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Glaciers Subject of Three Penn State Grants
November 2, 2009
Glaciers, water under the glaciers, seismic activity and robotic rovers are all part of three National Science Foundation Polar Program grants awarded to Sridhar Anandakrishnan, professor of geosciences at Penn State University. The grants, which total nearly a million dollars, are part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding.
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