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  • Arctic Tundra Dynamics 08 | PolarTREC
    my head Of course if you ask my father in law everyday is a good day for Christmas music Saying Aloha with a fresh flower lei Aloha from the island of O ahu After a long day of flying and weeks of planning to get here I feel so thankful that I made it to Read Journal 5 25 January 2013 Temperatures are dropping and so are our team members Meet Garrett Let the sky fall When it crumbles We will stand tall Face it all together Let the sky fall When it crumbles We will stand tall Face it all together At skyfall That skyfall Thanks Adele It s that time when folks are leaving and we get to say see ya back in Florida Many of us different flights and our numbers are dwindling As our team numbers drop so does the temperature John and the Girls Head South 16 F in Anchorage and Dropping Garrett and Mrs Fran Hayden saying See ya soon It s been real Tonight as I took a walk a long Cook Inlet I felt the need to do some extra bundling as Read Journal Expedition Resources Students brave cold for research expedition to Alaska Web Link Arctic All Ages In this article PolarTREC teacher Elizabeth Eubanks recounts her experience bringing her students three eighth graders and two seventh graders to a week long research conference in Alaska Having my students present at an international professional science conference is above and beyond any experience that I can offer them as a science teacher View Web Link Teacher students take a field trip to Alaska Article Arctic All Ages Download and Share PolarTREC teacher Elizabeth Eubanks traveled to the Alaska Marine Science Symposium with her students They presented a poster about their experience as her students View Article Florida Students Attend Alaska Marine Science Symposium Web Link Arctic All Ages Elizabeth Eubanks and St Mark Catholic School students attend the Alaska Marine Science Symposium View Web Link Elizabeth Eubanks and the Arctic Tundra Dynamics team in Costa Rica Event About 1 period PolarTREC teacher Elizabeth Eubanks hosted a webinar from Costa Rica with Arctic Tundra Dynamics team from Barrow AK They are completing similiar research at La Selva Biological Station Costa Rica View Event Saint Mark school teacher brings Costa Rica back to the classroom Article All Ages Download and Share Teacher Elizabeth Eubanks recently returned from a research trip to Costa Rica along with Steve Oberbauer a professor of biological sciences at Florida International University In 2008 they had traveled to Barrow Alaska to study the role of global warming on Arctic ecosystems as part of a PolarTREC exition In Dr Oberbauer s words Elizabeth was so good in Alaska I had to bring her with us View Article Technology Enhances KWL Lesson Arctic Antarctic n a All Ages Download and Share Overview I Elizabeth Eubanks PolarTREC teacher 2008 Arctic Tundra Dynamics created this lesson to introduce my students to utilizing technology to

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  • Changing Tundra Landscapes | PolarTREC
    just walk down the Read Journal 22 July 2008 Snowy Day at Toolik Lake Polar Date July 22 2008 SNOW The rain turned to snow overnight and researchers grads undergrads teachers staff in fact everyone was energized and excited to wake up to a winter wonderland in July July 22 2008 brought snow to Toolik When I stepped out of the tent I was greeted with a scene from a typical Michigan winter morning The WeatherPort is dry but not warm My roommate Rebecca and I have not obtained a portable tent heater yet I think we ll be getting one for tonight Ironically Christmas in July will be celebrated on Friday so the snow put everyone into the Read Journal 20 July 2008 International Polar Science Polar Date July 20 21 2008 The weather did not give us a break for long Sunday and Monday were both gray rainy foggy and cold I spent Sunday working on my lessons and activities that I will be having my students do in the fall A major part of PolarTrec is for the PolarTrec teachers to take their field experiences and translate them into meaningful labs and experiments It s a challenge because the researchers here use very high tech and expensive equipment that is not available to classrooms or schools Additionally the science is extremely complex and it s necessary to Read Journal 19 July 2008 Soil Slurry Lab Day Polar Date July 19 2008 Blue skies returned People were overjoyed especially those who had been working indoors for 4 solid days I was the opposite though since I had been in the field for the cold rainy weather and today was an indoor lab day After almost a solid week of fog clouds and overcast rainy skies Toolik woke up to bright sunshine and blue skies again The soils in Lab 4 were ready to be processed yet again This time we were taking the small samples Karl weighed adding 45 ml of reverse osmosis RO water blending them in the kind of blender normally used for Read Journal Expedition Resources Toolik Daylight and Darkness Activity Arctic About 1 period Middle School and Up Download Share and Remix Overview Students will review charts of day length to determine when the sun will set at Toolik Lake Objective Students will learn the following The sun is the major source of energy for phenomena on the earth s surface such as growth of plants winds ocean currents and the water cycle Seasons result from variations in the amount of the sun s energy hitting the surface due to the View Activity Climate research professor slates live Web presentation tomorrow Article Arctic All Ages Download Article from The Shorthorn University of Texas at Arlington s student newspaper detailing PI Laura Gough s participation in a PolarTREC Live from IPY Event Laura is working with PolarTREC teacher Cathy Campbell at Toolik Station Alaska this summer View Article Changing Tundra Landscapes with Cathy Campbell at

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  • Bering Ecosystem Study 08 | PolarTREC
    of a new family and do not think I can ever thank the scientists or the crew of the HEALY enough for the amazing experience they have provided David has many boxes all getting ready for the trip back to Seattle in October I have learned science about the Eastern Bering Sea Shelf I have learned dynamics about the U S Coast Guard The science leaves me wanting more to delve a bit deeper into this amazing ecosystem that I know so little Read Journal 29 July 2008 Nothing is ever really over I was told yesterday that if you want too much or have expectations too high you will be disappointed Well I disagree I believe in going full tilt into everything I do and well I want to do pretty much everything We have two more full days at sea and still I am learning Yesterday was busy for me a 22 hour busy day The funny thing is I slept in until 8 30 am but didn t go to bed until 6 30 this morning MK2 Jeffrey Coombe covered in grease after he emerges from the depths of the engine It all started with the Webinar and ended with three successive MOCNESS as Alexei Read Journal Expedition Resources Going global teaching local Rodel Finalist Jillian Worssam links her students to scientists worldwide Article Arctic Middle School and Up Download and Share PolarTREC teacher Jillian Worssam was one of a handful of teachers singled out by the Rodel Foundation of Arizona as an exemplary teacher This article gives a sneak peak into Ms Worssam s very hands on field based classroom and how she connects with her middle school students View Article Water is Life Lesson Arctic Antarctic Less than a week Elementary and Up Download and Share Overview This lesson introduces students to krill their importance in ocean ecosystems and the physical structures that make up the krill body The students will then use the principles of a floater species and design their own krill hopefully having a class competition to see who can build a better krill Objectives Students will understand the importance of krill in an oceanic View Lesson Rings of Life Lesson Arctic Less than a week Elementary and Up Download and Share Overview Rings of life is a comparative lesson allowing students to investigate growth rings in walleye Pollock from the Bering Sea and Ponderosa Pine trees Objectives Students will be able to compare and contrast growth rings on fish and trees showing just one of the tools scientists use to monitor the health of different ecosystems Students will also be able to make educated hypotheses View Lesson Welcome to the Bering Sea An Introductory PowerPoint Lesson Arctic Less than 1 period All Ages n a Overview The following PowerPoint presentation is part of an anticipatory set used to excite and introduce students to the many wonders of the Bering Sea The PowerPoint is to be presented at the beginning of a

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  • High Arctic Change 08 | PolarTREC
    12 August 2008 Farewell to Isfjord Radio and the Linne Valley Our boatmen arrived the night before and joined us for dinner and that s when we learned that the seas were going to be rough heading back to Longyearbyen Since taking a boat is the only method of transportation back to Longyearbyen this time of year we are extremely dependent on the weather and the effects of the weather on the bodies of water We were lucky to be getting out today since the weather for the next few days didn t look promising for boat transportation We packed all our personal belongings in plastic bags before putting them in our duffels in order to protect them from Read Journal Expedition Resources Missy Holzer and the High Arctic Change Expedition Event Arctic About 1 period This one hour webinar is conducted by PolarTREC alumni Missy Holzer She highlighted her work with the High Arctic Change expedition 2008 and bringing inquiry based science into her classroom This webinar is part of the C ISE online professional development course View Event Understanding Geologic Time Web Link Arctic Antarctic Middle School and Up A step by step guide to deep time for students and teachers This educational module is sponsored by the National Science Foundation View Web Link Comprehending Geologic Time Web Link Arctic Antarctic Middle School and Up This geologic time calculator allows the user to manipulate the relativism of time to other markers It builds from the classic analogy for illustrating the relative durations of parts of the geologic time scale is the yardstick View Web Link Geography and Geology of Svalbard Norway Web Link Arctic Svalbard is an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean located about midway between Norway and the North Pole This site explains the physical geography and geology of Svalbard in depth View Web Link What Can We Learn from Sediments Lesson Arctic Less than a week High school and Up Download Overview In this activity students learn about varves annual sediment layers found in lakes Students will analyze authentic varve data from New England in order to correlate data from three different geographic locations Objective Students will analyze authentic varve sediment data and create a graph of varve thickness Students will use their results to make inferences about the climatic View Lesson Global Snow Cover Changes Lesson Arctic About 1 period Middle School and Up Download Overview This lesson allows students to use online mapping tools to investigate global snow cover changes Students develop a problem statement about global snow cover and then use mapping tools to investigate their problem or question Objective Students will become familiar with the data and tools used to analyze snow cover changes in order to answer questions pertaining to snow data View Lesson High Arctic Change with Missy Holzer Svalbard Norway Event Arctic About 1 period This Live from IPY event was held with Missy Holzer REU Students and researchers Mike Retelle and Al Werner from Svalbard Norway Missy and

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  • Ocean Dynamics Beaufort Sea | PolarTREC
    home We have seen and done some amazing things I have experienced so many firsts that I cannot list them all Thank you to Rick Krishfield of WHOI who applied for a PolarTREC teacher giving me the opportunity to join him on this expedition Thank you to Rick Will and Jim for allowing me to join Read Journal 19 August 2008 Video Last ice After taking on fuel we are steaming to our last set of stations at 72N 133W This route will be through the last ice of the cruise We had to go 13 miles out of our way to go around this huge floe I am fascinated by the ice so I am spending the last hours possible observing the ice Many have remarked on how much less ice there is up here compared to recent years I want to be sure I see all I can This journal has two short movies about ice Heart in the ice So long for now from the ice breaker LSSL Breaking Ice http www youtube com watch v iEWhvExfvfM Water and Ice at Read Journal 18 August 2008 Refueling We have been here at 69N 133W waiting for the fuel barge for the past 24 hours It is late While it is frustrating to have to wait this situation reminds us that it is not worth getting worked up over something we cannot control We use the time to catch up on data analysis and to pack Finally the barge arrives While watching the fuel barge hook up might not be so fascinating under normal circumstances we have been waiting for it and it offers something new in the landscape The barge holds 1 million liters of fuel half of what we will take on The barge is tied up to the Read Journal 16 August 2008 The Crows Nest We are currently anchored at 69 50N 133 12W waiting for a fuel barge It is calm with broken clouds a perfect time to go up top to the Crows Nest Above the Bridge stands the highest point on the ship the yellow Crow s Nest Before electronics ship navigation was done by sight One person stayed up in the crow s nest a platform or barrel attached to the main mast to keep watch In rough seas the Crow s Nest moves quite a bit Think of a pendulum the ship is the base and the Crow s Nest is the bob moving back and forth back and forth In rough weather this swing can be Read Journal Expedition Resources Visit with MS science teacher Gerty Ward in the Arctic Article Arctic Article advertising and highlighting the Live from IPY event with Gerty Ward from the CCGC Louis S St Laurent from the Beaufort Sea View Article Ocean Dynamics Beaufort Sea with Gerty Ward Event Arctic This Live from IPY event was with PolarTREC Teacher Gerty Ward and scientists Sarah Zimmerman Rick Krishfield and Brian Hunt who are

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  • Nuvuk Archaeology Studies | PolarTREC
    and the animals have adapted to a challenging ecosystem developing remarkable adaptations Life and death coexist everywhere in the Arctic they seem to be more apparent I Read Journal 15 August 2008 Last Day Shots The day was relatively quiet with the exception of another polar bear being sighted This bear stayed around longer and therefore provided lots of photo opportunities BIG thanks to JR and Isaac for once again keeping up safe and getting some good polar bear pictures Tonight s journal was supposed to focus on a bunch of the scientists specifically Barrow memories Barrow favorites and first things when you get home Unfortunately I washed my spiffy news reporter notebook the only thing left was the metal curly spine Not much help with this journal next topic how about Last Day Read Journal 14 August 2008 One Last Big Effort Archaeologists talk about the 48 Rule This rule states that significant objects or artifacts will be discovered during the last 2 days of the project We were close today significant pieces kept showing up in the burial that I have been working on for the last 3 days Christine and Michael kept things moving along unfortunately Dave had left so he missed all the action today The time constraints kept me from wandering far for photo opportunities The time also kept us out at Nuvuk until 7 30PM by the time everyone was home and gear was put away it was 9PM Another late day So Read Journal 13 August 2008 Just Another Day in Barrow AK Today s journal is the National Geographic version Lots of pictures and captions We were out listening to a speaker discuss underwater archaeology sites in the area as well as remote operated vehicles to search some of them After that Dave s celebratory last dinner at the local sushi and Japanese restaurant He will certainly be missed he has made numerous contributions during his 10 weeks here The Barge Is Here Goods come in but once a year Want a new car Order it and have it shipped up on the barge Washer Same thing Up here new stuff comes in either on a plane or on a boat Read Journal Expedition Resources Cultural Resilience Depends on the Young Students and Time Depth Presentation Workshop Arctic Middle School and Up Download and Share Senior Scientist Anne Jensen gave a presentation about cultural resilience and sustainability at the 2012 Arctic Ocean Ecosystem Workshop in Barrow Alaska Read more about her archaeological work here View Presentation Nuvuk Archaeology with Frank Kelley Barrow AK Event Arctic This Live from IPY was conducted with PolarTREC teacher Frank Kelley and a team of researchers working on the Nuvuk Archaeology Project outside Barrow Alaska The event was held on August 5 2008 and had approximately 100 participants View Event Teacher starts Arctic archaeological odyssey Article Arctic All Ages Download Online version of the Eagle Times news article describing Frank Kelley s PolarTREC expedition in Barrow Alaska

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  • Lake Ecosystems in Antarctica | PolarTREC
    I am still in McMurdo this is not a bad place to be Apparently there is bad weather somewhere because the C 17 that was supposed to land today is not coming due to weather That means I get an extra day in town I walked down to the helo pad to say goodbye to the ENDURANCE team Although it was sad to see them go I am very excited to follow along with the project and know that they will have an amazing time out in the field Everyone but Chris and Shilpa have headed to Lake Bonney Chris and Shilpa have stayed in McMurdo in order to escort the robot out to Lake Read Journal 25 November 2008 Bag Drag Another phenomenal start to the day A live chat held via the Internet with folks all over the country including a place special to my heart Rye Junior High It was wonderful to hear familiar voices and to meet some new folks Thanks to PolarTREC for organizing the event to Dr Peter Doran and Dr Stacy Kim for participating to Cameo for being interested in doing a joint presentation and to all those that tuned in Everyone had great questions we shared many smiles on this end The research being done by Stacy and Peter is incredible ENDURANCE and I are about to Read Journal 24 November 2008 Packing packing packing The theme for the day Packing Everything must be packed up and ready to go to the field The team leaves for the field Wednesday but everything must basically be packed up today so we can organize helo loads We also needed to break down the Bot House tent and flooring system so that it can be sent to the helo pad for shipping The energy and excitement for getting to the field is increasing 514shilpabobpacking JPG Bob and Shilpa check over their packing list 516chrisboxedin JPG Chris says he needs to start thinking outside the box 517coverdown JPG The outer tent cover or Read Journal Expedition Resources Pond Profiles Lesson Antarctic More than a week Middle School and Up Download Share and Remix Overview Students will develop research questions that will help them develop an ecosystem profile species conditions etc of a local pond Their results will be compared with data from the McMurdo Dry Valley Lakes in Antarctica Discussions about climate and energy dynamics will be conducted as conclusions are drawn A map and key for the local pond species locations conditions will be View Lesson Model Making Mania Lesson Antarctic More than a week Middle School and Up Download Share and Remix Overview During this lesson students will learn basic glacial features and how to interpret Topographic maps and satellite images in order to create a model replica of a glacier valley The Dry Valleys of Antarctica have classic glacial features both in the barren valleys and in the remaining glaciers in the area The glaciers are a major contributor to lake levels in

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  • Antarctic Undersea ROV 08 | PolarTREC
    world had still gone on I Read Journal 22 December 2008 There s No Place Like Home I was really lucky because I got a ticket home the next day I had about thirty minutes to pack and the taxi arrived in less than five minutes I flew to Auckland New Zealand and then caught a flight to Los Angeles This trip takes almost thirteen hours and during the first three hours of the flight my DVD player kept stopping The flight attendant tried several things to fix the DVD player but nothing seemed to work Finally she escorted me to a seat that had a working DVD player The seat was in the first class section and it was very nice The seat was much bigger much softer Read Journal 17 December 2008 Good bye Antarctica This morning I woke up at 3 10am and I quickly realized that I had five minutes to get dressed grab my bag and hike up a hill I rushed around and I was only a few minutes late It turned out that a lot of people must have woken up late because less than half of the people were there when I arrived They gave us earplugs and a box breakfast and had us board Ivan the Terra bus One poor lady really overslept and they had to call and wake her The bus drove out to the airfield and we waited for the South African plane to finish getting ready We boarded the plane a little Read Journal 16 December 2008 The Really Big Balloons Today I got to sleep in and boy was it nice Of course I was up by 8 00am and working on the computer Today I was planning to work on the computer do a little last minute shopping at the store and then meet Scott at 1 00pm to take a hike However Scott came over to tell me that his roommate had offered to give us a tour of the LDB or the Long Duration Balloon facility at 2 00pm and we jumped at the chance Scott Seth he is the guy from the USGS that we met on our way to Antarctica and I caught the 2 00pm shuttle to the LDB facility Scott s roommate Chris met us and proceeded Read Journal 15 December 2008 Video SARA Takes a Dip in Antarctica This morning we all came to work at the usual time All except for Scott who was several minutes late The rule is if you are late then you have to wear one of the silly hats Scott thought he was safe because the hats were already packed However Stacy quickly pulled out a hat and placed it on Scott s head As usual he was a really good sport about it and even posed for a picture The cost of being late to work is that you have to wear a silly hat It actually looks good on Scott

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