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NOVA; Antarctica: Earth’s Last Frontier


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Antarctica: Earth’s Last Frontier
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Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

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An astronaut once observed a great white light shining out from the bottom of our world: Antarctica, the ice-covered continent we are only just beginning to understand. NOVA visits this wilderness of ice, larger than the United States and Mexico combined, whose only warm-blooded residents are seals, skuas, penguins and scientists.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Antarctica: Earth’s Last Frontier,” 12/16/1983, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed July 17, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_75176831E3894912A879BE3D8254B9FB.
MLA: “NOVA; Antarctica: Earth’s Last Frontier.” 12/16/1983. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. July 17, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_75176831E3894912A879BE3D8254B9FB>.
APA: NOVA; Antarctica: Earth’s Last Frontier. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_75176831E3894912A879BE3D8254B9FB
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