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  • Seabird Ecology in the Bering Sea | PolarTREC
    strong interest in environmental science and go on to develop final projects about their summer research that are top notch On St Paul Island I had a chance to meet up with students participating in a similar program with a focus on the marine science of the Pribilofs The students ranged in Read Journal 12 August 2009 August 12 2009 Lifers My father kindled my interest in birds when I was a boy He would take my brothers and me up to the local hawk watch site on Hook Mountain in the lower Hudson Valley of New York State We d see red tailed hawks kestrels and lots of turkey vultures passing overhead on their southward migration As I got a bit older I would join him on Christmas Bird Counts hiking up a mountain path in the pre dawn darkness hooting up great horned owls in the pine grove near the top of the hill My Dad is gone now but I know that he d be tickled at the experience that I ve had here on St Paul Island Read Journal 8 August 2009 Death and Life at Zapadni Dip High above the sea on the cliffs at Zapadni Dip or as we call it Zap Dip we get to observe the ebb and flow of life around the edge of the southern Bering Sea Each day that we come out on our watches at the murre colony our job is to record data about the feeding by the parent birds to their hungry offspring As the days have turned into weeks we have seen some of these chicks grow and develop and leave the nest Others are not so fortunate A turn of events that to our eyes seems so random as a squabble by two neighboring birds that results in a chick or an egg getting Read Journal 4 August 2009 Sitting Still Audio Sitting just sitting still in a natural area for an extended period of time offers one a glimpse into the natural world that goes completely unobserved when a person is in motion no matter how fast or how slow you are walking Hunters know this My brother is a hunter and has told me stories of birds even birds of prey landing a short distance from his tree stand in the forest not because he is camouflaged or otherwise hidden but because he is quiet because he remains still I believe that two factors are at work during this type of watching of the natural world I think that when Read Journal Expedition Resources Pribilof Islands with Tom Harten Event Arctic Note Due to technical difficulties there is not a Wimba archive for this event A PDF of the slides and accompanying audio file are available This event with PolarTREC Teacher Tom Harten and the seabird ecology team led by PI Dan Roby covered the research being conducted on Black Legged Kittiwakes and Thick Billed Murres in the Pribilof Islands in the

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  • Alaska Climate Variation 09 | PolarTREC
    Read Journal 17 August 2009 Respectful Responsible Resourceful At James Monroe Elementary we work together to make sure students and staff follow the 3 R s Be respectfull Responsible and Resourceful On this expedition I have seen just how important those qualities are I am here with a team from Northern Arizona University The team leader is Dr Darrell Kaufman a geologist who teaches and does research in paleoclimatology Dr Kaufman is also a respected author of numerous scientific articles Darrell manning the motor as we headed out to remove a sediment trap from Cascade Lake as soon as the rain and wind died down With him for the 5th Read Journal 17 August 2009 Wow Look at the Glaciers I am in my tent wet and bedraggled working on thawing my fingers drying my clothes and writing yet another journal entry It is raining again still I hung my rain suit on a line in my tent while I was working on the computer during a rainstorm at Allison Lake It was a balancing act to keep drips from getting onto my clothes sleeping bag and equipment 40 minutes ago the fog was so thick I could barely see the cook tent 15 meters away Now the fog is gone there is no wind and I am trying not to get sleepy from listening to the rain patter on my tent I am DRY Heidi and Read Journal 17 August 2009 Long Coring We arrived at Allison Lake after a 6 hour drive from Anchorage From Valdez it took 3 float plane trips Cordova Air to get all 5 of us and a lot of gear really heavy gear up to the lake The first job was to set up our tents and then put together our inflatable motor boat and the raft that would be our coring platform These will be indispensable for the tasks we need to accomplish at this location Caleb Megan Heidi and Darrell work on getting the Banana Smoothie ready for working on long cores Next jobs retrieve temperature logger from the ridge at the south end of the lake Read Journal 3 August 2009 Project Background An aerial overview of Southwestern Alaska reveals a concentration of natural lakes For these to exist there need to be depressions in the landscape below the water table that allow ground water to accumulate These topographic lows were created by the scouring action of glaciers which also form moraines that dam the glacial valleys to trap water The attraction of a lake is that it is in the bottom of a drainage basin so it receives water sediments and organic matter carried by precipitation and melting glaciers These reflect the environmental changes within the watershed Scientists use Read Journal Project Information Dates 21 July 2009 to 13 August 2009 Location Southcentral and Southwest Alaska Project Funded Title Coupled Glacial and Lacustrine Evidence for Decadal to millennial scale variability in the climatologic Aleutian Low southern Alaska Meet the

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  • CReSIS Greenland Ice Sheet Studies | PolarTREC
    where the ice is 2 5 km thick The NEEM team spent much of the 2008 research season constructing a camp at the site The majority of the ice core drilling took place during the summers of 2009 2011 during which the camp accommodated about 30 researchers and technicians for 3 4 months Expedition Map Journals 18 June 2009 Back to Work It is back to work for me at the University of Kansas Today 26 students and five chaperones from Eaton Academy Charter School in Eastpointe Michigan visited us at the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets I gave them a brief presentation about our center and the research we do It s 8 00 AM and the students are sleepy I also showed them a few of our Ice Ice Baby activities Since I am just coming off the ice myself I had many cold weather experiences to share with them Glacier goo is a popular activity in Ice Ice Baby The Detroit area students have devoted the past year to Read Journal 7 June 2009 Departing the Ice It s 3 30 PM and we all are waiting for the plane to land The whole camp is out here to help load say goodbye and greet the new team members Seventeen new people arrived in camp and eleven departed Our camp did have 24 members How many does Sarah have to cook for now Answer at the bottom New NEEM team members arrive and others depart There are many sad goodbyes for the friendships made at NEEM Will you be back next year I hear them asking I imagine I will never see this place again When watching the plane land we all witnessed something amazing The plane Read Journal 7 June 2009 Kangerlussuaq Field Trip Lars Berg Larsen the Field operation Manager of NEEM took us on a field trip on our last day in Greenland He said we were going to the ice edge At first we saw so many giant hills of rocks and a lot of boulders Every place you looked was brown all different shades of brown Evidence of glacial rocks were everywhere you looked This was one big boulder left by the glacier Every once in a while there was a small patch of purple flowers peaking out He said the whole area will be purple in a week or so Soon the fields will be covered with these flowers We drove about Read Journal 4 June 2009 Penguin Sighting Why is it odd that camp members kept seeing a penguin in their camp It s on the ice isn t it Oh penguins don t live in the north They live in Antarctica Penguin hangs out with drilling buddies Not much help with clearing the skiway No driving around for fun in camp sorry Waiting to be pulled Needs to hurry in Lou and Sarah like the penguin JP had to constantly answer a lot of questions Hope the

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  • Polar Bear Response to Sea Ice Loss | PolarTREC
    We had traveled so far west that we were nearly back to where we had been several weeks ago The hope was to recapture at least one of the bears from the group to add to their sample size The team suited up one last time for the trip out on the helicopters Hank Merav and John getting Read Journal 29 October 2009 Dinner with the Captain Location Lat 71 16 503 N Long 144 18 779 W Sunrise 10 19 am Sunset 4 25 pm Over the past week several members of the science crew on board have been invited to have dinner with the captain It is quite a honor to be invited to join the captain for dinner Last week the media crew and helicopter crew were also asked to join the captain for dinner The media crew having dinner with Captain Vaughn in his cabin The captain has a private cabin with his own conference table that can be used a dinner table All of the food was the same as we would have eaten in the regular mess Read Journal 28 October 2009 Coring Process Location Lat 71 55 927 N Long 143 40 160 W Sunrise 10 18 am Sunset 4 40 pm I spent the afternoon working with the ice team to help with the coring process As usual we got all of gear on including our survival suits The suits are one complete water tight suit that goes on top of your clothing It has booties for your feet and seals around your wrists and neck to prevent water from seeping in While these are great for keeping us dry they are also very challenging to put on and warm Usually I get really hot just trying to put the suit on before heading out Once we were Read Journal 26 October 2009 One Week Left Location Lat 72 20 033 N Long 145 59 64 W Sunrise 10 08 am Sunset 5 00 pm Today we officially have one week left on board the Polar Sea we disembark on Sunday November 1st and then I make the trek back home to the San Francisco Bay Area I am both excited to return home to my students my husband and my cat but also sad to be leaving this rich experience that I have been able to be part of Unfortunately the weather has not changed enough in order to fly safely so we were grounded yet another day However we remain hopeful for better weather conditions tomorrow We have been Read Journal Expedition Resources International Polar Week Climate Change and Polar Bears with Cristina Galvan Event Arctic This Live from IPY event was part of the International Polar Week in October 2009 The theme of the week was was What happens at the poles affects us all This live event was held with PolarTREC teacher Cristina Galvan and the University of Wyoming polar bear research team on 8 October 2009 They

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  • Antarctic Undersea ROV 09 | PolarTREC
    a bit about the wonderful experience I had last week up in Fairbanks Alaska As a 2009 PolarTREC alumni I was invited to participate in their 2010 Orientation and ShareFair Yes They are grant funded for another four years What a jam packed fun filled inspiring time and hands down the best professional development that I ve ever had the privilege of attending If all professional developments were of this quality OK if MOST were of this caliber well the thought of what that would do to teachers across Read Journal 6 May 2010 Meet Bernie Meet Bernie the Ungulate We spent the better part of almost two hours at The Large Animal Research Station In Fairbanks Alaska to observe and learn about some Arctic ungulates You re probably wondering what I m doing in Fairbanks Alaska touching ungulates huh Well PolarTREC brought me up here to meet and share my PolarTREC experience and infinite wisdom with the 2010 TREC ers I m an OAE don t ya know But if you re wondering if I ll tell you what an ungulate is I m not See if you can figure out which Arctic Read Journal 22 December 2009 Finally Home Hey everyone this is just to let you know that I m home exhausted but home And because I had confirmed reservations I had no problems with flights on the east coast except our flight from Philly was delayed because we didn t have a flight crew and then it took them over 45 minutes to find the co pilot I m not sure how you lose a pilot for that long but Many on both my Charlotte flight and Philly flight had been stuck in the airport since Friday Even US Air flight crews had been stuck and likewise had no clue as to what was happening Apparently US Air s employee care is Read Journal 16 December 2009 It s Over I happened to look at the date yesterday and realized that we are half way through December and on the cusp of a new year And we are officially done here I was able to snag a hike up Observation Hill and then a tour of Discovery Hut Sunday afternoon After a steep climb finally the cross which was constructed as a memorial to Scott and his men They perished during the ill fated Terra Nova expedition to the Pole To strive to seek so find and not to yield These are the words etched upon this cross Whose words are they and why do you think these words were chosen Me Read Journal Expedition Resources Sunday Afternoon Seal Alert Video Antarctic Less than 1 period All Ages Download and Share Michele Cross Antarctic Undersea ROV 09 View Video Stearman Ride Video Antarctic Less than 1 period All Ages Download and Share Michele Cross Antarctic Undersea ROV 09 View Video 2009 Camp Beaker Tour Mini Homes Video Antarctic Less than 1 period All Ages Download and

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  • Microorganisms in Antarctic Glacier Ice | PolarTREC
    to put on all my ECW extreme cold weather gear and hop up on the scale to be weighed with my carry on With all my gear and my carry on I weighed 185 lbs I am hoping that all that weight is from my gear and carry on If not I must have gained a lot of weight here it s all Read Journal 17 November 2009 Almost a Success One of the cool things that you can do while in McMurdo is that you can sign up for Delta trips Deltas are big wheeled buses that are used to transport people across the ice I took one to happy camper school and they are fun because the wheels are huge and you are so far off the ground They are really really slow however and it takes a long time to get anywhere in one The trip that I planned to go on was to a place called Cape Evans and it would take us 6 hours to get there and back The delta was our transportation to Cape Evans Even with its big tires it still got stuck in the Read Journal 16 November 2009 A Success For the past two weeks Amanda and Shawn have been busy in the lab prepping and conducting their experiments and today they would find out if they were successful They left the field a couple of days ahead of us so that they could get a head start on cleaning melting and filtering almost 300lbs of the ice that we collected It was all in an effort to extract the microorganisms out of the ice so that they could isolate the ATP DNA and RNA in their cells Today Amanda would find out if she isolated the RNA and Shawn would find out if he had ATP All of our lab benches were covered in Read Journal 15 November 2009 How Cold Are the Dry Valleys It might look cold but how cold is it After living in the Dry Valleys of Antarctica for more than three weeks I will admit that they are cold but how cold are they We set up a data logger on our front porch to take temperature relative humidity and dew point readings every 6 hours to see how cold it was outside In the following activity students can use our actual data to graph the temperature readings for our first week and our last week to see how the temperatures changed by hour and by day The data logger that I used for this experiment collected temperature relative Read Journal Expedition Resources Who Will Melt First Lesson Antarctic About 1 period Middle School and Up Download and Share Overview Even in Antarctica ice will melt As the sun stays higher and higher in the sky as summer progresses the warm sun causes the ice to melt The questions that we are going to ask are 1 Does clean ice no sediment or dirty

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  • Cresis Aerial Survey of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet | PolarTREC
    on a LC 130 cargo plane to McMurdo Station After dashing around McMurdo for 36 hours turning in gear picking up supplies conducting a live event with you I boarded another cargo plane for New Zealand I got to a hotel in Christchurch after midnight making it early Thursday morning I slept for about 4 hours before it was time to go to the airport to Read Journal 7 January 2010 Reporter Flat Stanley Live from Byrd Surface Camp Hi Trekkers Hello from Byrd Surface Camp on the continent of Antarctica Byrd camp location elevation 5230 feet lat S 80 03 long W 119 61 Can you find Antarctica on a globe or on a map I am traveling with my friend Gary Wesche He is a Polartrec teacher Flat Stanley with Gary Wesche in Antarctica Have you been reading his journals They have great pictures Byrd Camp is located on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet Flat Stanley overlooks Byrd Surface Camp Antarctica has recorded the coldest temperatures on planet Earth All you see in every directions is snow Thanks to Mrs Read Journal 5 January 2010 The Data You have met Chad Brown a member of our team from Polar Grid Data backup man photo of Chad 1 of 6 He along with Keith Lehigh represent Polar Grid and brought to the field the computer processors which enable the team to get a first look at the data to ensure that all the equipment is in perfect working order Keith was here the first part of the expedition and left last week Not one for smiling in front of a camera I did get a grin from him just before he boarded the plan out of Byrd Surface Camp Last day for Keith at Byrd Surface Camp Logan Smith a member of the team from Read Journal 4 January 2010 Flying on Our Plane is more than Peanuts and Pretzels Hello Trekkers You ve helped set up all the radars and you have loaded them into the plane and tested them You re ready to fly in the twin otter airplane over areas of West Antarctica Ice Sheet using flight plans BUT there is more to it than just getting on the plane Let me introduce you to your pilot and co pilot Lexi packs bags into the nose of the plane Lee helping to refuel the twin otter Eagle is in the plane and ready to go Here in Antarctica there are some very specific rules that are followed to ensure safe flying A pilot can work 14 hours per day with 10 of these Read Journal 4 January 2010 Let s Go Fly Our Grid If you did all your planning correctly we are ready to go Now we wait until Lexi determines if the weather in all the locations of our grid fueling caches and at Byrd is going to be weather we can fly in If any one of the locations has or is expecting

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  • IceCube In-Ice Antarctic Telescope | PolarTREC
    for McMurdo carrying people and any waste stuff that needs to be hauled out But it turns out there are a couple of other ways that the South Pole can receive supplies And I was lucky enough to see both of these occur in the same week The most obvious way to get stuff to the Pole would be to transport it by land somehow Every once in a while a convoy of vehicles arrives overland Read Journal 8 December 2009 South Pole Ice Cream take 2 In our previous episode we saw our valiant heroes attempt to make ice cream from a secret recipe using only south pole snow at 28 F to freeze it into a delicious soft serve consistency It took approximately 12 minutes considerably longer than it took in the classroom using regular ice and rock salt What caused this unexpected at least for me result Watch and learn little one watch and learn http www youtube com watch v 1kY062FZodM In the classroom the salt melted the ice into water at about 28 F which was cold enough to transfer the heat out of the cream mix Read Journal 17 December 2009 SPT and BICEP Almost everything down here is known via acronyms abbreviations that sometimes spell out something clever or sometimes just random codes This especially goes for research projects with the exception of IceCube which just means a cube of ice I already wrote a journal about the ARO but today s topic is a pair of similar research projects SPT and BICEP that study the cosmic microwave background radiation This building houses both the South Pole Telescope and the BICEP telescope SPT is the large dish 10 meters across on the left hand side The BICEP detector is much smaller Read Journal Expedition Resources South Pole Ice Cream Lesson Arctic Antarctic About 1 period Elementary and Up Download Share and Remix Overview Before leaving for the South Pole in late 2009 I received many suggestions for things to try down under Liz Ratliff s math classes suggested we try making ice cream So before I left I had my students follow her recipe to make ice cream in our classroom in balmy California After arriving at the pole I was able to gather the required ingredients with some substitutions to try View Lesson Graphing Penny Isotopes Lesson Antarctic Less than a week Elementary and Up Download Share and Remix Overview Students will individually weigh a random sample of pennies The data will be graphed to look for patterns then explanations will be sought to explain these patterns Some of the key ideas are using graphical representations of data to help identify patterns This is a key concept in all sciences including in the IceCube Neutrino Observatory data is graphed to try to identify View Lesson South Pole Station with Casey O Hara and the IceCube Team Event Antarctic This was a real time event with PolarTREC teacher Casey O Hara being broadcast

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