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When North Itself Wanders

I love thinking about why my compass points north.
The deep, molten-metal motions, rising
And falling … gargantuan currents of iron
Conceiving vast magnetic fields, revealed
In my hand, by a tiny, quivering red needle.

by |July 25, 2014
Twin Otter, Arctic Switchyard

Under Arctic Ice: Watch the Video

The video depicts the activities of the LDEO Switchyard field team, which deploys annually and uses ski-equipped aircraft to reach a series of sample sites between the North Pole and Ellesmere Island in Canada.

by |May 24, 2012