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Mensun Bound Among Speakers at Shackleton School

16th August 2022
The school runs from October 28th to 30th
The school runs from October 28th to 30th

Wildlife cameraman Doug Allen and British maritime archaeologist Mensun Bound, who was part of the team which discovered Shackleton’s Endurance, are among speakers at this year’s Shackleton School, which takes place in person this autumn.

Nicknamed the “Indiana Jones of the deep” by Discovery Channel, Bound was among the team on board the SA Agulhas II, which found the wreck of the Endurance in March 2022.

Among his many other expeditions, Bound directed the excavation of the Etruscan 6th-century BC shipwreck off Italy’s Giglio island. It is believed to be the oldest known shipwreck of the Archaic era.

Director of Norway’s Fram Museum Geir Klover will speak about Shackleton and Amundsen, while Kevin Kenny will open the school with an introduction to “The Boss”.

Astrid Furholt will speak about “Finding your South Pole”, and Katherine MacInnes will give a talk on Scott’s fatal Antarctic expedition through the eyes of the women they left behind.

Registration for the school, which runs from October 28th to 30th, is open now and details are downloadable below

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Lorna Siggins

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Lorna Siggins is a print and radio reporter, and a former Irish Times western correspondent. She is the author of Search and Rescue: True stories of Irish Air-Sea Rescues and the Loss of R116 (2022); Everest Callling (1994) on the first Irish Everest expedition; Mayday! Mayday! (2004); and Once Upon a Time in the West: the Corrib gas controversy (2010). She is also co-producer with Sarah Blake of the Doc on One "Miracle in Galway Bay" which recently won a Celtic Media Award

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  • 71% of the earth’s surface is covered by the ocean
  • The ocean is responsible for the water cycle, which affects our weather
  • The ocean absorbs 30% of the carbon dioxide added to the atmosphere by human activity
  • The real map of Ireland has a seabed territory ten times the size of its land area
  • The ocean is the support system of our planet.
  • Over half of the oxygen we breathe was produced in the ocean
  • The global market for seaweed is valued at approximately €5.4 billion
  • · Coral reefs are among the oldest ecosystems in the world — at 230 million years
  • 1.9 million people live within 5km of the coast in Ireland
  • Ocean waters hold nearly 20 million tons of gold. If we could mine all of the gold from the ocean, we would have enough to give every person on earth 9lbs of the precious metal!
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  • 97% of the earth’s water is in the ocean
  • The ocean provides the greatest amount of the world’s protein consumed by humans
  • Plastic affects 700 species in the oceans from plankton to whales.
  • Only 10% of the oceans have been explored.
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  • 12 humans have walked on the moon but only 3 humans have been to the deepest part of the ocean.

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