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Scientists Take off on Arctic-to-Antarctic Flights to Measure Greenhouse Gases

1/7/2009 NSF's High-performance Instrumented Airborne Platform for Environmental Research (HIAPER) will cover more than 24,000 miles in a series of five flights over three years to sample the atmosphere. More

The View from 3,500 Years (and More) in the Past: Blogging from the West Antarctic Ice Sheet Divide Ice-Coring Project

1/6/2009 "Watching the drill going down the hole and then coming up to deliver ice to the core handlers is like a flawlessly executed ballet dance with everyone and every part of the system working in concert." -- Julie Palais, NSF glaciology program officer. More

The International Polar Year, 2007–2008, An Opportunity to Focus on Infectious Diseases in Arctic Regions

1/5/2009 Alan J. Parkinson, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, describes in lay language the thrust of the Arctic Human Health Initiative and how the current polar year provides a unique opportunity to focus on human health. More

Over the New Year's Weekend Take in an On-line Exhibit of Rare Paintings by Polar Explorer-Artists at Boston's Peabody Essex Museum

12/31/2008 Capturing the high drama and stark beauty of historic polar expeditions, To the Ends of the Earth, Painting the Polar Landscape presents more than 50 works by prominent artist-explorers--all rarely shown in a single exhibition. More

As IPY Draws to a Close, Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting to Mark 50th Anniversary of the Landmark International Accord

12/29/2008 The U.S. will host the meeting in Baltimore in April. Almost 400 diplomats, Antarctic program personnel, and polar scientists from 47 countries will participate. The Treaty sets the continent aside strictly for peaceful and scientific purposes. More

From The Exploratorium's Ice Stories Series: An Unusual South Pole "Christmas Tree"

12/24/2008 In this 2007 dispatch, Kathryn Schaffer Miknaitis, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Chicago, describes the artificial tree erected by iron workers at Amundsen-Scott South Pole station with recycled materials. More

Read an Essay about the Relationship between Caribou and Northern People from the Gates of the Arctic National Park's Web site

12/24/2008 Caribou have been vital to the survival of all native people whose homelands are now partially encompassed by Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve: Nunamiut Eskimos, Eskimo people of the Kobuk and Noatak Rivers, and Koyukon Indians. More

Live from the Mt. Erebus Observatory, atop the World's Southernmost Active Volcano, PolarTREC Teacher John Wood

12/23/2008 Through the NSF-funded PolarTREC program, Wood, from Talbert Middle School in Huntington Beach, Calif. is part of a team from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology working at the volcano's summit. Read his journals. More

Gates of the Arctic National Park Offers Opportunity to Become an Artist in Resdience

12/23/2008 The Artist in Residence program offers professional writers, composers, musicians, two and three-dimensional visual artists, photographers, filmmakers, and artisans an opportunity to pursue their art at Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve. More

USGS Web Site Provides an Illustrated Introduction to Glaciers, Climate and Change Over Time

12/22/2008 Focusing on Alaskan glaciers, the site examines one aspect of the global climate issue—the relationship between glaciers and climate. It incudes a PowerPoint presentation that "morphs" images from Kenai Fjords National Park to show change over time. More
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