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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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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...

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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...

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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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Hubert Staudigel chips away at volcanic rock while Hanna Asefaw takes down notes at Cape Armitage on Ross Island. 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 of California, San Diego, and her team, traveled to Antarctica to collect rock samples that can tell them more about the planet's magnetic field over the past few million years. The research was funded by the National Science Foundation, which manages the U.S. Antarctic Program.
The Icebreaker USCGC Polar Star sits docked at McMurdo's ice pier, while the research vessel Nathaniel B. Palmer waits in the channel cut into the ice by the icebreaker. 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 austral summer season draws to an end, an annual succession of ocean-going vessels travel to the station to break a channel through the sea ice, remove unneeded equipment and waste and deliver cargo and fuel.
The Cosmic Dust Sucker sits on the edge of the South Pole's clean air sector, pulling in air and filtering out micrometeoroids. 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 this cosmic dust, and separating it from terrestrial contamination, has led scientists to the most remote corner of the planet.

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