Two NSF Instruments at the South Pole to take part in "Around the World in 80 Telescopes" Webcast

4/1/2009 Researchers at two massive, sophisticated National Science Foundation-funded instruments located at the South Pole will be featured in a global Webcast on April 3 and 4 as part of the International Year of Astronomy. More

Arctic and Antarctic-themed Activities to Bring a Breath of Polar Air to Baltimore

3/16/2009 The Maryland Science Center in Baltimore will be the focal point of a range of public events April 4 and 5 that highlight federally funded Arctic and Antarctic research programs. More

University of Rochester Researchers: Ancient Turtle Migrated from Asia to America Over a Tropical Arctic

2/1/2009 Finding a fossilized, tropical, freshwater, Asian turtle in the Canadian Arctic strongly suggests that animals migrated from Asia to North America directly across a freshwater sea floating atop the warm, salty Arctic Ocean. More

USGS Podcast: New Study of Alaska's Gas Hydrates Shows Deposits Could Add Significantly to U.S. Energy Mix.

1/31/2009 The first-ever study estimates that there are 85.4 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered, technically recoverable gas from natural gas hydrates on Alaska's North Slope. A transcript of the roughly nine-minute segment is provided. More

CDC Podcast: Disparities in Arctic Health and How IPY Addresses Them

1/12/2009 In this podcast from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, learn about the health challenges facing people in the Arctic and how research and the IPY address them. A transcript is also provided. More

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

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

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

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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