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Podcast: Helo Ops
Features / Operations
Friday December 08, 2017

Without any network of paved roads, getting around Antarctica's rugged landscape is tough. Helicopters are the primary means to transport people and equipment to the near field. The Antarctic Sun is taking...

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Life In A Cryoconite Hole
Science / The Biological World
Tuesday October 31, 2017

Diverse ecosystems that teem with life thrive just below the surface of many Antarctic glaciers. Small, frozen holes full of liquid water and microorganisms entombed by ice dot the surfaces of glaciers....

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Talking Science with the General Public
Science / Education and Outreach
Tuesday October 17, 2017

Scientists spent a long weekend in August learning how not to talk like a scientist. Educators from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and the University of Colorado, Boulder trained a...

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Podcast: Feeding McMurdo
Features / Operations
Wednesday October 04, 2017

It is no small feat to keep more than 800 hardworking people fed, especially when you're at the bottom of the world. The Antarctic Sun is taking a behind-the-scenes look at the...

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The Edge Of Life
Science / The Biological World
Tuesday September 19, 2017

Researchers working in Antarctica's McMurdo Dry Valleys found evidence, in ancient dried microbial mats, of microorganisms that may have been alive for thousands of years. The discovery could have implications for biology...

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Charles Bentley 1929-2017
Features / People Profiles
Tuesday August 29, 2017

Charles Bentley, the pioneering glaciologist who was among the very first wave of scientists to travel to Antarctica, passed away on August 19 at his home in Oakland, Calif. at the age...

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Driver Manuel Garcia climbs into the driver's seat of the enormous Kress, one of the vehicles specially outfitted for driving passengers around McMurdo Station. Podcast: McMurdo Station On The Move
Features / Operations
Wednesday August 02, 2017

Mass transit may not be one of the first things that comes to mind when thinking about operations on the icy continent, but without it McMurdo Station wouldn't function. The Antarctic Sun is taking a behind-the-scenes look at the workers and what they do to make science at the bottom of the world possible. This week: The Shuttles Department.
Stewart poses for a portrait in McMurdo Station while wearing his Antarctic parka. He traveled to Antarctica numerous times over the years to set up and oversee the scientific diving on the continent. James Stewart
Features / People Profiles
Thursday July 13, 2017

James "Jim" Stewart--the chief diving officer emeritus at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the so-called "father" of the U.S. Antarctic Program's diving program--died in Irvine, California on June 7 at the age of 89. Stewart adapted the scientific-diving best practices that he helped develop for the American Academy of Underwater Sciences to produce guidelines for the U.S. Arctic and Antarctic programs, procedures still used to this day.
Peter Braddock, the group's mountaineer, walks towards the McIntyre Promontory, the rocky outcrop where the group collected plant fossils. The Prehistoric Forests of the Frozen Continent
Science / Earth
Friday June 30, 2017

Paleontologists uncovered the fossil remnants of the oldest forest yet discovered in Antarctica. At about 270 million years old, the fossils come from an extinct species of tree known as Glossopteris. The fossils promise to offer paleontologists insights into the prehistoric climate and ecology of Antarctica, and the dramatic ecological changes that were about to sweep across the continent.

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