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Bob Williams on the Tasman Glacier in Mount Cook National Park in his homeland of New Zealand.
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Robert (Bob) Williams

I'm a New Zealand teacher. I teach geography to high school students before some of them go on to university. We try to teach as much geology and earth science as we can, and we go on lots of field trips. My favourite is a three day trip we make to the active volcanoes in the centre of New Zealand's North Island.

This year I've been very lucky to accompany New Zealand climate researchers on their field trips to the South Island's glaciers. Some of these glaciers are getting bigger and some are melting away, so scientists are putting a lot of thought into why they are not all doing the same thing.

When I'm not teaching I coach rugby. This game is every New Zealander's passion. It's like American football but the game is non-stop and the players don't wear body armour.

I'm really looking forward to going to Antarctica as part of the ANDRILL team, and hope to be able to describe to you soon some of the amazing engineering that goes into getting a sediment core from under a frozen sea.

Last modified October 1, 2007 by Randy Russell.

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