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Year-Round Access
Features / Operations
Thursday October 30, 2014

Thanks to advances in technology and capability, McMurdo Station can be reached safely at any time of the year in the case of an emergency. Now the National Science Foundation plans to...

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Through the Looking Glass
Features / Artists and Writers Program
Thursday October 30, 2014

There's a saying that necessity is the mother of invention. April Surgent discovered that being trapped by ice at a research station in Antarctica for the better part of two months required...

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Rough Terrain
Science / Ice and Snow
Thursday October 23, 2014

The Ross Ice Shelf holds back enough ice from entering the ocean to raise sea level by several meters. The weird dynamics of an area called the shear zone has a team...

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Almost Like Being There
Science / Earth
Thursday October 16, 2014

Geologists and other scientists will venture to remote places in Antarctica to collect rock specimens that may reveal clues about the continent's past geologic, or possibly Earth's climate history. Or they could...

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Coloring Outside the Lines
Science / Earth
Thursday October 16, 2014

Exploration of other planets and moons often begins in Antarctica. But a geologist who specializes in research of planetary surfaces using remote-sensing techniques is working in the opposite direction, applying his experience...

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Where Are They Now?
Science / Ice and Snow
Thursday October 09, 2014

One of the world's biggest break-up stories isn't in Hollywood. It's taking place around Antarctica. An iceberg that calved in March 2000 from the Ross Ice Shelf is continuing its slow disintegration...

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Sea ice begins to break up in front of Palmer Station. Expansion
Science / Oceans and Atmosphere
Thursday October 09, 2014

Sea ice around Antarctica appears headed for another record year. NSIDC, partly funded by the National Science Foundation, reported that the five-day average for sea ice extent around the southernmost continent last month had already surpassed 20 million square kilometers for the first time in the modern satellite record.
Researchers with the Montana State University conduct fieldwork among the Weddell seals at Erebus Bay. Self-Exile
Science / The Biological World
Thursday October 09, 2014

The latest study in a project that has been supported by the National Science Foundation suggests that Weddell seals in Antarctica can remain flexible even in the face of changing environmental conditions.
Scientist Richard Lee looks for the Antarctic insect Belgica Antarctica on Torgersen Island during the 2009-10 field season. Good Things in Small Packages
Science / The Biological World
Thursday October 02, 2014

It makes sense that life in extreme environments requires an organism to be "lean and mean" to survive. The recently sequenced genome of Antarctica's only endemic insect suggests that may apply genetically as well.

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