Monday 18 December 2017

Scottish scientist dies in Antarctica in snowmobile accident

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Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

A Scottish scientist has died after his snowmobile fell into a crevasse.

Dr Gordon Hamilton (50) was killed after the vehicle plunged 100ft on Saturday, according to BBC news.

His body was recovered and an investigation has been launched into his death.

Dr Hamilton was a University of Maine professor in the School of Earth and Climate Sciences, and a researcher with the Climate Change Institute.

He was part of a team camped in the area around 25 miles from McMurdo Station, the largest of the three US research stations in Antarctica.

Dr Hamilton spent his life researching glaciers and sea levels.

According to the BBC, The National Science Foundation, which was funding Dr Hamilton's research, is arranging the return of his body to the United States.

Kelly K. Falkner, director of the division's polar programs, said: "The death of one of our colleagues is a tragic reminder of the risks we all face, no matter how hard we work at mitigating those risks, in field research."

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