Celebrating 60 Years of the Antarctic Treaty

On December 1, 1959, the Antarctic Treaty was signed by twelve nations to set aside all of Antarctica “forever to be used exclusively for peaceful purposes in the interests of all mankind.” Beginning in 2010, Antarctica Day was established to commemorate the treaty as an event to promote global awareness of this collaborative treaty that set aside 10% of the Earth’s surface and inspire peace and hope for future generations. Read more about the Treaty in these worksheets for students.

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Thwaites-Explorer online interactive tool for web browsers

Thwaites-Explorer is an online interactive tool for exploring Thwaites Glacier and learning about why it is the focus of our research. Users can click straight on the data to see rates of ice loss, depth of cavities under the ice, speed of ice flow and more, and can locate and read about the different science projects underway. Thwaites-Explorer will continue to be updated so check back regularly.

Click here to visit Thwaites-Explorer.

Antarctic Field Updates


Our "Antarctic Field Update" education series helps keep you and your students informed about current research in the Amundsen Sea, Antarctica, from our scientists onboard the Research Vessel Nathaniel B. Palmer as they study ocean characteristics near the Thwaites Glacier.

These updates are associated with reports from the research, found at our Snow on Ice page.

Antarctic Field Update #1: How are our scientists measuring ocean temperature under Thwaites Glacier, Antarctica?

Antarctic Field Update #2: Hugin, "The Brave Little Submersible," explores under Thwaites Glacier, Antarctica


Overview Infographic of International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration

Educational infographic - Issued by NERC and NSF, this provides an overview of what ITGC scientists are doing, and why.

From the National Snow and Ice Data Center

Icelights: Antarctica - These articles answer your burning questions about the frozen continent.

All About Sea Ice: Arctic v. Antarctic - Gives an overview of why sea ice behaves differently at opposite ends of the Earth.

All About Glaciers - This provides information and examples of glaciers in Antarctica and around the globe.

Quickfacts: Ice Shelves - Learn the basics about the interface between glacier ice and ocean water.

State of the Cryosphere - This site provides timely information about sea ice, ice shelves, ice sheets, and other frozen parts of our planet.

From the British Antarctic Survey

Discovering Antarctica - Designed for students of all ages, this resource is packed full of interactive features, downloads, lesson-based activities, worksheets and teacher notes

Antarctic Geography - Antarctica is the largest and most pristine wilderness on Earth.

Antarctic Wildlife - Everyone loves a penguin!