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Moon over McMurdo
Science / Ice and Snow
Thursday November 27, 2014

The interface between water and ice on the underside of the McMurdo Ice Shelf is where Antarctica and Europa intersect in terms of how conditions at the former may help future exploration...

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Get Cracking
Features / Operations
Thursday November 20, 2014

Between the few brief months when the sea ice in McMurdo Sound finally solidifies and then starts to fall apart again, scientists and support personnel move back and forth across its ice-covered...

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A Weighty Problem
Science / The Biological World
Thursday November 13, 2014

Researchers recently reported a connection between local weather conditions and the weight of Adelie penguin chicks in an article in Marine Ecology Progress Series, a top marine ecology journal....

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Chipping Away
Science / Earth
Thursday November 13, 2014

Kenneth Sims is a geologist who specializes in using naturally occurring radiogenic isotopes to study Earth processes. Not the sort of high-tech job that one would think requires lugging a sledgehammer to...

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Born to Motherhood
Science / The Biological World
Thursday November 06, 2014

She did it again. A 32-year-old Weddell seal mom has survived another winter and returned to her breeding colony to give birth to her 22nd pup. This is a new Weddell population...

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Whiteout
Features / Life on the Ice
Thursday November 06, 2014

There have been few pauses between a string of relentless storms in October that brought strong winds and snow to the Ross Island region since the first planes of summer arrived. The...

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A U.S. Air Force C-17 pilot uses night-vision goggles to land at Pegasus Airfield near McMurdo Station in 2008. 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 parlay that ability into regularly scheduled flights during the winter.
Artist April Surgent draws an Antarctic landscape from Gamage Point near Palmer Station. 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 a little flexibility and ingenuity when it came to fulfilling her artistic vision.
The Yeti robot tows a radar in a crevassed area of Greenland in March 2014. 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 of researchers concerned that its potential instability could have long-term repercussions for the Ross Ice Shelf.

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