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Almost Like Being There
Science / Earth
Thursday October 16, 2014

Geologists and other scientists will venture to remote places in Antarctica to collect rock specimens that may reveal clues about the continent's past geologic, or possibly Earth's climate history. Or they could...

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Coloring Outside the Lines
Science / Earth
Thursday October 16, 2014

Exploration of other planets and moons often begins in Antarctica. But a geologist who specializes in research of planetary surfaces using remote-sensing techniques is working in the opposite direction, applying his experience...

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Where Are They Now?
Science / Ice and Snow
Thursday October 09, 2014

One of the world's biggest break-up stories isn't in Hollywood. It's taking place around Antarctica. An iceberg that calved in March 2000 from the Ross Ice Shelf is continuing its slow disintegration...

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Expansion
Science / Oceans and Atmosphere
Thursday October 09, 2014

Sea ice around Antarctica appears headed for another record year. NSIDC, partly funded by the National Science Foundation, reported that the five-day average for sea ice extent around the southernmost continent last...

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Self-Exile
Science / The Biological World
Thursday October 09, 2014

The latest study in a project that has been supported by the National Science Foundation suggests that Weddell seals in Antarctica can remain flexible even in the face of changing environmental conditions....

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Good Things in Small Packages
Science / The Biological World
Thursday October 02, 2014

It makes sense that life in extreme environments requires an organism to be "lean and mean" to survive. The recently sequenced genome of Antarctica's only endemic insect suggests that may apply genetically...

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A ground blizzard sweeps across the ice shelf that leads to Ross Island, where McMurdo Station and New Zealand's Scott Base are located Stormy Weather
Features / Life on the Ice
Thursday October 02, 2014

Stormy weather. It's been a familiar tune the last couple of months at McMurdo Station, where more than 62 inches of snow fell in August and windy conditions caused delays to several flights scheduled that month.
Two aircraft carrying more than 160 people landed on a runway made of ice on the Ross Ice Shelf on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 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.
A helicopter hovers over the back deck of the research vessel NATHANIEL B. PALMER during one of the expeditions for the LARISSA project. 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 a result of rising air temperatures and melting at the ice surface.

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