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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

University of Nevada Researchers using New Technology to Record Antarctic Ocean, Ice Temperatures

12/23/2011 Half-mile long thermometers have been dropped through the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica that will give the world relevant data on sea and ice temperatures for tracking climate change and its effect on the glacial ice surrounding the continent. More

NSF Awards University of Alaska $16 million to Support Arctic Science

11/16/2011 The National Science Foundation has awarded $16.3 million to the University of Alaska Fairbanks in support of the Toolik Field Station, a major site for national and international research in the North American Arctic since 1975. More

Antarctica's Gamburtsev Subglacial Mountains Mystery Solved

11/16/2011 Researchers with the IPY centerpiece AGAP project may have at last answered a 50 year-old conundrum. They may now know how Antarctica's Gamburtsev Subglacial Mountains were formed, a question scientists have pondered since 1958. More

Pine Island Glacier: A Scientific Quest in Antarctica to Determine What's Causing Ice Loss

11/9/2011 In an IPY project funded by the National Science Foundation and NASA, researchers will helicopter onto the Pine Island Glacier ice shelf, to determine how much heat ocean currents deliver to the underside and how that may accelerate melting. More

Statement by Karl A. Erb, Head of the National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs on the Death of Martin (Marty) Bergmann

8/31/2011 On behalf of NSF and the U.S. Arctic researchers it supports, I wish to express our collective sadness at the death of Martin ("Marty") Bergmann, director of Canada's Polar Continental Shelf Program and a leading light in Arctic science. More

White House Names Augustine to Lead Blue-Ribbon Review of Antarctic Science Infrastructure

7/12/2011 Norm Augustine, the former chair of the National Academy of Engineering, will lead an upcoming strategic review of U.S. science-support operations on the continent of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean the White House and NSF have announced. More

Fossilized Pollen Reveals Antarctic Tundra Persisted until 12 million Years Ago

6/29/2011 A painstaking examination by research at Rice and Louisiana State univerities reveals that the last remnant of Antarctic vegetation existed in a tundra landscape on the continent's northern peninsula about 12 million years ago. More

Ocean Currents Speed Melting of Antarctic Ice

6/26/2011 Stronger ocean currents beneath West Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier Ice Shelf are eroding the ice from below, speeding the melting of the glacier as a whole. More

U. of Texas: New Map Reveals Giant Fjords Beneath East Antarctic Ice Sheet

6/1/2011 Scientists from the U.S., U.K. and Australia have used ice-penetrating radar to create the first high-resolution topographic map of the Aurora Subglacial Basin, an immense ice-buried lowland in East Antarctica larger than Texas. More
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