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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...

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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...

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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...

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Dating The East Antarctic Ice Sheet
Science / Ice and Snow
Wednesday June 14, 2017

The history of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet is written in stones along the Transantarctic Mountains. Over the past two years, researchers ventured to remote areas along the mountain range to decipher...

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Methane Munching Microbes
Science / Oceans and Atmosphere
Wednesday May 24, 2017

VIDEO: Five years ago, a plume of natural methane started seeping out of the seafloor near McMurdo Station, providing researchers an unprecedented chance to study the formation and development of colonies of...

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Tag! You're it!
Science / Earth
Wednesday May 17, 2017

A number of Adelie penguins around the Ross Sea are sporting sophisticated new leg bands this year. Ornithologist David Ainley and his team attached new electronic tags to about 150 penguins to...

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A fumarole on the slopes of Mount Erebus is the tell-tale sign that there is gas seeping from underground. Caves Of Gas
Science / Earth
Wednesday April 26, 2017

Planet Earth is gassy. All over the world, plumes of gasses that formed deep under the planet's surface, pour out of active volcanoes and mix with the atmosphere. Tobias Fischer, a volcanologist at the University of New Mexico, spent two seasons exploring the frozen face of Antarctica's Mount Erebus, the world's southernmost active volcano, to better understand these fumes escaping from the depths of the Earth.
The scientists and drillers set up camp at the foot of Mount Tidd in the Pirrit Hills. Ancient Ice Levels
Science / Ice and Snow
Thursday April 20, 2017

Today, a massive sheet of ice covers nearly all of West Antarctica, but it hasn't always been that way. Over the past few hundred thousand years, researchers think that the ice sheets have waxed and waned, varying in size as the region's climate changed. To gather evidence of how dynamic the ice cover has been in the past, John Stone of the University of Washington and his team traveled to a remote region of the continent this past season.
A baby Weddell seal lounges on top of the sea ice. Scientists hope to understand how the species is able to stay underwater for up to 90 minutes. Seals Don't Waste their Breath
Science / The Biological World
Monday March 27, 2017

The ubiquitous Weddell seals that live around McMurdo Station are the region's undisputed diving champs, able to hold their breath for 90-plus minutes. That's at least three times as long as any other air-breathing animal in the region. It's an impressive feat, and how they're able to stay under for so long is what Emmanuel Buys and his team have been investigating over the past two seasons in Antarctica.

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