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Annual Arctic Report Card Shows Stronger Effects of Warming

10/16/2008 Temperature increases, a near-record loss of summer sea ice, and a melting of surface ice in Greenland are among some of the evidence of continued warming in the Arctic, according to a report issued by NOAA and its partners. More

Genes Hold Secret to Survival of Antarctic 'Antifreeze Fish'

10/16/2008 The first genetic study of a fish that lives in the icy waters off Antarctica sheds light on the adaptations that enable it to survive in one of the harshest environments on the planet. More

Arctic Fossil Skull Reveals Details of Evolutionary Transition
From Fish To Land Animals

10/15/2008 New research has provided the first detailed look at the internal skeleton of Tiktaalik roseae, the 375-million-year-old fossil animal that represents an important step in the evolutionary transition from fish to animals that walked on land. More

Meteorological Towers Upgraded at Barrow and Atqasuk Sites

10/15/2008 In the Arctic, ice can develop on instrumentation that collects standard meteorological measurements for climate studies. New ultrasonic sensors and heated probes are improving data delivery while requiring less maintenance. More

Antarctica's GAmburtsev Province (AGAP) Researchers to Study One of Earth's Last Unexplored Places

10/14/2008 A U.S.-led, multinational team will pierce the mysteries of one of the Antarctica's last major unexplored places this month: an ice-buried mountain range that rivals the Alps. More

PBS' NOVA Series Features NSF-funded Arctic Dinosaur Discovery

10/7/2008 A NOVA documentary debuting on Oct. 7 reveals that dinosaurs survived and thrived in the harsh environments of the north and south polar regions. The program follows paleontologists unearthing 70 million-year-old fossils from the Alaskan tundra. More