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New Ocean Floats Deepen a Carbon-Cycle Mystery
Science / Oceans and Atmosphere
Tuesday November 20, 2018

A new network of automated instruments throughout the Southern Ocean, which surrounds Antarctica, is dramatically changing how scientists view the planet's least understood ocean....

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Science Bouncing Back From a Delayed Start
Features / Operations
Tuesday October 23, 2018

The first planes of the 2018-2019 Summer Season touched down at McMurdo Station's Phoenix Airfield in the afternoon of October 16th after more than two weeks of weather delays, the longest postponement...

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Researchers Release the Highest Resolution Antarctic Map Ever Produced
Science / Earth
Wednesday October 17, 2018

Researchers at the National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Polar Geospatial Center in September released the biggest and most detailed map of Antarctica ever produced....

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A South Pole Record
Features / People Profiles
Thursday October 11, 2018

The prospect of spending a winter at the desolate South Pole doesn't appeal to many. It's no small feat for the few dozen hearty souls each year who brave the constant below-freezing...

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An Ecosystem Grows in Antarctica
Science / The Biological World
Wednesday August 29, 2018

Antarctica's native microorganisms are a hearty bunch, able to eke out a living on the planet's coldest, highest, driest, windiest and emptiest continent. But the region wasn't always quite as hospitable as...

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Podcast: MacOps
Features / Operations
Tuesday August 21, 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: MacOps. Short for "McMurdo Operations,"...

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Greg Balco, Grant Boeckman and Marie Bergelin operate the ice drill in the Ong Valley. Buried Treasure
Science / Ice and Snow
Thursday July 26, 2018

A team of researchers has brought home samples of some of the oldest ice ever discovered, more than twice as old as most previous samples. In the remote Ong Valley, the team drilled into a bed of ice - that first fell as snow two million years ago, or more.
At the dive hole near Arrival Heights, Kirsten Carlson sketches a giant sponge and its neighbors. Fathoming Life Under the Ice
Features / Operations
Tuesday July 17, 2018

This past austral summer season, two artists who specialize in science communication visited McMurdo Station to begin a multi-media, multi-faceted project with the aim of improving public knowledge of Antarctic marine life.
This artist's rendering of the IceCube Lab at the South Pole depicts the light detectors, called DOMs, buried under the ice (not to scale). Neutrinos Point The Way To Cosmic Rays
Science / Space and Atmospheric Physics
Thursday July 12, 2018

Using data gathered by the National Science Foundation- (NSF) funded IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the South Pole, scientists have for the first time identified a super massive black hole as the source of some of the highest energy cosmic rays.

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