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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 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...

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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...

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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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The WISSARD drill operations in West Antarctica during the 2014-15 summer. The team drilled four boreholes about 700 meters into the ice. 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 found life.
Scientists collect rocks in the Transantarctic Mountains that are 1.4 billion years old. Quick Access
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 by the National Science Foundation will help researchers get to the bottom of the ice sheet.
A person walks away from the South Pole Station in 2013. 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 around Antarctica continued to expand to record levels for reasons that are still being debated.

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