Hello! My name is E. Shackleton Bear. The E. in my name stands for Ernest. If you would like to find out more about whom I was named after, you can read about the famous Antarctic explorer in the book "Endurance." I live in Butte, Montana.
I will be traveling to Antarctica again in January. I stayed with Sandra Shutey at Siple Dome in November, but I am going back with Kim Giesting to study the history of glaciers in Ross Sea!
I was born at the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory. My birthday is August 2. I am 8 years old. I have two brothers and one sister. My brothers' names are Isaac and Albert. My sister's name is Ruby. To tell you a little more about myself, I have come up with a list of my favorite things.
Silly Word: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
Color: Neon Green and Plasma Orange
Sports: Fishing, Soccer, and Golf
Hobby: Model Ship Building and Collecting Snow Globes
Book: The Cat in the Hat
Drink: Dr.Pepper and 7 UP
Board Games: Monopoly and Chutes & Ladders
Song:"Bare Necessities" from The Jungle Book
I first went to Antarctica from late October until early December. I traveled with Sandy from Butte, Montana to Christchurch, New Zealand. Christchurch is on the southern island of New Zealand. We stayed there for a couple of days to collect our supplies for Antarctica. Then we set off on an airplane to Antarctica. We landed in McMurdo Sound and stayed for about a week. During that time we prepared for our trip to Siple Dome. I learned all about staying safe on the ice. While I was at Siple Dome I helped study ice cores and I had the chance to measure sustrugies, small snow dunes that are similar to sand dunes. You can read all about my adventures in my diary for November!
I will in Antarctica during January and February aboard the R/V Nathaniel B. Palmer. This time I travel from Butte, Montana, to Houston, Texas, and then to Los Angles, California, and then I go to Christchurch, New Zealand, again! It will be a loooooooong trip! I will get my cold weather clothes in Christchurch, just like during my last trip. Then we fly to McMurdo Station, where we meet the ship.
I will help the research team study the sea floor of Ross Sea to look for evidence that the glaciers of Antarctica once were MUCH bigger and they grew across the sea floor! We will take samples of the sea floor and we will use special instruments to get pictures of what the sea floor looks like.
The RVIB Nathaniel B. Palmer. Photograph by S. Klipper, courtesy of the National Science Foundation.
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