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Ice Worlds

image of research team drilling ice cores

"Ice Worlds" introduces the public to planet Earth as a unique ice and water world, comparing it with other ice worlds in the solar system, and then focuses on dramatic changes at the poles, past and present, in the context of current research.

Using an innovative mix of data, satellite imagery, actual footage in the field and animated scenes, "Ice Worlds" allows audiences to appreciate the delicate balance between ice, water and the existence of life. They can witness the birth of an iceberg in the Arctic, be under the grinding ice of a massive glacier, observe whales in the Antarctic Peninsula, and discover how changes in these environments affect us all.

Winner of five Telly Awards, "Ice Worlds" was produced for the International Polar Year (IPY) with major funding from the National Science Foundation as a collaborative effort led by the University of New Hampshire, the Houston Museum of Natural Science and Evans & Sutherland.

A fully updated version for educators, including 35 percent new material is now available on DVD, with bonus features such as a lecture and Q&A with a glaciologist, changing sea ice and a polar update series. To attain a DVD, send a request and a self-addressed stamped envelope to The Houston Museum of Natural Science. Teachers can request the DVD by sending an e-mail to: Discoverydome@hmns.org.

For more information, visit http://iceplanetearth.org/index.jsp.

Ice Worlds Locations


  • McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, Concord, N.H.
  • Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), Portland, Ore.
  • Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, Pa.

  • School Planetariums (open to public) or the show is available on request for school groups:

  • John C. Well Planetarium, Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.
  • Gene Roddenberry Planetarium El Paso School District, El Paso, Texas
  • Christa McAuliffe Planetarium, Pueblo City Schools, Pueblo, Colo.
  • Maynard F. Jordan Planetarium, University of Maine, Orono, Maine
  • The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, Pa.
  • William M. Thomas Planetarium, Bakersfield College, Bakersfield, Calif.
  • Earth and Space Science Laboratory, Frederick County Public Schools, Frederick, Md.
  • Louisiana Art and Science Museum (LASM), Baton Rouge, La.
  • Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), Portland, Ore.


    Credit: Annette Schloss, University of New Hampshire; photo credit Matt Nolan