Sam Bowring, professor of Geology at MIT, says human adaptations to the environment are so specific that we would face significant challenges if our surroundings were suddenly very different.
Visit the EAPS (Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences) website to learn more about the scientists who are studying the natural surroundings of our home planet and the clues they give us about our future.
Here's one scientist with a passion for ICE: Alison Criscitiello is studying glaciology in the EAPS program. Her work takes her to Antarctica, where she studies sea ice and measures ice cores. Check out photos of her work in this video:
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