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October 1997 Volume XXXII--Number 2


Interim head of the Office of Polar Programs appointed 

Highlights of the 1997-1998 research season 

Sea-ice conditions force Cape Roberts drill team to withdraw early 

Teachers at the Poles 

U.S. Antarctic Program news 

RADARSAT: Making a digital mosaic of Antarctica 

Science notebook: News from Antarctica and beyond 

Current Antarctic Literature highlights 

1997-1998 austral summer field season begins early 

Glaciological delineation of the dynamic coastline of Antarctica 

Antarctica and sea-level change 

Foundation awards of funds for antarctic projects, 1 October 1996 through 31 January 1997


For the first time in 160 days, the sun begins to rise over McMurdo Station, Antarctica, on 19 August 1997. Though austral spring is still a month away, the sun's return means resumption of flights to and from the base--and the end of isolation for the 154 Americans who spent the winter at the station. Within days of the sunrise, 60 new staff members as well as fresh food, newspapers, and mail were delivered to McMurdo. The rising sun also marks the beginning of a new field season on the southernmost continent. 

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