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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...

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Tracking Earth’s Past Magnetic Moments
Science / Earth
Tuesday March 14, 2017

The key to understanding Earth’s prehistoric magnetic field lies hidden in the rocks. Specifically, igneous rocks, basalts that cooled from liquid magma spewed out of volcanos. Geologist Lisa Tauxe of the University...

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The End of Summer Armada
Features / Operations
Monday February 13, 2017

Over the course of about three weeks, a flotilla of ships docked at McMurdo Station to help both McMurdo and Amundsen-Scott Couth Pole stations restock and prepare for next year. As the...

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The Cosmic Dust Sucker
Science / Oceans and Atmosphere
Wednesday January 04, 2017

The Earth is constantly showered with micrometeorites, every minute of every day. These interstellar particles are no bigger than a grain of sand, but are falling out of the sky everywhere. Collecting...

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Glue Genes
Science / The Biological World
Wednesday December 14, 2016

At the mouth of the McMurdo Dry Valleys, along a small spit of land called New Harbor, a team of scientists and divers have worked for decades to unlock the genetic secrets...

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The Polar Geospatial Center
Science / Earth
Wednesday November 30, 2016

The icy surface of Antarctica is a dynamic environment; and conditions can change drastically from year to year or even week to week. Because of these endless changes, making a map of...

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A C-17 touches down on the Phoenix Airfield, the first landing of a wheeled aircraft on the new landing strip. Phoenix Rising
Features / Operations
Monday November 21, 2016

When a C-17 cargo plane landed at McMurdo Station's recently completed Phoenix runway on Tuesday, Nov. 15, it meant that the station's newest airfield had passed its final test and is now ready to receive planes and passengers from the U.S. Antarctic Program's port of departure in New Zealand as early as February.
Scientist Amy Moran of the University of Hawaii at Monoa (left) tells Secretary of State John Kerry about her research Secretary of State John Kerry Travels to Antarctica
Features / Life on the Ice
Tuesday November 15, 2016

Secretary of State John Kerry visited McMurdo Station on November 11, 2016, becoming the first Secretary of state to travel to Antarctica, and the most senior U.S. government official to do so. The purpose of the trip was for Kerry to meet with polar researchers studying a wide range of topics supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), many of which related to the global implications of climate change.
Diver Steve Rupp looks up from under the sea ice while testing one of the rebreather systems. A Re-Breath of Fresh Air
Features / Operations
Tuesday November 01, 2016

Over the past few years, there have been major advances in scuba equipment. However, Antarctica is a harsh continent, as the saying goes, and new technology and techniques have to be carefully tested before they are allowed into the field. This season, the McMurdo Station scientific dive team is evaluating the safety of new "rebreather" diving systems that have been growing in popularity.

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