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  • Antarctic Ice Sheet Studies | PolarTREC
    attention and then it was time to head back to school This journal serves to reflect a little bit on the time in Antarctica and hopefully provide a few other avenues for continued outreach should it be of interest The trip as a whole has to rank at the top of a growing list of life experiences It all started in New Zealand and technically still hasn t ended and I loved am loving every second of it I ll provide a few pictures for your viewing Read Journal 27 December 2007 Most Likely the Last Journal from the Ice As my time wraps up here in Antarctica I d like to take a moment to reflect back on all the things that have happened While not much data was collected during my time if you have been reading the journals you ll know that there has been more than enough stuff to write about The people the research project the team the food the facilities and of course the weather All too much about the weather The people have been amazing with so many stories from the ice and from home The research projects they are working on promise to enlighten the way we look at the world around us Read Journal 24 December 2007 Christmas Eve at McMurdo We finally caught a flight to McMurdo from WAIS yesterday afternoon but it wasn t all a simple flight back The plane landed around 11 30am and was bringing fuel and freshies fresh fruits and veggies to the field camp Once the fueling was complete it was time to board the plane I was able to sit in the cockpit for the duration of the flight which was very nice to the take off portion After taxiing to the end of the ski way we got turned about the hit the throttle After attempting to take off twice the pilot set the nose back on the ground and proceeded to turn around and try again The Read Journal Expedition Resources How Much Data is Enough Lesson Arctic Antarctic Less than a week Middle School and Up Download and Share Overview Given sets of graphable data students will show that various viewpoints can be supported depending on how data is presented and interpreted These may or may not be accurate or relevant representations of data results over time This lesson contains basic graphing components interpretation of information and communication to others of findings depicted in graphs Teachers may choose to View Lesson Staying Warm in Antarctica Lesson Arctic Less than a week Elementary and Up Download Share and Remix Overview We all know that Antarctica is a very cold place and the scientists who work there are not the only ones who have to worry about staying warm The animals that live in Antarctica have to protect themselves from the frigid conditions on a year round basis In order to keep heat they produce from escaping into the environment these animals

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  • Oden Antarctic Expedition 07 | PolarTREC
    Captain Mattias on the bridge catwalk January 18 2008 Location Home LAT 29 75 N Long 95 37 W Temp 6 C Wind chill 1 C I am home in Houston having safely arrived this past weekend As I traveled for long hours over the Pacific Ocean and the US I reflected on the incredible experience that I was honored to be a part of It will be some time before I can sort and organize all the Read Journal 8 January 2008 The End of the Day The day began way too early We had a small window of time beginning at 7am for breakfast and souvenir shopping Then a hike for a tour of Scott s Hut at 8am or a tour of the Aquarium how much can we cram into a couple of hours As I was sitting at breakfast with Kelly Faulkner from NSF up walks Kirk Beckendorf PolarTREC teacher studying weather here at McMurdo We talked only briefly as I explained my time crunch but took time for a quick photo Two Texans in Antarctica Kirk and Lollie meet up in McMurdo By 11 30 we headed for the departure site to begin our ride in Ivan When we Read Journal 6 January 2008 So much to do Latitude 77 57 S Longitude 167 40 E Temperature 3 degrees C Wind chill 14 degrees C We were informed on the 6th to be ready to leave the Oden between the 7th and the 8th Everyone went into overdrive There was last minute packing cleaning laundry etc that went on almost until departure time I will try to summarize the events that seemed to overlap the last 24 48 hours The evening of the 5th we had celebrated the end of the expedition with an exquisite meal and lots of reminiscing about the voyage that has carried this group of 50 through the western seas of Antarctica Jacob Read Journal Expedition Resources ASPIRE Teachers and researchers working together to enhance student learning Article Arctic Antarctic About 1 period High school and Up Download and Share Abstract Science Technology Engineering and Math STEM disciplines have become key focus areas in the education community of the United States Newly adopted across the nation Next Generation Science Standards require that educators embrace innovative approaches to teaching Transforming classrooms to actively engage students through a combination of knowledge and practice develops View Article Pumping Carbon Activity Arctic Antarctic Less than 1 period Middle School and Up Download and Share Overview This activity allows students to participate in a physically interactive dramatization of the oceanic biological pump Objective The purpose of this activity is to develop a conceptual understanding of how the biological pump moves carbon through the oceans Preparation Background Information The Carbon cycle is a biochemical cycle that transfers carbon between short and long View Activity The Amazing Antarctic Trek Lesson Antarctic Middle School and Up Download Share and Remix Overview This versatile activity was inspired by my own

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  • South Pole Ozone Changes | PolarTREC
    Last photo at the ceremonial pole Jauary 14 2008 Elke just before the flight at the Ceremonial Pole Read Journal 13 January 2008 Retrospective of the life at the New South Pole Station a photo journal Life at the South Pole Station a retrospective photo journal Temperature 26 C 18 F Windchill 36 5C 34 F Wind 7 knts Weather clear and sunny It is Sunday and brunch is served at 10 am Many people enjoy this day as their day off from work and many activities are planned in the gym soccer volleyball and in the dining hall spelling bee contest I was busy packing my bags mailing the last packages and postcards the post office is open this afternoon because tomorrow Monday January 14th I will be leaving the South Pole before noon I was also looking forward to Read Journal 12 January 2008 The Dedication of the New Elevated South Pole Station Dedicating the New Elevated South Pole Station to the new century Temperature 29 Celsius 18 F Windchill 43 Celsius 44 F Wind in the morning 12 knots Weather Sunny with some high clouds When we got up this morning we found out that the weather allowed for a C17 to leave Christchurch with the NSF delegation on board they were going to switch to a LC 130 in McMurdo and arrive at the South Pole early afternoon The Dedication celebration could proceed as planned At 7 30 am we all gathered to have our group picture taken for Congress as the last historical photo in front Read Journal 11 January 2008 Getting ready for the New Station Dedication Passing of time and Sir Edmund Hillary Passing of time the Dome and Sir Ed Hillary Temperature 32 Celsius 22 4 F Windchill 46 Celsius 47 F Wind in the morning 17 knots Weather Sunny with some high clouds no flights due to a storm in McMurdo We are still hoping that the visitors from NSF will be able to take the plane early tomorrow morning from Christchurch and come to our Dedication celebration It will be a long day for them coming to the South Pole for 5 hours and being here under such extreme conditions However it will be all worth it In the mean time the station has geared up for the big day Read Journal Expedition Resources Ozone Data Comparison over the South Pole Lesson Antarctic More than a week Middle School and Up Download Overview This data plotting lesson compares different stratospheric ozone data collected at the South Pole in September 1969 September 1998 September 2008 January 1999 and January 2008 This ozone comparison activity allows students to make conclusions about the annual and seasonal ozone hole as well as overall ozone concentration changes over Antarctica Students use authentic data View Lesson Temperature Profile above the South Pole Lesson Antarctic Less than a week Middle School and Up Download Overview This data plotting lesson is about temperature changes throughout the atmosphere The

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  • Antarctic Weather Stations | PolarTREC
    MPH Wind Chill 15 F Today s WATIZIT Picture WYIZE Why Is He Hitting The Plane With a Sledge Hammer Our Second and Last Day of Flying at WAIS Divide Camp After breakfast Jim again checks the weather data for our flight to two more weather stations Due to cloudy weather he gives us a 70 chance of being able to land but he says we will try it We haul our gear down to Read Journal 27 January 2008 Get R Done Local Posting Day and Time 1 27 08 10 45 AM Central Standard Posting Day and Time 1 26 08 3 45 PM Theresa s Weather 1 27 08 Temperature 5 F Wind Direction East Wind Speed 22 MPH Wind Chill 15 F Today s WATIZIT WATIZIT WATIZIT Our First Flying Day At WAIS After breakfast Jim the Twin Otter pilot checks the weather ironically partly based on the weather stations that we are going out to repair We load our gear and Jim and Louie get into the cockpit and George and I buckle ourselves into the back of the plane Kirk and Twin Read Journal Expedition Resources Who Is the Best Forecaster Lesson Arctic Antarctic More than a week Middle School and Up Download Share and Remix Overview Students will undertake a long term project to evaluate the effectiveness of different local forecasters match the forecast with the actual weather and analyze which forecaster is best Objective Students will compare the accuracy of different weather forecasts Students will compile and analyze their own data gaining a better understanding of the challenges involved in weather View Lesson Who Are These People Lesson Arctic Antarctic Less than a week All Ages Download Share and Remix Overview This activity is designed to make a connection between a group of scientists and the students Objective Students will learn that scientists are people too Preparation The teacher will need to contact a group of scientists to make sure they would like to participate in the project and to explain to them the goals of the project These goals are to develop a connection between the View Lesson Where is the World s Water Lesson Arctic Antarctic About 1 period Middle School and Up Download Share and Remix Overview Students will calculate and measure out equivalent amounts of water to model the distribution of the world s water supply Objective Students will be able to compare the amounts of water and the states of water in different geographic locations Preparation This activity shows students the relative amount of the Earth s water in different sources glaciers oceans etc Before View Lesson The Mystery of the Destroyed Weather Station Lesson Antarctic Less than a week Middle School and Up Download and Share Overview Students use data and pictures of a destroyed wind sensor to develop a theory of what happened to the station They then develop a plan to make sure the station is not destroyed again Objective Students will be able

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  • Greenland Education Tour 08 | PolarTREC
    interaction between the snow and the atmosphere The team experimented with pieces of ice cores to examine the layers and gasses trapped as bubbles in the ice preserved as atmospheric time capsules representing the year they were trapped They examined snow pits and used instruments that collect environmental measurements year round After their overnight stay at Summit Camp the group returned to Kangerlussuaq where they took a closer look at water run off from the ice sheet and the corresponding stream ecology They wrapped up their tour with discussions of ways all the different projects can inform us about both arctic and global conditions Where Are They The group traveled to Kangerlussuaq on the west coast of Greenland and then to Summit Camp at the peak of the Greenland Ice Sheet atop 3200 m of ice Summit Station is a year round arctic sampling station funded by the National Science Foundation click here to learn more about Summit Station Expedition Map Journals 8 July 2008 First Day at Summit Camp July 8 2008 We got to sleep in this morning we didn t need to be at the plane until 8 30 a m The check in was much simpler show up and get on Still an LC 130 but this time with the skis down to land The landing was better than many commercial flights It was a shorter flight too about 2 hours When you land at Summit even though you want to go go go because there is so much to see and do you have to take it reeeeaaaal easy The altitude is about 3200 m above sea level The first and most important briefing we have is about altitude sickness how to recognize it and how to Read Journal 7 July 2008 the plane the

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  • Ancient Buried Ice in Antarctica | PolarTREC
    10 million year old landscape gives the researchers a glimpse of what the world was like millions of years before the first recorded events in human history Expedition Map Journals 27 July 2009 Reflection Essay When I applied to the PolarTREC program I was asked where I would prefer to go given the options of the Arctic Antarctica or either I checked the Antarctica box only despite the fact that I may have decreased my chances of being selected Antarctica was my preference for many reasons As a teacher I felt that Antarctica represented the last frontier to study the geologic history of the planet because the continent is uninhabited not polluted and restricted to pure research Over the last few years I have noticed that my students were very concerned with global climate change and based Read Journal 17 December 2008 Out of Antarctica The team caught the December 17 2008 flight to Christchurch at 0530 Approximately eight long hours later we arrived in Christchurch claimed our luggage and turned in our Extreme Cold Weather Gear I stayed one night in Christchurch and left for Los Angeles on December 18 2008 I managed to take a few interesting pictures on the flight from Auckland New Zealand to Los Angeles Will Sean look this happy in eight hours Read Journal 15 December 2008 That s a Wrap The 2008 Antarctic drilling season is over for Dr Marchant s team The team spent a total of 35 days in Mullins and Beacon Valley camps and retrieved 72 m of core from 5 drilling sites Sampling locations and cores retrieved Base map provided by J Walker RPSC 29 November 2006 Dave Marchant has taken time from a busy schedule to provide a video recap of the science Before we met Dave Marchant was described to me as a hardcore geologist After meeting and spending time with him in the field I would describe Dave as an old school geologist Old school geologists are all hardcore Read Journal 8 December 2008 The Last Drill Site The team moved to Site 5 on December 8 2008 Site 5 is the location of one of the soil pits dug by Dave Marchant See 22 November 2008 journal entry Dave uncovered a volcanic ash layer directly on top of cobble rich ice the cobbles represent an ancient rock fall onto the glacier accumulation zone The team needs to drill beneath this layer to determine if pristine ice lies beneath it As mentioned previously this will be the hardest drilling challenge of the season Base map provided by J Walker RPSC 29 November 2006 Dave Marchant clears the ash from the ice in preparation for Read Journal 12 December 2008 The Cleanup The entire team is back in McMurdo but there is still more work to be done All of the camp equipment has to be inventoried cleaned separated and returned to the Berg Field Center BFC Team members carefully organized and stored the equipment upon arrival

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  • Erebus Volcano Antarctica | PolarTREC
    come back to school to a warm welcome I cannot thank Mrs Waters enough for taking such good care of everything Coming back to school was wonderful The students learned a lot from the journal entries and the questions they asked While in Christchurch I had the pleasure of spending time with Mr Art Brown the NSF Representative who extended an invitation for dinner along with the former president of Slovakia Rudolf Schuster President Read Journal 8 January 2009 A successful season Our project is in the final stages We have completed the seismic experiment and are now in the process of collecting and packing all of the seismometers for return to New Mexico Tech Two of the largest factors that we were afraid may work against us this season turned out to be non problems The weather was the first concern Last year the group encountered high winds and low temperatures which made the work much harder and it took much longer This year we have enjoyed good weather Even though the average temperature around the hut was 20 degrees C the winds stayed fairly calm Read Journal 31 December 2008 Video Watch a real convecting lava lake Dr Clive Oppenheimer has been sampling the gases from the volcano and among other observations he has been using a thermalimaging camera to collect data on the surface temperatures of the lake itself We have taken some of the images and put them together in a short movie The movie shows images that were taken 10 seconds apart The surface of the lake shows a constant flow of convection with the hotter lighter colored material rising to the top This material then cools and becomes darker in color and then sinks back down in to the lake About half way through the movie there is a de Read Journal 25 December 2008 Merry Christmas from Mt Erebus While we have been working on our seismic experiment we have taken a few hours to explore some of the fantastic landscape and features on the volcano Some of the more interesting and beautiful features that we see from time to time are the ice towers Some towers get very tall Ice towers come in all shapes and sizes The ice towers are beautiful tall structures that are formed over fumaroles These are vents coming from the ground in which heated gases and water vapor are released As the gases escape from the ground and hit the cold air the water vapor cools and freezes around Read Journal 19 December 2008 Mt Erebus and it s lava lake Mt Erebus is unique in being the world s southern most active volcano What also makes this volcano special is the long lived lava lake that has been in the crater ever since people have been looking there and probably much longer The lava lake in Mt Erebus is similar to only two other volcanoes on earth Nyiragongo in the Congo and Erta Ale in Ethiopia

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  • Geologic Climate Research in Siberia | PolarTREC
    very interesting about the Lake E project from day one was the variety of people who were interested in the project This project not only involves but depends on scientists from many different disciplines each contributing to describing the big picture of this special environment Yesterday at the conference several presentations summarized the research that has begun on the core samples We also had presentations about the first science results from the Impact rock research Paleomagnetism Pollen Read Journal 21 May 2010 From the University of Cologne Germany morning of day three Our luggage arrived yesterday so we have clean clothes In the last two days I have seen more bikes and Smart cars than I have seen in a long time Bicycles are common transportation in Cologne Yesterday I spent most of the day at the University Throughout the day scientists with whom I worked at Lake E arrived It was great to see familiar faces and friends from the US Germany Russia Switzerland and Canada It was also rewarding to meet many of the scientists with whom I have communicated but had yet to meet in person In the afternoon I gave a Read Journal 19 May 2010 Historical Cologne Germany We have arrived in Germany Unfortunately our luggage has not Oh well at least this time I am not dependant on lots of heavy clothing for survival Of course with Eyjafallajokull the Icelandic Volcano we almost did not make it As we flew across the English Channel this AM I was able to see a high altitude brown haze on the horizon which according to the London VAAC must have been the ash plum East coast of England with volcanic ash cloud After our arrival we checked into our hotel then walked down to the University of Cologne This was a wonderful time to meet a few new people and Read Journal Expedition Resources Field Hospitality Article Arctic Less than 1 period High school and Up Download and Share This outreach piece in Nature describes the aspects of bringing various guests on field science expeditions The PolarTREC program is a focus amongst the programs providing some best practices as the author offers advice to scientists considering the addition of guests on expeditions View Article Unexpected disoveries at Lake El gygytgyn Russia Article Arctic All Ages n a This article and associated video describe the findings of researchers who undertook core drilling at Lake El gygytgyn a lake that sits today inside a basin formed by a meteorite that struck the earth 3 6 million years ago An associated video allows us to hear the enthusiasm and details as researcher Julie Brigham Grette describes the findings of this remarkable discovery View Article Sunken Treasure Under Lake El gygytgyn Article Arctic All Ages n a This article describes the remarkable efforts of a team of scientists to extract cores from deep under a frozen lake in Siberia Russia PolarTREC teacher Tim Martin joined the project which will provide an

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