Saturday, February 13, 2010

Supermom and Her 180,000 Charges

Antarctic super mum and her 180,000 children (Source: ONE News) Source: ONE News
Antarctica is often seen as ground zero for global warming research, its fragile environment a delicate indicator of any change.

For one New Zealand scientist, her research means spending every summer on the ice with her babies, all 180,000 of them.

Kerry Barton has been researching in Antarctica for 20 years, playing super mum to the Adelie Penguins who wobble around the remote colony.

"I think you'd have to be dead not to find a penguin colony fascinating," she says.

The research is one of New Zealand's longest running Antarctic studies.


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