SA will play a crucial role in an unprecedented expedition to one of the remotest places on Earth.The Weddell Sea Expedition is heading to the Weddell Sea region of Antarctica in January and February 2019. It will study the ice shelf and marine life of the Larsen C ice shelf. The team of 30 will also look for the ship Endurance that sank in November 1915. Sir Ernest Shackleton’s ship sank after ice trapped and crushed it.The Royal Geographical Society will announce the expedition in London on Tuesday. Dutch charity the Flotilla Foundation‚ which funds marine research‚ is financing the expedition. Researchers from the University of Cape Town‚ Nelson Mandela University and the South African Environmental Observation Network will join the researchers and crew from Britain and New Zealand.The expedition’s organisers said in a media statement that there had been little commercial fishing in the area‚ which is home to 14‚000 species‚ due to the thick sea ice."This unique area is home to m...

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