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A Chemical Detective Story: Why is Don Juan Pond So Salty?
Science / Earth
Wednesday June 13, 2018

During winter, nearly everything in Antarctica freezes solid. Except Don Juan Pond. Though only about twice the area of an Olympic-sized swimming pool, and barely a foot deep, Don Juan Pond is...

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We Are All Scientists
Features / Operations
Thursday June 07, 2018

In the midst of the austral winter, as total darkness and below-zero temperatures encompass McMurdo Station, the pace of science slows somewhat. A science fair organized by station residents in their free...

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A World-Class Classroom At The Bottom Of The World
Science / The Biological World
Thursday May 31, 2018

For early-career scientists, learning the ropes in Antarctica can mean donning actual safety lines and harnesses. This past austral summer, 20 students traveled to the National Science Foundation's McMurdo Station to conduct...

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Podcast: Marine Operations
Features / Operations
Wednesday May 23, 2018

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 Episode: Marine Operations. On board the...

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Ultraviolet Radiation Gives Microbes Mixed Messages
Science / The Biological World
Tuesday May 15, 2018

Ultraviolet rays from the sun may be disrupting the natural ecology of the waters of Antarctica's...

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Paleo Gondwanaland Was Full Of Lystrosaurs
Science / Earth
Thursday May 03, 2018

An expedition studying the aftermath of one of Earth's greatest global extinctions collected hundreds of prehistoric animal fossils from the mountains of Antarctica this past season. Ten researchers spent nearly six weeks...

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The research team prepares to take samples near Lake Bonney in the Taylor Valley Climate Change In The McMurdo Dry Valleys
Science / The Biological World
Tuesday April 24, 2018

The McMurdo Dry Valleys ecosystems are changing because of climate change. In a paper published in the journal Ecology in January researchers said they've tracked the decline of the microorganism living in the Dry Valleys' barren soils. More frequent extreme weather events are driving down the population of the nematode Scottnema lindsayae, a microscopic roundworm, which makes up about 90 percent of the species that live in the Dry Valleys.
Paul Cziko dives under the frozen ice to install the McMurdo Oceanographic Observatory Why Antarctic Fish Don't Freeze Their Tails Off
Science / The Biological World
Tuesday April 10, 2018

An innovative project to understand how fish survive in the frigid Antarctic waters is opening up new avenues for researchers monitoring what goes on under the sea ice in McMurdo Sound. Evolutionary biologist Paul Cziko from the University of Oregon is studying how Antarctic fish don’t, themselves, freeze into a solid block while spending their lives in subzero waters.
Researchers and support staff unpack gear and return it to the Berg Field Center after a successful field season. Podcast: The Berg Field Center
Features / Operations
Thursday March 29, 2018

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 Episode: The Berg Field Center. Known more popularly as the BFC, it's home to all the survival supplies a team of researchers working in the farthest, most remote corners of the continent would need.

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