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Why remote Antarctica is so important in a warming worldChris Fogwill, Keele University; Chris Turney, UNSW, and Zoe Robinson, Keele UniversityEver since the ancient Greeks speculated a continent must exist in the south polar regions to balance those in the north, Antarctica has been popularly described as remote and extreme. Over the past two centuries, these factors have combined to create, in the human psyche, an almost mythical land – an idea reinforced by tales of heroism and adventure from the Edwardian golden age of “heroic exploration” and pioneers such as Robert Falcon Scott, Roald Amundsen and Ernest Shackleton. Recent research, however, is casting new light on the importance of the southernmost continent, overturning centuries of misunderstanding and highlighting the role of Antarctica in how our planet works and the role it may play in a future, warmer world.Heroic exploration, 1913.wikiWhat was once thought to be a largely unchanging mass of snow and ice is anything but.…