Christian Sidor

“Fossil hunting at the bottom of the world”

Most of the continent of Antarctica is covered in ice up to 15,000 feet deep—almost three miles—with an average depth of 7,000 feet. That’s a lot of ice. But those crazy scientists classify Antarctica as a desert—you know, those sandy places with camels and oil wells. The Sahara desert gets an average precipitation of just under three inches a year, while the interior of Antarctica, areas called “oases,” receive about an inch less. There’s no ice there, no glaciers—just lots of rocks and dreadfully bitter winds. And fossils. Apparently, a long, long, long time ago, Antarctica was much more hospitable, with a climate pleasant enough to support forests and mammals. University of Washington vertebrate paleontologist Christian Sidor lectures on Antarctica’s fossils tonight. Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. N., 443-2001. $5. 7:30 p.m. BRION KINNE

Wed., March 12, 7:30 p.m., 2008

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