home to studies on climate change, meteorites, the Earth's atmosphere, changes in the concentrations of atmospheric gases over thousands of years, early life forms... the list is endless. For us scientists, the Antarctic is one great open-air laboratory!"

Presented against a blue backdrop and accompanied by special effects, the exhibition offers a variety of audio-visual materials which recount Dr Mirabella's experience as a member of the "Bicentennial Antarctic Expedition", transporting the visitor to the frozen continent.

This is also a great opportunity to see volcanic rocks, mosses and lichens collected by the naturalist during his stay in Antarctica. There are also ancient fossils which will give the public a glimpse of the prehistoric forests that once covered this great continent.