All About A Changing Planet... Polar Palooza

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All about a changing planet 

‘Polar Palooza’ from the USA

Polar Palooza

Thursday 12 November 2009...6-8 pm

Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour

Scientists believe that krill, the tiny shrimp-like creatures that live in all the world’s oceans, might

have a lot of useful information to impart on the big issues of climate change. 

Australian marine biologist Rob King will report on the latest research at a climate change forum at

the National Maritime Museum, Sydney, on Thursday evening, 12 November. 

Mr King, a scientist with the Australian Antarctic Division, Hobart, says krill are a pivotal organism

in the Southern Ocean food web. 

Slight changes to the composition of sea water, resulting from climate change, could impact on

the health and numbers of the ocean’s krill, and in turn on the many creatures including whales,

dolphins and seals that feed on them. 

Mr King, who has been studying Antarctic krill for the past 15 years, will tell how scientists are now

monitoring the minute creatures’ physiology, behaviour and reproduction for the slightest signs of


The museum is inviting anyone interested in learning more about our changing planet to attend

this special multimedia forum called Polar Palooza (named for the US music festival Lola Palooza).

Using amazing visulisations and video five polar scientists (two from the US and three from

Australia) will share their expert knowledge and personal stories on why and how the Poles are

changing faster than ever, and the impact this will have on the whole world.

Visitors wil also see a 2,000 year old ice core - which reveals amazing detail about our changing

environment and how what we do effects the Poles.

In its only Sydney showing, Polar Palooza will be at the National Maritime Museum in Darling

Harbour on Thursday 12 November from 6 pm to 8 pm. Tickets are $25 per person and include

refreshments. Bookings essential, (02) 9298 3644.

A free family-day themed around Polar Palooza will be held on Sunday 15 November, specifically

aimed at children. Polar Palooza will then tour to Questacon in Canberra ACT and Scitech in Perth

Images and interviews with the scientists available on request.

2 November 2009   

Media information, interviews and images:    Shirani Aththas 0418 448 690

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