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Making a Difference
Features / People Profiles
Tuesday May 19, 2015

Col. Denise M. Donnell has chased pirates in the South China Sea and flown all manner of aircraft, from the sub-hunting P-3 Orion to the massive, cargo-carrying C-5 Galaxy. But perhaps one...

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Anatomy of a Deglaciation
Science / Earth
Monday May 11, 2015

One way to understand how Antarctica's ice will melt - which glaciers will recede when - is to look at how it happened in the past. Trevor Williams and his team traveled...

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Day of Remembrance
Features / Life on the Ice
Monday May 11, 2015

On April 25, New Zealand's Scott Base crew invited McMurdo Station residents to make the two-kilometer trip over the hill and join them in celebrating ANZAC Day, a holiday honoring the fallen...

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Remote Recovery
Features / Operations
Monday May 04, 2015

After more than two years since launching the SuperTIGER Long Duration Balloon, a joint team of scientists, mountaineers and support personnel finally recovered the buried instrument from a remote spot in the...

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A Sticky Problem
Science / Space and Atmospheric Physics
Monday April 27, 2015

A telescope launched 35 kilometers into the stratosphere above Antarctica had a singular mission: to detect the impossibly faint signal from when the universe expanded faster than the speed of light, a...

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Passing of a Legend
Features / Back in the Day
Monday April 20, 2015

Those who knew Capt. Pieter J. Lenie - the scientists who depended on him to reach the unreachable and the crew that depended upon him for their lives - the long-serving master...

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Researcher Joe Levy sets up a digital thermal-imaging camera to study water tracks as they move under the soils of the McMurdo Dry Valleys. Underground Movement
Science / Earth
Monday April 13, 2015

There is an underground movement underway in Antarctica. This particular movement doesn't involve radical political parties or fringe music festivals, though the idea of super salty water moving through the shallow subsurface of the Dry Valleys may eventually shake up established orthodoxy.
McMurdo Station residents sort through 16 large cardboard boxes of skua, miscellaneous items left behind by others. Sorting It Out
Features / Life on the Ice
Monday April 06, 2015

A scavenger bird of the Antarctic, skua is also the adopted name for the collection of miscellaneous items that USAP participants leave behind for use by current and future residents. The collection of available skua is never greater than at the beginning of the winter.
Lead driller Tanner Kuhl guides the Intermediate Depth Drill into position to start ice-coring operations. Going Deep
Science / Ice and Snow
Thursday March 26, 2015

The South Pole is a very cold place, with an average annual temperature of around minus 50 degrees Celsius. Even the ice is especially cold at the bottom of the world. And that's a good thing for a team of researchers interested in extracting the first deep ice core at the South Pole.

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