South Africa to play key role in 2019 expedition to Antarctica’s Weddell Sea

The Weddell Sea off Antarctica, one of the coldest, harshest and most remote locations in the world, will be explored next year by a major international scientific expedition in which South African research organisations and scientists will play vital role. The January/February expedition will survey the underside of the Larsen C Ice Shelf, document the rich and little-studied marine life of the western Weddell Sea ecosystem and attempt to locate the wreck of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship Endurance, which was trapped, crushed by the ice and sunk there in 1915.