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Researchers take one of the new Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats out through the icy water to sample zooplankton near Palmer Station Sea Drifters
Science / The Biological World
Tuesday March 06, 2018

The menagerie of drifting ocean creatures that lives off the coast of Palmer Station was under the microscope more than ever this past austral summer. A team of scientists spent five months at the station studying the tiny creatures that drift along the ocean currents. It's the first time the research team studying these zooplankton spent an entire field season at Palmer Station analyzing changes over time in the abundance of different species.
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.

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