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  • Oden Antarctic Expedition 08 | PolarTREC
    Hut which was built over Read Journal 12 January 2009 Are We There Yet Are We There Yet As much as I have enjoyed every minute of this expedition and I am already starting to miss some of the great people I have become friends with on the Oden the last mile to McMurdo has taken us over 24 hours The Oden has been cutting a channel through 3 meter thick sea ice and it has been slow going We have been able to see the buildings for 2 days and this morning as we prepared to leave by helicopter we are only about 200 meters from the ice pier The decision was made to keep us on the ship until 2pm and skip the helicopter because by then we will be able to walk Read Journal 9 January 2009 Ross Island and McMurdo Sound McMurdo Sound Ice StationAs we approached Ross Island at the far western edge of the Ross Sea Polynya we were greeted by amazing views of the 4 volcanic peaks of Ross Island This was the first real land we had seen in over a month and it marked the beginning of our last week on the Oden After 12 hours of icebreaking we established our last and longest sea ice station where we stayed for over 2 days During that time all of the science teams worked to collect and analyze their last samples It was also my last chance to go out on the ice with the seal research team This time I was Read Journal 3 January 2009 A Great Start to a New Year Note We are running a few days behind with these journals due to communications issues with the Oden Thank you for your patience Oden News Flash Before we get to today s topics I need to make a few announcements Mark Your Calendars and Register for this week s Live From IPY Webinar from the Oden Go to the PolarTREC com homepage and sign up to participate in the one hour live event that will start at 1pm Eastern time this Wednesday January 7th I created a document that helps teachers understand how to prepare their classes for a webinar and it is posted on my Dec 13th journal 2 Read Journal Expedition Resources Liverpool High School teacher Jeff Peneston honored by President Obama at White House Article Antarctic All Ages Download and Share Jeff Peneston Liverpool High School science teacher and PolarTREC 2008 alumnus was introduced as the New York State Teacher of the Year at an event in the White House Rose Garden that was televised nationally on cable TV The article describes the awarding of this honor by President Barack Obama at the White House View Article Identifying Sea Ice Lesson Antarctic About 1 period Middle School and Up Download Share and Remix Overview Students will undertake three different activities to help them identify a variety of Antarctic ice types Objective To provide sensory experiences

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  • Bering Sea Benthic Studies | PolarTREC
    dry land and spending time with family and friends I ve also been hard at work analyzing the data that we collected during this spring trip as well as last years spring trip This project is part of my master s degree at Western Washington University and I m getting very close I hope to being finished with my degree I spent about a month after I got back from our Read Journal 30 April 2008 Nearing the end of our adventure Even with science occurring round the clock on Healy there still has to be time for a little fun Scientists and crew alike have been going a little stir crazy around here due to the fact that up until recently we were in open water for almost a week This means no ice stations and very little chances to be outside This all changed when on Sunday we reached the ice again and Monday we had our first long ice station It was a beautiful day for an ice station the sun was out there was no wind and it was around 30 35 degrees F outside All the scientists set out to work on the ice Read Journal 24 April 2008 In search of the spring bloom and a visit to Zhemchug Canyon Depth 175 meters Temperature 30 degrees F I first want to mention that during our science personnel exchange a journalist scientist joined our crew Her name is Gaelin Rosenwaks and she is on board to help out and learn about what every group is doing on board Healy She is keeping an online blog and will highlight each research group on board Since I am busy sampling and helping our group out I cannot highlight ever other group on board So if you are interested in reading about all the other science that goes on visit Gaelin s page at a href http arctic Read Journal 20 April 2008 Off the coast of St Paul Island Depth Less than 50 metersThis is my first journal entry in about week and I can t say it s because I ve been really busy It s more because there hasn t been a whole lot happening for our group lately In my last journal I mentioned some of the reasons why we might not get good cores well this week we ve been having trouble coring due to sandy sediment Sand is difficult to core and it s also very difficult to process if we get any cores It clogs up the tubes on our radon jars there isn t much water in the sediment and most of the cores we get from a sandy site are very short Read Journal 12 April 2008 A day in the life of a mud core Depth 50 meters Well I will reveal the mystery of the cups as I don t want to keep everyone in suspense TOO long Due to the amount of air in Styrofoam and

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  • Kuril Islands Biocomplexity 08 | PolarTREC
    moved on to their next field season Jody Bre and Andy are now in Sicily And most of us by now should have about recovered from jet lag and the 18 hour time difference First I wanted to apologize to all the Ask the Team askers sorry it took me so long to get to your responses Our final few days in Y S were pretty hectic getting all of our samples ready to ship home And then once we started on our return trip I didn t have the time Read Journal 2 September 2008 Mystery Sound 2 Here is some audio of something we got to see on a recent field trip on our single day off in Yuzhno Sakhalinsk Can you guess what it is I ll give you a hint it is cold and slippery But it might not be what you think it is Mystery Audio http www youtube com watch v 4MBgBgkle3g Mystery Sound Video http www youtube com watch v Y9cZSLNgULU I ll be making a more detailed journal posting tomorrow about the field trip which was very neat and our final days in Y S Which is to say that we have all departed Y S and are on our way HOME with all of our samples Read Journal 26 August 2008 The shock of re adjusting to civilization Since my last posting a few days ago we have successfully and safely returned to solid ground We steamed 670 km 415 miles across the Sea of Okhotsk from our last field site Kompaneskii north Urup Island back to port at Korsakov and then by vehicle s north up the highway to Yuzhno Sakhalinsk We were told to expect 2 5 days for the crossing But for lots of reasons lighter loads of fuel food and water a steady tail wind and the motivation of heading home Iskatel made great time and we were back in Korsakov after about 1 75 days So it was an easy crossing But it wasn t Read Journal 23 August 2008 Off to a bad start for a last hurrah of field work We are steaming across the Sea of Okhotsk under sunny skies making good time with the help of a gentle tail wind This time we are headed west on our return to Korsakov I ll hopefully make a couple more posts from Yuzhno Sakhalinsk But this will be my last posting sent via satellite phone After this I will be able to send postings from the internet café in town Throughout the summer I have talked a lot about how we find sites how we decide where to dig and what we do when we make that decision Well lest you think that we always know exactly what we re doing I think I should Read Journal Project Information Dates 9 July 2008 to 1 September 2008 Location Kuril Islands Russia Project Funded Title Biocomplexity and Human Environment Interactions in the Kuril Islands Russia

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  • Drake Passage Opening | PolarTREC
    Sea I started my day a little later than most because I slept until 11 30 a m I was in bed for close to 11 hours but that is good because for the past couple of nights I had only gotten maybe a total of 5 hours of sleep The boat was swaying more than normal due to higher waves which had made sleeping more difficult Although we have had unusually excellent weather and seas and the Palmer is very steady so I am grateful At 1 00 in the afternoon we had our final fire safety drill So for the last time I took my lifejacket and immersion suit to the conference room on the 03 deck for Read Journal 23 May 2008 Engine Room Tour Today we had an opportunity to take a tour of the engine room The tour was led by 3 of the 4 engineers Dave chief engineer Richard 2nd assistant engineer and Jerry 3rd assistant engineer The engine room is located in the very bottom of the ship We were first taken down the stairs and into their office where we had a quick overview of the equipment and safety Then we all put on protective headphones and headed into the very loud and colorful engine room Check out all of these cool photos of the different equipment Engines Gauges More Gauges and Pipes Richard shared Read Journal 22 May 2008 Live Event The webinar was a great success I really enjoyed presenting my experiences to many students all over the US The scientists were also very impressed with the level of questions that were asked by the students I hope that everyone that participated enjoyed it as much as we did here on the ship I must express my gratitude I want to thank everyone onboard the NBPalmer for a great experience Especially all of the geo team Ian Larry Julian Peter Marcy Alan Matt Kevin and Lauren for allowing me on this awesome learning experience making me feel welcome and for sharing their Read Journal Expedition Resources Drake Passage Opening with Katie Pena Event Antarctic The Live from IPY event was held on May 5 2008 with Katie Pena and the research team on the Nathanial B Palmer Icebreaker in the Drake Passage between Chile and Antarctica About 160 students and adults participated from about 8 different groups View Event Project Information Dates 12 April 2008 to 27 May 2008 Location Drake Passage Project Funded Title Central Scotia Seafloor and the Drake Passage Deep Ocean Current Gateway Meet the Team Teacher Katie Pena Zilker Elementary School Austin TX United States Katie Peña currently teaches at Zilker Elementary School in Austin Texas This is her 4th year of teaching at the school where she has taught both the 4th and 5th grades A graduate from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor in Science in Applied Learning and Development Katie has always known she wanted to be a teacher As

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  • Alaska Climate Variation | PolarTREC
    uncontrollable weather and other demanding environmental conditions Problem solving is a way of life for the team and critical thinking and training in a variety of science and Read Journal 15 August 2007 My journey south to Kingsburg Caleb Eric and I pose for a team picture at 6 am on the way to the airport No official weather report today although it rained on the way to the airport and we passed a building that listed the temperature as 67 F Caleb Eric Robin and I left for the airport at 6 30 am We said our goodbyes for now and they headed down the road while Robin and I headed into the Anchorage airport Our flight was on time I purchased a few books about Alaska for my collection and Robin and I said goodbye to Alaska We were going home Al met Robin and me at the Fresno airport at 5 30 pm and Read Journal 14 August 2007 Last day in the field Peggy s Weather Report from Mica Lake Time 11 15 am Temperature 19 7 C 67 4 F Humidity 70 7 Wind none Clouds Nimbostratus raining Cloud Cover 100 overcast Light level 1480 X 10 Lux Woke up and felt great I slept well and didn t have the sore throat and had my energy back We had our last breakfast in the kitchen tent and discussed our plan for the day The weather was sunny a great day Caleb called via sat phone to be sure Trail Ridge Air was coming to pick us up They were coming at 3 pm So we Read Journal 13 August 2007 Sore throat and a little under the weather today Peggy s Weather Report from Mica Lake Time 10 16 am Temperature 23 1 C 73 7 F Humidity 55 Wind none Clouds none Cloud Cover none Light level off scale Peggy s Weather Report from Mica Lake Time 3 30 pm Temperature 26 7 C 80 F Humidity 50 Wind 5 km hr from West Read Journal 12 August 2007 A different kind of lake Mica Peggy s Weather Report from Mica Lake Time 4 45 pm Temperature 26 7 C 80 0 F Humidity 45 0 Wind area blocked from wind Clouds Altostratus Cloud Cover 100 overcast Light level off scale GPS Mica Lake Latitude 60 68268 N Longitude 148 14483 W Elevation 95 m Water conditions of Mica Lake pH 6 19 Temperature 15 9 C Conductivity 3 Read Journal Expedition Resources Alaska Climate Variation Peggy Foletta Event Arctic Presentation to the GLOBE Annual Conference in San Antonio Texas Approximately 300 participants from 14 different countries View Event Project Information Dates 27 July 2007 to 16 August 2007 Location Kenai Peninsula Alaska Project Funded Title Long term Climate Variation in Southcentral Alaska Meet the Team Teacher Peggy Foletta Kingsburg High School Kingsburg CA United States Teacher Peggy Foletta is the science department chair at Kingsburg High School in Kingsburg California Ms Foletta

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  • SIMBA Antarctic Sea Ice | PolarTREC
    many talented and hard working people come together in spite of great adversity to achieve so many Read Journal 29 October 2007 Frozen adventures of a different kind Location From the Drake Passage into the Strait of Magellan Latitude 53 33 S Longitude 72 28 W Air temperature 4 5 C 40 1 F Wind chill 7 7 C 18 4 F Wind speed 15 to 20 knots Barometric pressure 1004 6 mBar Antarctic trivia answer at the end of this journal entry Many nations conduct research in Antarctica and have permanent research facilities there Which of these facilities is the largest What do milk sugar almonds chocolate coffee and excess liquid nitrogen have in common Mixed together they make great ice cream Apparently somewhat of a tradition on Read Journal 26 October 2007 Is land ahead Location From Peter I Island to the Drake Passage Latitude 60 20 S Longitude 82 30 W Air temperature 1 7 C 35 1 F Wind chill 13 7 C 7 3 F Wind speed 25 to 30 knots Water temperature 3 7 C 38 7 F Barometric pressure 985 6 mBar Antarctic trivia answer at the end of this journal entry 90 of the world s ice is found in Antarctica What portion of Earth s fresh water does this represent In a polynya an area of open water surrounded by ice near Peter I Island Our planned route home from Ice Station Belgica included a stop at Peter I Island Read Journal 24 October 2007 Au revoir Ice Station Belgica Location In transit from Ice Station Belgica to Peter I Island Latitude 69 08 S Longitude 91 18 W Air temperature 10 8 C 12 6 F Wind chill 29 7 C 21 5 F Wind speed 18 to 22 knots Barometric pressure 981 5 mBar Antarctic trivia answer at the end of this journal entry Leopard seals named for the spots on their bellies are a dominant predator in the Antarctic Do they have any natural enemies Wednesday morning we said farewell and adieu to Ice Station Belgica our home for the past 28 days Mixed emotions are the rule we are happy to be headed home Read Journal 22 October 2007 Last Days at Belgica Location Ice Station Belgica Latitude 70 03 S Longitude 93 59 W Air temperature 9 4 C 15 1 F Wind chill 24 1 C 11 4 F Wind speed 13 15 knots Barometric pressure 964 3 mBar Antarctic trivia answer at the end of this journal entry Ice fish a unique group of Antarctic fish have an interesting physiological adaptation What is it Our last two days at Ice Station Belgica were a whirlwind of activity as everyone wrapped up work and prepared for transit The geophysics group finished final surveys of our three study areas while the Belgian Canadian group finished Read Journal Expedition Resources Frozen fish Unique adaptations of Antarctic fish Lesson Antarctic About 1 period High school and Up Download

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  • Antarctic Undersea ROV | PolarTREC
    memories and photos and new friends and many learnings to share from this amazing experience Remember how I got to skip Monday October 1st when I crossed the International Date Line Well today I got Saturday November 17th twice I started the day with an early morning walk in the Christchurch Botanic Garden Read Journal 16 November 2007 My Last Day in Antarctica Under its worst conditions this earth is a good place to live in This quote by Henry Robertson Birdie Bowers exemplifies the positive attitude of many polar explorers Bowers was one of the five men on Scott s ill fated return from the South Pole and perished with the others Scott in his diary said of Bowers As the troubles have thickened about us his dauntless spirit ever shone brighter and he has remained cheerful hopeful and indomitable to the end In my six weeks in Antarctica I have seen many people exhibit positive attitudes and great Read Journal 15 November 2007 Passing on knowledge Ross Island is not a place for a settlement it is a place for an elaborately equipped scientific station A prescient statement by Apsley Cherry Garrard when you consider all the science that is being done at McMurdo Station almost 100 years later McMurdo may not be elaborately equipped but it has amazing people that can get great work done Sherri Fabre is the carpenter that built special boxes for the trailer we pull behind the Tucker She did beautiful work Sherri built specially made boxes that fit on our trailer Today is the last day Marcus and I Read Journal Expedition Resources Antarctic Undersea Foodweb Lesson Antarctic Less than a week Middle School and Up Download Share and Remix Overview Using photos from a variety of websites including the PolarTREC and SCINI websites students will identify organisms to phylum and or class level e g polychaetes starfish brittle stars sponges and then research the primary foods that these organisms eat They will then develop a simple food web for these organisms Objective Students will identify eight to ten Antarctic View Lesson Antarctic Undersea ROV with Cameo Slaybaugh Event Antarctic This Live from IPY Event was held with PolarTREC Teacher Cameo Slaybaugh and her project PI Stacy Kim who are members of the Antarctic Undersea ROV 08 PolarTREC expedition The team talked about the underwater ROV SCINI and the research they are conducting in the waters surrounding Ross Island Antarctica View Event Polar Explorer Activity Activity Arctic About 1 period Middle School and Up Download and Share Overview Few people are familiar with the fascinating stories that Arctic and Antarctic explorers have to share Students will research an explorer and create a dangling string with key information and highlights from the expedition s of that explorer Objective To learn about polar explorers and polar expeditions Preparation Gather needed materials Have the explorers information and View Activity Science in Antarctica Lesson Antarctic Less than a week Middle School and Up Download Share and

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  • Human Impacts in Antarctica | PolarTREC
    prevailing low pressure system A Day at the Beach On Monday we were finally able to fly out to Cape Bird Cape Bird is on the edge of where the sea ice is breaking up The beach area is a perfect nesting place for the Adelie penguin We flew out to the cape in a helicopter my first time in a helo The flight was relatively short about 45 minutes each way just Read Journal 10 December 2007 Seal watching December 10 2007 Monday McMurdo Station Antarctica 2 00pm High 32F wind chill 21F Low 18F wind chill 7F Winds S8 12 knts Station Pressure 28 7800 Present Conditions Partly cloudy mild temperatures prevailing low pressure system Saturday we were supposed to fly out to Cape Bird to take a control set of soil samples and as a side benefit see the penguin rookeries However for a second time we were cancelled because of clouds hanging between an area known as the saddle the pass between Mt Erebus and Mt Terror Apparently NSF does not allow the helicopters to fly Read Journal 7 December 2007 McMurdo December 7 2007 Friday McMurdo Station Antarctica Special Edition to the Daily Journal Meet the Station Doctor This morning was the IPY broadcast and we were delayed from yesterday due to weather from going to Cape Evans We have one last set of sediment samples to take but the penguins are the primary attraction So today is the perfect chance to introduce you to the Chief Docter at McMurdo Station Dr Harry Owens Dr Harry Owens The story of Dr Owen s Dr Owen s says he is based out of Oregon but that is just another place on the adventures of a Read Journal Expedition Resources Five Themes of the Geography of Antarctica Lesson Antarctic n a Middle School and Up Download Share and Remix Overview We go places but what do we do with the billions of snippets of information we absorb How do we process the information so that it means something to us when we can no longer be there As a geographer my objective was to be able to observe participate and categorize the billions of pieces of visual information of my adventure which defined my time in Antarctica Objective View Lesson Biodiversity of the Antarctic Region Is it a Losing Battle Lesson Antarctic n a High school and Up Download Share and Remix Overview Case studies provide a brief overview or examination of events that impact or alter the way people function and live day to day within the human and physical environment They help by providing students with real world examples that relate to the theoretical content they are studying Objective Students will prepare a case study illustrating the impact of invasive species in the View Lesson Bellaire Teacher to Join Texas A and M Research Team in Antarctica Article Antarctic All Ages Download and Share Article covering Ann Linsley s PolarTREC expedition View Article Human Impacts

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