Overview: Integrating Science and Society
In 1903, Captain Scott and his two companions became the first humans ever to see the McMurdo Dry Valleys (MDV) in East Antarctica. Since then, relatively few people have ever visited the region, and the majority of these visitors have been involved in scientific activity. This project uses environmental history to examine the interactions between human activity, scientific research, and environmental change in this unique region over the past 100 years.
The first stage of this project has involved research into the earlier human history of this region. Current research is tracing the history of the MDV up to the present through archival research and oral history interviews, with a particular focus on the interaction between environmental change and scientific developments over time. As part of this process, we are collecting and digitizing thousands of historic photos, maps, and other archival material related to the MDV. These are being organized using a consistent metadata structure, which enables intuitive searches and data discovery.
Use the interactive map above to find a place of interest and explore associated archival resources.
Click the "Search" tab at the top of the page for advanced searches and filtering.
This site is a work in progress. Please check back for updates!
For more information about the project, or if you would like to submit content to the archive, please contact:
Associate Professor of World Environmental History
Colorado State University
Professor of Geography and Geology
Portland State University