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West Antarctic to be Covered With Scientific Instruments; Network to Watch Through Dark Polar Night


December 10, 2007

Terry Wilson In a mission of unprecedented scale, scientists are about to cover West Antarctica with a network of sensors to monitor the interactions between the ice and the earth below--24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The National Science Foundation just awarded the collaboration, called POLENET, $4.5 million to plant global positioning system trackers and seismic sensors on the bedrock that cradles the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Full Story

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