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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...

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Safety Check
Features / Operations
Friday August 29, 2014

The sudden loss of power and heat at a British Antarctic research base this month during the austral winter is a potential nightmare scenario for anyone wintering over on the world's coldest...

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Roving Around
Science / Ice and Snow
Friday August 22, 2014

A team with the Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drilling project deployed last year to continue an effort to understand the dynamics of the ice above a subglacial lake where researchers...

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Science / Earth
Friday August 22, 2014

Below all of Antarctica's ice sits the answers to a host of questions about its geology, from how the continent evolved tectonically to its relationship with past supercontinents. A new project funded...

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Record High
Science / Oceans and Atmosphere
Friday August 15, 2014

A warm winter at the South Pole helped make 2013 as the year with highest annually averaged temperature since records began there nearly 60 years ago. Meanwhile, the extent of sea ice...

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Getting Busy
Features / Operations
Friday August 15, 2014

Time to get busy. The first flights to McMurdo Station since March are scheduled to arrive this month at the U.S. Antarctic Program's largest science facility, preparing the way for the 2014-15...

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Adelie penguins at Ross Island, where high-resolution satellite imagery is refining the study of wildlife in the Antarctic. Finding Nemo
Science / The Biological World
Thursday August 07, 2014

High-resolution satellite imagery is refining and reinventing the way scientists track and study wildlife populations, particularly in the Antarctic, where researchers have made headline-grabbing discoveries about Adelie and emperor penguins in recent months.
A Smith-McIntyre grab sampler is lowered into the water to scoop up samples from the seafloor. Pristine Protection
Science / The Biological World
Thursday July 31, 2014

The U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP) will begin monitoring human impacts on the environment around its coastal research station off the Antarctic Peninsula, expanding a program that first began at McMurdo Station about 15 years ago.
A species of king crab, Paralomis birsteini, on the continental slope off the Antarctic Peninsula. Invasive Species
Science / The Biological World
Thursday July 31, 2014

Large populations of king crabs, first detected less than a decade ago, have scientists concerned that the seafloor organisms along a large swath of the continental shelf may be under threat from the voracious crustaceans.

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