L´Oceanogràfic dedicates an exhibition to Spanish scientific research in the Antarctic

Jun 22, 2006

Fourteen million square kilometres of ice, temperatures of 88º C below zero and winds in excess of 200 kilometres per hour, with days and nights that last six months. In these extreme conditions, Spanish scientists have, for many years, been carrying out important scientific studies into geophysics, biology or meteorology, among other disciplines, within the framework of the Antarctic Treaty, a task that is revealed at the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias through the exhibition entitled “Spain in the Antarctic. A laboratory in the ice”
L´Oceanogràfic dedicates an exhibition to Spanish scientific research in the Antarctic

The General Director for Coordinating Grand Projects, Pilar Garcia-Argüelles, accompanied by the General Director of the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, Jorge Vela, together with representatives of the Spanish Polar Committee, officially opened the exhibition that will be in the L\'Oceanogràfic until December. Located in the building devoted to the Antarctic and the Arctic of L´Oceanogràfic, this new exhibition brings together a collection of almost 500 images that show us Spain\'s scientific bases, the native flora and fauna of the so-called sixth continent, snapshots of the scientists at work, as well a scale models of the Gabriel de Castilla base and even a reproduction in real scale of one of the temporary camps that the researchers use.

This recreation includes an Antarctic Cehapo (igloo) that has been used on Deception Island and on continental lands as a mobile camp for scientific research and reconnaissance.  Of particular interest is the totem, the symbol of the Gabriel de Castilla base, where the distance in kilometres from the Spanish base, to the cities of origin of the members of the Antarctic campaign are shown, a distance of almost 13,000 kilometres, or more accurately 12,614 kilometres from the base to the city of Valencia and L´Oceanogràfic.  In addition, figures represent the researchers themselves carrying out their tasks and their equipment with the campaign uniforms, together with an Antarctic motorbike and animals such as penguins and seals.

"Spain in the Antarctic, a Laboratory in the Ice" has been made in collaboration with the Spanish Polar committee, the Scientific Research High Council (CSIC), the Armed Forces, the bodies responsible for scientific activity that Spain undertakes in the Antarctic through the Juan Carlos I and Gabriel de Castilla bases and the Oceanographic Research naval ship "Hespérides", together with Navy\'s Support vessel  "Las Palmas".

This new exhibition complements the offer that this summer the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias is devoting to the Antarctic with the exhibition entitled  "Trapped in the Ice" at the Museo de las Ciencias and the IMAX film "The Shackleton Adventure" on the legendary expedition of Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew who, between 1914 and 1916, managed to survive for almost two years in the Antarctic when their ship called "Endurance" got trapped and destroyed in the ice.