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Snowy day in Antarctica.

Wind, Snow and Ice: Summer in Antarctica

The theme of the past week has been the weather. Weather is of course always happening, but in the lingo of McMurdo Station, ‘weather’ means ‘bad weather.’

by |November 21, 2017
Antarctic Ice showing crevassing along the edges of flow. photo J. Spergle

Let’s Talk About Crevasses—Deep Fractures in Antarctica’s Ice

The word “crevasse” sends shivers down the spine of anyone who works on a glacier. Sometimes hundreds of feet deep and hidden beneath a thin layer of snow, these cracks have claimed the lives of many polar explorers and scientists. They also appear quite frequently in our sensors as we fly our survey flights for Rosetta-Ice.

by |November 16, 2017
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Environmental Protection in a New Age

Paul Gallay, president of Riverkeeper, sheds light on natural resource conservation, holding the government accountable, and how to get involved in environmental preservation at this crucial time in history.

by |November 10, 2017
Flying past the Trans-Antarctic Mountains that line the East side of the Ross Shelf. Photo credit: Susan Howard

Flying is Easy, Just Think Happy Thoughts…

For scientists mapping Antarctica’s Ross Ice Shelf, data collection flights require a demanding schedule: The day starts at 4am and sometimes continues throughout the night.

by |November 7, 2017
An official 'proof'! My photo by the McMurdo sign is proof that we have really made it here after a lot of anticipation!!

Settling in at McMurdo Station in Antarctica

Even though our tent is within a short drive of McMurdo (a small town with most of the safety and logistical equipment on the entire continent), we still need to prepare ourselves for sudden, extreme weather. Every time we leave the relative safety of McMurdo, we carry our Extreme Cold Weather equipment and our tent has emergency food and sleeping equipment.

by |November 2, 2017
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Spring 2018 Teaching Assistant Opportunities

Now accepting applications for spring 2018 TA positions!

by |October 31, 2017
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Exhibit Shines Spotlight on Female Grassroots Activists in Mozambique and New York City

Photos and quotes from women peacebuilders highlight their fears and accomplishments.

by |October 27, 2017
The Dumont d'Urville base where winds have been recorded at 199 mph. (photo credit Samuel Blanc)

What’s a Few Days’ Delay When Preparing to Visit a 33 Million-Year-Old Ice Sheet?

With the Rosetta-Ice team delayed in New Zealand, let’s take a minute to discuss why Antarctica’s weather is so forbidding.

by |October 24, 2017
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Undergraduate Senior Focuses Thesis on Democratic Process in Ghana

Motivated by the opportunity to give back to her country, Ohemaa Ofori-Atta is studying Sustainable Development at Columbia.

by |October 20, 2017
Moving across the ice with IcePod in the front and active Volcano Mt. Erebus in the distance.

Final Stop: Antarctica’s Ross Ice Shelf

We have embarked! Our third Antarctic field season is underway, putting us only 18 flights away from completing our mission to map the Ross Ice Shelf, the largest ice shelf in Antarctica.

by |October 20, 2017