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Field Work Ends … For Now

Despite some unpredictable Antarctic weather, the final G-055 team member makes it off the ice.

by |April 18, 2019
helicopter with sling

Back in McMurdo Station

The Antarctic field team returns to humanity, showers, and hot breakfasts.

by |April 9, 2019
antarctic camp during wind storm

Snow Tornadoes, Wind Storms, and More

A team of scientists working in Antarctica faces a host of new challenges.

by |April 5, 2019
rock with sensors attached

Dressing Boulders for Science

Attaching the sensors that will help us study erosion rates required vacuum grease, patience, and a lot of masking tape.

by |February 12, 2019
jen and missy in tent

Camp Life in Antarctica and the Importance of Epoxy

From cooking to going to the bathroom, here’s what daily life is like in a remote Antarctic camp.

by |February 11, 2019
tent set up in antarctica

The Journey to Antarctica and a Week in McMurdo Station

After bad weather and a busy week of packing and preparation, the team is finally ready to strike out on its own in the coldest, driest, and windiest place on the planet.

by |February 8, 2019
testing acoustic emission system

Listening to Rocks Crack

The team is using two techniques to study weathering and erosion in Antarctica’s McMurdo Dry Valleys.

by |February 6, 2019
beacon valley

Studying Erosion and Weathering in One of the Most Extreme Places on Earth

A team of scientists is measuring rock breakdown in the coldest, driest, and windiest place on the planet.

by |February 5, 2019