An international scientific symposium on the expedition led by Otto Nordenskjöld to
Antarctica in 1901 and the celebration of its centennial was held at the University of
Göteborg, Sweden, on May 10th to 13th, 2001. This meeting was sponsored jointly by the
University of Göteborg and the Royal Society of Arts and Sciences in Göteborg. All papers
and contributions presented in this symposium were published in the book titled
“Antarctic Challenges. Historical and current perspectives on Otto Nordenskjöld’s
Antarctic Expedition, 1901–1903”.
This book began its evolution in 1999 when the British Antarctic Survey,
where I worked at the time, began a new research programme on the management
of marine ecosystems. This programme concentrated upon the
krill-based ecosystem at SouthGeorgia which has been the subject of almost
continuous study since the Discovery Expeditions in the 1920s. Latterly,
international efforts to understand the dynamics of this ecosystem and the
wider Southern Ocean have been coordinated by the Commission for the
Conservation of AntarcticMarine Living Resources (CCAMLR)....
Bill Cassidy led meteorite recovery expeditions in the Antarctic for fifteen years and his searches have resulted in the collection of thousands of meteorite specimens from the ice. This personal account of his field experiences on the U.S. Antarctic Search for Meteorites Project reveals the influence the work has had on our understanding of the moon, Mars and the asteroid belt. Cassidy describes the hardships and dangers of fieldwork in a hostile environment, as well as the appreciation he developed for its beauty.