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The traverse's two tracked vehicles pull sleds full of their supplies and tents towards the 88-South line of latitude Circumnavigating the Pole Hole
Science / Ice and Snow
Wednesday February 14, 2018

In January, researchers went for a more than 750-kilometer drive around the South Pole. The team followed the arc of the 88th parallel for a quarter of its distance ringing the South Pole. Their cargo was a sensitive GPS unit to record the exact elevation of the ice sheet they drove over. The effort is in support of NASA's ICESat-2 satellite, a mission devoted to measuring ice levels around the world, particularly in the polar regions.
Carol Costanza (left) and Scott Landolt install a section of aluminum fins around the precipitation gauge at the Tall Tower site on the Ross Ice Shelf Quantifying Snowfall
Science / Oceans and Atmosphere
Monday January 08, 2018

Snow in some form or another blankets almost all Antarctica, but measuring exactly how much snow falls from the sky is tricky. A team of researchers recently set up four newly-developed precipitation observatories near McMurdo Station to better measure how much snow falls in the region.

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