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  Geotimes - September 2007 - Live Earth: Scientists rock Antarctica
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Live Earth: Scientists rock Antarctica

Picture of a band called Nunatak, composed of five Antarctic researchers
British Antarctic Survey
A band called Nunatak, composed of five Antarctic researchers, performed outside in single-digit temperatures on July 7 as part of the Live Earth concert series.

On Saturday, July 7, concerts to “combat our climate crisis” occurred on all seven continents, as part of Live Earth, a campaign led by the Alliance for Climate Protection, which is chaired by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. Concerts were held in London, England; Tokyo, Japan; Shanghai, China; Johannesburg, South Africa; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Sydney, Australia; Hamburg, Germany; at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.; and Antarctica — yes, Antarctica. Although the major cities headlined famous acts such as Snoop Dogg, Enrique Iglesias, Bon Jovi and Dave Matthews Band, perhaps the “coolest” concert took place in Antarctica, performed by a five-person house band of Antarctic scientists.

While rockstars performed in giant arenas filled with screaming crowds in the 24-hour Live Earth concert series, the band of researchers, who call themselves Nunatak — a Greenlandic word meaning an exposed summit of a ridge mountain or peak not covered with snow within an ice field or glacier — performed in front of their 17 colleagues at the British Antarctic Survey’s Rothera Research Station. The Antarctic concert was broadcast around the world via television and the Internet.

Megan Sever

For more about the concert, read the original story posted online July 5, 2007, in the Geotimes Web Extra archive at: www.geotimes.org/WebextraArchive.html.

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