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Oregon State University's "Suitcase Lesson" on Sea Ice Poses and Answers Basic Questions for K-6 Students

8/30/2007 How do icebergs and sea ice form? Why is knowledge of sea ice important for navigation? This NSF-funded curriculum package helps teachers and students investigate these and related questions. More

Matthew Henson: U.S. Arctic Explorer

8/28/2007 Matthew A. Henson, born in August 1866, accompanied Robert E. Peary on eight Arctic expeditions. He reached the North Pole first on April 6, 1909, planting the U.S. flag. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery More

GLIMS: Keeping an Eye on Earth's Glacier's from Space

8/23/2007 Global Land Ice Measurements from Space (GLIMS) monitors the world's glaciers, primarily using satellite data. More than 60 institutions worldwide are involved. The USGS supports GLIMS. More

National Academies' Polar Research Board Reports a Source of Independent Analysis on Significant Scientific Issues

8/23/2007 The Polar Research Board provides independent scientific guidance to federal agencies and the nation. It maintains an online list of reports on topics ranging from the exploration of subglacial lakes to Arctic contributions to social science. More

New NASA Poster Captures Space Agency's Perspective on Polar Exploration

8/22/2007 NASA's new full-color, doubled-sided poster captures the agency's unique perspective on Earth's poles-from space, the air, and on the ground-in 40 images. Descriptions of each photo are provided on the back of the poster. More

ARMADA Teacher Aboard Coast Guard Icebreaker
Assists in Seafloor Charting

8/22/2007 Sam Fuerst, a Durham, N.C. high-school teacher, is aboard the USCGC Healy in the Arctic, helping to chart the seafloor in support of NOAA's Law of the Sea Mapping Program. Read his journals. More

From Data Gathered at the World-Class Observatory at the South Pole: Animation Illustrates Cataclysm at the Galaxy's Core

8/22/2007 Every 20 million years or so, gas at the galactic center sets off bursts of star formation. The stars eventually go supernova, sterilizing a massive surrounding region. Requires RealPlayer plug-in. More

"Winfly" Missions Begin the Annual Cycle of Increased
Support to Science on the Southernmost Continent

8/21/2007 Science in the polar regions requires a tremendous amount of logistical support and expertise. More

Read Dispatches from an International Research Cruise to the Arctic's Beaufort Gyre

8/20/2007 Ice, ocean, and atmosphere interact to affect the health of the Arctic climate. At the heart of this system is the Beaufort Gyre, one of the planet's least-explored bodies of water. More

NASA's AMASE Mission to Norway Allows Scientists to Test Tools and Techniques for Future Mars Missons

8/16/2007 From Aug. 12 to 26, Arctic Mars Analog Svalbard Expedition scientists will deploy to study a Mars-like environment using techniques that may feature in future planetary missions. Read their journals. More

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