A computer simulation of Antarctic ice sheet dynamics on the new Stampede supercomputer at the University of Texas at Austin.
Marco Tedesco was recently appointed the Polar Cyberinfrastructure Program director at the National Science Foundation's Division of Polar Programs. In an interview, Tedesco talks about the potential benefits of cyberinfrastructure to the U.S. Antarctic Program.
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Life Under the Ice
It's life. But is it life as we know it? That question will be answered in the months ahead, but it appears that the first evidence that something lives in a lake covered by nearly a kilometer of ice in West Antarctica emerged at the end of January.
In the end, it took a little bit of magic and quite a lot of effort, but U.S. scientists announced this week that they successfully reached a lake buried nearly a kilometer below the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. a custom-made, high-powered hotwater drill reached subglacial Lake Whillans on Jan 28.
Poised for the Plunge
The final push by a team of U.S. scientists to explore a lake nearly a kilometer below the ice sheet is about to begin. Their destination: subglacial Lake Whillans, a liquid body of water trapped under about 800 meters of ice. Their mission: To make some of the first explorations of a subglacial ecosystem.
James McClintock, a professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and National Science Foundation-funded researcher, has distilled 30 years of research and experiences in Antarctica into a new book, Lost Antarctica: Adventures in a Disappearing Land.