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Adelie penguin populations, like this one at Cape Crozier, is the focus of ornithologist David Ainley and his team's research. 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 record where each penguin goes and how deeply it dives under water. The tagging project ties in with a broader effort that he's been spearheading for 20 years, monitoring Adelie penguin populations and demographics around Ross Island.
A fumarole on the slopes of Mount Erebus is the tell-tale sign that there is gas seeping from underground. 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 at the University of New Mexico, spent two seasons exploring the frozen face of Antarctica's Mount Erebus, the world's southernmost active volcano, to better understand these fumes escaping from the depths of the Earth.

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