Using Rocks to Decode Antarctic Climate

Using Rocks to Decode Antarctic Climate

Scientists from Lamont-Doherty and Indiana University-Purdue are camping by the Transantarctic Mountains, studying exposed rocks near the edge of the Antarctic ice sheet for clues to how the ice shifted in the past. They hope the geological record will help us understand the effects of a warming planet today. Mike Kaplan, Kathy Licht and others report from the field, and answer readers' questions, with help from Gisela Winckler at Lamont.

Celebrating the end of the Antarctic field season

by | 2.17.2011 at 10:18pm
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It is the end of a highly successful field season for our ‘Antarctica’s Secrets’ team – a mix of sadness and joy

Glacial deposits: A clue to reconstructing the history of the Antarctic ice sheet

by | 2.10.2011 at 11:44am
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Having been joined by a fifth team member, Tim Flood from St Norbert College, our “Antarctica Secrets” team sets out to a new field site near Mount Achernar.

Moraines and spaghetti in the Transantarctic Mountains

by | 1.31.2011 at 11:30pm
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Our Antarctica Secret’s team starts collecting samples at their first remote field site at Mt Howe, Transantarctic Mountains, about 180 miles from the South Pole.

Setting up camp 184 miles from the South Pole

by | 1.28.2011 at 3:12pm | 3 Comments
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Our field team flies from McMurdo to their first base camp, named CTAM, which stands for Central Transantarctic Mountains. This camp is set up by the US National Science Foundation every 5 to 10 years, with input from scientists on the cutting edge research that can be done in the region.

Survival training in Antarctica – aka Happy Camper

by | 1.20.2011 at 10:48pm | 2 Comments
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Mike Kaplan and Nicole Bader, first-timers in Antarctica, report from taking their basic survival training at McMurdo Station in Antarctica, aka ‘Happy Campers’

Antarctic Impressions

by | 1.3.2011 at 3:47pm | 3 Comments
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Kathy Licht, an “old hat” of Antarctic field research and part of the Antarctica’s Secrets team, shares her impressions how it feels to be back on the ice.

A beautiful day in Antarctica

by | 12.28.2010 at 8:04am | 1 Comment
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Having picked up their extreme weather gear in New Zealand, our Antarctica’s Secrets team lands on Antarctica and settles in McMurdo station where they will be trained and prepared for their camping trip to the Transantarctic mountains.

Gearing up in New Zealand

by | 12.25.2010 at 2:07pm | 1 Comment
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After months of waiting, our Antarctica’s Secrets team leaves Los Angeles on a non stop 12 hour flight to New Zealand. Their first stop is Christchurch, New Zealand, where they pick up their extreme weather clothing for the trip to Antarctica.

Antarctica’s Secrets

by | 12.19.2010 at 12:53am
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Understanding the historical context and dynamics of Antarctica’s massive ice sheets is critical for modeling future changes that have the potential to impact the globe, including significant contributions to sea level rise.