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New Chapter Begins
Features / Operations
Tuesday September 30, 2014

Two aircraft carrying more than 160 people landed on a runway made of ice on the Ross Ice Shelf on Tuesday, kicking off the 2014-15 field season for the U.S. Antarctic Program....

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Surface Melt
Science / Ice and Snow
Thursday September 25, 2014

Newly published research on the geologic history of the Antarctic Peninsula, specifically an area where a large, floating ice shelf disintegrated in the early 2000s, indicates that the cataclysmic break-up was primarily...

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Restricted Airspace
Features / Operations
Tuesday September 23, 2014

They fly over outdoor concerts and battlefields. They come in all shapes and sizes Unmanned aerial vehicles are increasingly filling airspaces around the world. Antarctica is no exception....

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Life Among the Emperors
Science / The Biological World
Thursday September 18, 2014

From making the first measurements of the diving depth of an emperor penguin in the 1960s to tracking their colonies with satellites, Gerald Kooyman's long career studying the physiology and populations of...

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High-Water Mark
Science / Oceans and Atmosphere
Thursday September 11, 2014

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is providing support to help launch a $21 million interdisciplinary initiative involving 11 institutions across the United States to study the Southern Ocean around Antarctica....

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Split the Difference
Science / The Biological World
Thursday September 11, 2014

A sea star is a sea star is a sea star. Right? The answer to that question is not particularly straightforward, particularly when attempting to address species diversity around the entire Antarctic...

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A minke whale prepares to dive under sea ice to feed on krill. A Mouthful
Science / The Biological World
Friday September 05, 2014

The first study to characterize the feeding behavior of minke whales in the Antarctic has found that they can forage just below sea ice - the only such species to demonstrate that ability - and does so at a prodigious rate.
Waves crash over the stern of the research vessel NATHANIEL B. PALMER near Antarctica. Shutting the Door
Science / Earth
Thursday September 04, 2014

A new paper in the prestigious journal Nature suggests that 34 million years decreasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere initiated the glaciation of Antarctica, not the formation of the world's largest ocean current around the continent.
Passengers deplane from a C-17 on Aug. 24. The first WinFly flights arrived at McMurdo Station after a four-day delay due to storms. Safe Landings
Features / Operations
Friday August 29, 2014

A storm packing 80-mile-per-hour winds slammed into McMurdo Station earlier this month, delaying the first flights to the U.S. Antarctic Program's largest research base by four days. More than 200 people started arriving on Aug. 24 after waiting for a break in the weather.

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