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Sarah Seabrook climbs out of the water after diving to collect samples of the methane-eating microbes growing below. 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 microorganisms that rely on methane for nourishment.
Adelie penguin populations, like this one at Cape Crozier, is the focus of ornithologist David Ainley and his team's research. 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 record where each penguin goes and how deeply it dives under water. The tagging project ties in with a broader effort that he's been spearheading for 20 years, monitoring Adelie penguin populations and demographics around Ross Island.

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