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IPY.gov is Now an Archived SIte

4/30/2012 In April of 2012, a conference in Montreal drew the International Polar Year 2007-2009 to an official end. For linsk to archived materials click the headline above. More

NSF-funded IPY Study: "Public Knowledge About Polar Regions Increases While Concerns Remain Unchanged"

2/7/2012 Analysis of the polar questions on General Social Survey indicates public's polar knowledge improved between 2006 and 2010. More

Arctic Ice Melt Could Temporarily Stabilize over Coming Decades

8/11/2011 Despite the rapid retreat of Arctic sea ice in recent years, the ice may temporarily stabilize or somewhat expand at times over the next few decades, new research indicates. More

NSF-funded Research: Largest Recorded Tundra Fire Yields Scientific Surprises

7/28/2011 The Anaktuvuk River fire, the largest recorded tundra fire in the Arctic, released approximately as much carbon into the atmosphere as the tundra has stored in the previous 50 years, according to a newly released study. More

NSF-Funded Research: Sea Level Rise Less from Greenland, More from Antarctica, Than Suspected during Last Interglacial

7/28/2011 During the last prolonged warm spell on Earth, the oceans were about 20 feet higher than they are now. New research suggests that, contrary to prior hypotheses, Greenland's ice may have contributed more, and Antarctica's less, to that rise. More

NSF Statement on the Death of Alaska Native Leader Caleb Pungowiyi

7/27/2011 Karl A. Erb, head of the National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs, express the regret of the Arctic science community--at the death of Caleb Pungowiyi. More

Penn State Researchers Trace Ancestry of Polar Bears to Ireland

7/7/2011 An international team, funded partly by the National Science Foundation, has discovered that the female ancestor of all living polar bears was a brown bear that lived in the vicinity of present-day Britain and Ireland 20,000 to 50,000 years ago. More

Polar Ecosystems: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's Detailed Look

6/15/2011 They are extreme environments. But scientists are intrigued by the swirling ocean currents, the seasonal rhythms, the abundant nutrients, and the interaction of ice, air, and water that support life at the Poles. More

Duke Reseachers Find Record Number of Whales, Krill in Antarctic Bays

4/28/2011 Scientists have observed a “super-aggregation” of more than 300 humpback whales gorging on the largest swarm of Antarctic krill seen in more than 20 years in bays along the Western Antarctic Peninsula. More

Marine Ecology Project Unites Four Generations of Scientists to Track Ecosystem Changes

10/8/2010 A 71-year-old ecology professor is a member of an Antarctic research team that is searching out experiments left in McMurdo Sound more than 40 years ago. These "lost experiments" will show how the ecosystem has changed over time. More
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