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  • Dissolved Organic Matter in Antarctica | PolarTREC
    the lab hosting my 2nd PolarTREC webinar and participating in Gary Wesche s second one as well as saying see you later to all the wonderful friends I met in McMurdo and dreaming up plans for my first couple weeks back in the real world Yesterday afternoon I left McMurdo on a C 130 military cargo plane along with 87 other people who are either finished with their time on the Ice for the season or are taking a short vacation in New Zealand before heading back to Antarctica to spend the winter Read Journal 6 January 2010 Gourmet Dining in Antarctica I introduced you to one of the buildings in McMurdo Station a couple days ago Building 1 the Crary Lab While there are absolutely important and vital events occurring at Crary every single day there is one building I give higher importance to in this town Building 155 Building 155 is the hub of this community there are living quarters finance housing and recreation offices a computer room with internet access a craft room the store and most importantly the galley The amazing chefs bakers prep cooks dining assistants and supervisors that keep the people of McMurdo happy by Read Journal 5 January 2010 Not counting down yet This is the shortest journal I plan to write aside from the few days when I did not write at all I am nearing the end of this trip to Antarctica and I am pretty busy with all the last minute items on my ever growing To Do list The DOM team arrived at Crary Lab to a completely empty lab space and somehow or other filled up shelves drawers counters fridges and freezers with countless science tools and pieces of equipment By the time we leave the lab must look as it did on our first day here with no sign of the DOM team except the project number on the door There are Read Journal 4 January 2010 Tour of Crary Science and Engineering Center The DOM team is beginning to close up our Antarctic science lab for winter as we get ready to depart this beautiful continent in just four days Heidi and I compiled lists of all the Cotton Glacier and Canada Glacier water samples Heidi Mike and Collin are carefully packaging up samples for shipment back to Montana State and Ohio State Universities for further testing I am making sure all borrowed equipment returns to the correct department around McMurdo science stuff to the Crary Supply Center and camping and field gear to the Berg Field Center It is a bit of a bittersweet time I Read Journal 2 January 2010 Video Ice Stock The stage is built the instruments in tune the speakers wired and the McMurdo crowd is ready to rock Ice Stock The mainstage This is the tenth year of the Ice Stock Music Festival at McMurdo Station Antarctica Groups of talented amateur musicians all around the station form bands or practice

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  • Ice Core Drilling in West Antarctica | PolarTREC
    a rapid sequence of unanticipated flights I am certainly exhausted after the long journey The WAIS camp closed down more quickly than we thought and I left WAIS only to find myself on a plane back to Christchurch less than 12 hours after leaving the field 36 hours after that I collected my luggage in Flagstaff and arrived at home safe and sound I didn t realize how much I missed sunsets the night sky and easy access to fresh vegetables I also love having a warm bed and of course a flush toilet Read Journal 25 January 2010 Jan 25th Last Day of Drilling On January 25th we finished drilling The final depth of the ice collected was 2561 57m We collected over 1 000m of ice this season and are hopefully on track to finish drilling next year Replicate coring will hopefully follow in the 2011 2012 season It is hard to believe that the season is already coming to a close It feels like we just got here and got the operation up and running Now we will spend the next several days cleaning up camp cleaning out the arch and preparing for another great season of drilling next year Most of our crew left camp today They all headed back to Read Journal 3 February 2010 DISC Drill in action Here is a short video that summarizes all of the steps in collecting an ice core using the Deep Ice Sheet Coring DISC drill Thomas Bauska of Oregon State University helped me put together this video Enjoy http www youtube com watch v XYGQETaWLWg Read Journal 20 January 2010 Video WAIS Work Commute We have one of the best and coldest commutes to work out here at WAIS WE often take snow machines to and from the drill arch to camp around meal times and when we are moving lots of people and cargo around This video is a little summary of that work commute on a snow machine It is a short commute only about 1 5 minutes and rarely is there traffic We are usually really bundled up to stay warm and always wear our helmets for safety Many of our snow machines have sleds on the back so we can take 5 7 people to the arch or town at a time We even have a gas station for our snow machines Read Journal 13 January 2010 PolarTREC Unite Mr Wesche came to visit WAIS Divide What a great surprise It is rare to have a friend just hop over for a visit when you are in the deep field in Antarctica Body We had a special guest for the day here at WAIS Divide Mr Wesche a PolarTREC teacher who is at Byrd Camp flew in with his crew to come visit I d like to think he came just to see me but I think the ice cores were more exciting I got to take Mr Wesche around camp and show

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  • High Arctic Change 2010 | PolarTREC
    snow and it snowed on and off all day Al and Steve spent the day reorganizing the equipment for storage at UNIS to be used again next year In the afternoon we attended the presentations of the remaining students The rest of the day we took care of errands and took some last pictures of the town A town with a view A walk through town with the snow covered peaks We had a group photo after the lectures on the stairs at the UNIS facility A group photo at UNIS We had a group meal together of at a restaurant Read Journal 14 August 2010 Back into the lecture hall Our first night back in Longyearbyen proved to be exciting for all We all had meals and beverages of our choice and there was a gathering at UNIS for the students who are starting the new school term In spite of it all six students gave their presentations today They did a very good job and will give this presentation to their advisors at their home institutions Terra presents her reseach Greg presents his thesis work Andrew presents his thesis work Berit presents her thesis work on Karst systems Jeremy presents thesis work on sediment cores Cara Read Journal 13 August 2010 Return to Longyearbyen The seas had calmed down enough for the polarcirkel boats to make it out to Isfjord radio to pick us up The boats are alot like zodiac boats except they have a hard plastic bottom and can fit more people They are small however and ride close to the water so getting wet is expected All of our bags are either waterproof or covered in a plastic bag Polarcirket boat to take us to Longyearbyen Lowering the boat off the dock All hands on deck Helping to put the boat in the water at low tide The boat is almost packed Just a few more people People Read Journal 12 August 2010 High Seas We were about to leave for Longyearbyen today until we were told that our boat which was taking the 2 hours trip out from longyearbyen to Kapp linee had to turn back because of the high seas Of course we were a bit disappointed but another day at Isfjord radio is a very desirable place to be stranded The students spent the day working on the final presentations which they will make to the scientific community at UNIS on Saturday and Sunday All dressed up and nowhere to go Just after we found out our boat was not going to be able to make it due to high seas Wondering Read Journal Project Information Dates 5 July 2010 to 17 August 2010 Location Isfjord Radio Svalbard Archipelago Norway Project Funded Title The Svalbard REU Holocene and Modern Climate Change Research in the High Arctic Meet the Team Teacher Cheryl Forster West High School Salt Lake City UT United States Cheryl Forster teaches Earth Systems and Chemistry at West High School

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  • Early Human Settlement in Arctic Alaska | PolarTREC
    I m home and well rested after the long journey from Alaska I m typing in the kitchen while little baby Holt plays with a rattle in the next room I just finished a bowl of cereal with fresh strawberries yum It s good to be back I haven t had to put on mosquito repellent for 5 days Here s little Holt happy to have Daddy back form Alaska Actually I think mom is even more happy to have some help again What an adventure it was I ve been telling everyone about the helicopter and flight suits the grizzlies moose and musk ox we saw the seal meat we ate with Stanley from Read Journal 2 August 2010 Killing Time in Kotzebue Here I am preparing for the radio interview on KOTZ 720 a m this morning Right before my interview the DJ read the Mini Tundra Telegraph which is local news updates for the 11 nearby Inupiat villages The radio interview went great The first DJ I met this morning Bob wasn t sure what interview I was there for but then another DJ came Johnson and he was game to do it as planned We chatted for more than 30 minutes and went through a nice description of the project Johnson asked a great question He said We ve seen a lot of archaeologists come through but we never see the Read Journal 1 August 2010 They Found a New Fluted Point Great news from the dig site They have found another fluted point base This is not the point the team recently found it s a bifacial tool which was found at the site in previous years I don t have photos of the tool they found so this is a stand in But who knows maybe the same person made both tools Bill called the bunkhouse in Kotzebue to give me the update from camp His voice sounded different over the satellite phone but I could hear the excitement in his voice Apparently Jess found it in the screen and it looks a lot like the one they found last year It s made of gray chert Read Journal Expedition Resources Time Travel in the Alaskan Arctic Web Link Arctic All Ages Travel back in time as scientists and PolarTREC teacher Karl Horeis take you out to their dig sites to uncover hidden clues about early human settlement in arctic Alaska This video is part of a larger story on the Frontier Scientists website http frontierscientists com the University of Alaska Fairbanks portal for sharing the Arctic s newest discoveries View Web Link Wow A Biface Web Link Arctic All Ages Share in the excitement of unearthing a biface and other archaeological treasures as Alaskan researchers explain how they discover and document early human settlement sites across arctic Alaska This video is part of a larger story on the Frontier Scientists website http frontierscientists com the University of Alaska Fairbanks portal for sharing the

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  • Tundra Plants in a Changing Climate | PolarTREC
    in less than a few minutes Coming back to the real world as we jokingly referred to the Lower 48 and home while on the Slope has been quite an experience so far We decided to leave the airport in Anchorage and venture downtown since we had an eight hour layover The city itself was just as beautiful as I had remembered it from my brief visit in July only this time everything seemed so odd and foreign I felt like an alien from another planet It felt strange to walk on paved sidewalks and the cars drove so Read Journal 21 August 2010 All Good Things Must Come to an End In a few short hours I will begin the 25 hour journey home I m leaving the Slope and I m sad I m nervous about what it will feel like to drive 65 miles per gallon and being overwhelmed by the plethora of shopping when I get home The 90 degree weather will probably feel like more than 100 degrees since I ve been hanging in the frigid tundra although it has made it into the 50 s on rare occasions I hope that I can someday return to the Slope and learn more about the science that happens here to share with the world The last two and a half months have been harder than I could have ever Read Journal 19 August 2010 Hot Off the Press the Plant Press That Is Today after we got back from the field I continued the identifaction and pressing process of the plants I plan to take back to school to share with my students I had started this a few days ago and now I wanted to finish up the process It seemed simple enough 1 Lay out plants in plant press 2 Identify plants 3 Create pretty labels 4 Laminate plants Unfortunately I mixed up steps one and two oops It is much more difficult if not impossible to identify a pressed plant I should have identified the plant first and then pressed it so that I could more acutely tell the plants My Read Journal 20 August 2010 Meeting the Whalers So I was asked to talk about ITEX in five high school science classes I was pretty nervous because even though I ve been five for five weeks the longer I m here the more I learn that I don t know But it went well and I think I learned more than the students Barrow High School has over 200 students They are called the whalers BHS is a lot like many other high school across the country There are many sports including football volleyball cheer leading cross country basketball and wresting They have band and drama There are vocational classes like auto shop and carpentry Read Journal 18 August 2010 I m Lichen the Tundra Jeremy and I spent most of the day collecting lichen in the tundra Lichen is quite possibly

    Original URL path: https://www.polartrec.com/expeditions/tundra-plants-in-a-changing-climate (2016-02-14)
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  • Prehistoric Human Response to Climate Change 2010 | PolarTREC
    I took a trip to the Read Journal 5 August 2010 Decompression Well I have been officially been home for 48 hours There are some very nice things about being home seeing my family and friends wearing clean clothes eating fresh vegetables and taking warm showers None of these amenities should be taken for granted and I am enjoying each one thoroughly Now that my camouflage duffel has been delivered I began sorting through my things and washing the contents of the bags With each item that I remove I have a moment of reminiscing Washing the mosquito remains from my tent might sound disgusting but I actually miss crawling into that tent at night Read Journal 3 August 2010 Pip Pip Cheerio I am aboard my final flight from Heathrow Airport in London to Newark New Jersey The last leg of a month long journey to the end of the world is at last underway I have spent the last two days as best I can figure with the 11 time zone changes thus far in airports or airplanes I have had no Internet or phone contact to speak of It has been an interesting series of people and places I began the day at 5 AM yesterday in Katya s flat She was leaving for an early flight and so I went to the airport for about 6 30 AM I sat in the waiting area of Petropovlovsk Kamchatsky Airport Read Journal 30 July 2010 Phase Two The Handoff I found out this morning on my way to the bus station that the man who took me to the hotel last night was in fact not Alexander Tikameerov His name was Victor and I never learned the name of his wife That is something here in Russia that is very different people don t generally introduce themselves or shake hands or have very formal greetings I was happy to meet them all the same and they were most helpful in getting me on my way to Petropovlovsk They got me to the bus and I paid for my baggage and I have an assigned seat Details here are very important I asked Victor to call Read Journal Expedition Resources Prehistoric Human Response to Climate Change with Claude Larson Event Arctic About 1 period This PolarConnect event was conducted with PolarTREC teacher Claude Larson and members of the research team that she worked with on the Prehistoric Human Response to Climate Change 2010 project in Kamchatka Russia View Event Project Information Dates 2 July 2010 to 3 August 2010 Location Kamchatka Peninsula Russia Project Funded Title International Circumpolar Collaborative Archaeological Project ICCAP Meet the Team Teacher Claude Larson Jefferson Township Middle School Oak Ridge NJ United States Claude Larson feels a connection with the natural world and enjoys the rural setting of her home environment of northwestern New Jersey In her sixteenth year of teaching Claude currently teaches 8th grade Physical Science at the Jefferson Township Middle School in

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  • International Continental Shelf Survey | PolarTREC
    Atlantic Drift Warm water from the tropics works its way up the East Coast of the United states before crossing the North Atlantic Ocean heading for Great Britain and Read Journal 30 July 2013 The Ice is Nice IT S BEEN A WHILE I KNOW So what s been going on with me since my incredible 2010 PolarTREC experience Well lots Teaching is as busy and rewarding as always all the better now that I have all of my awesome PolarTREC stuff to enhance my curriculum I got to visit my research team at the USGS Marine Science Lab in Menlo Park CA see the previous 5 journals about that trip and have had the honor of presenting photo tips to the last three PolarTREC teacher cadres I ve given presentations about my experience to various groups and have another chance to spread the word at the Read Journal Expedition Resources Teacher wins national fellowship for Arctic Ocean research Article Arctic All Ages Download Share and Remix PolarTREC teacher Bill Schmoker one of 14 teachers nationwide has been awarded the National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship This article describes his upcoming National Geographic expedition to the Arctic Ocean aboard its research ship Explorer View Article Centennial Middle teacher heads to Arctic for second expedition Article Arctic All Ages Download and Share PolarTREC alumni and science teacher Bill Schmoker is taking his second research trip to the Arctic this summer as one of a handful of educators chosen as a Lindblad Expeditions National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow View Article Bill Schmoker Ice Maker Video Arctic Less than 1 period All Ages Download and Share View Video RHI opps on USCGC Healy Video Arctic Less than 1 period All Ages Download and Share Launch recovery of the RHI rigid hull inflatable boat aboard the USCGC Healy in foggy conditions Filmed in the Canada Basin northern Arctic Ocean during the 2010 International Extended Continental Shelf Survey by PolarTREC teacher Bill Schmoker View Video USCGC Healy entering the ice pack north of Barrow Video Arctic Less than 1 period All Ages Download and Share USCGC Healy entering the ice pack north of Barrow in the Canada Basin Note the paint scraped off on one large piece of ice and the Canadian Coast Guard Cutter Louis S St Laurent following us into the ice Filmed by PolarTREC teacher Bill Schmoker on the 2010 International Extended Continental Shelf Survey View Video Summer Snow Day on the USCGC Healy Video Arctic Less than 1 period All Ages Download and Share Summer Snow Day on the USCGC Healy in the SE Canada Basin Arctic Ocean Filmed on the 2010 International Extended Continental Shelf Survey by PolarTREC teacher Bill Schmoker View Video Ice Buoy Deployment aboard USCGC Healy Video Arctic Less than 1 period All Ages Download and Share Deploying an ice buoy from the USCGC Healy in the Beaufort Sea The buoy drifts with the ice pack and relays its position to a satellite and so can be used

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  • Long-Term Circumpolar Permafrost Monitoring | PolarTREC
    taken leaps and bounds The satellite images that depict the Colville River Delta were not available in his first years or research neither were the DGPS units LIDAR much less cell phones that we used in the field this August On Sunday November 7th I visited Dr Jesse Walker professor emeritus in the Department of Geography and Anthropology at LSU Dr Walker has conducted geomorphology research along the Colville River in Alaska s North Slope for over 50 years His seminal trips to the Arctic took Read Journal 9 October 2010 Fall in NOLA Temperatures are cooling off in New Orleans a sign that the first grading period is drawing near and that it s been over a month since my return from the Arctic It is remarkable how frequently my time in the tundra finds relevant avenues into classroom conversation Inquiries about warm blooded and cold blooded animals lead to discussing how arctic creatures conserve heat A lunch time question regarding fishing in Louisiana grew into an explanation of sustenance hunting on the North Slope More formal lessons incorporating our expedition s content are slated throughout the semester and Read Journal 20 August 2010 Whale of a time I roused my team at 6 00 am for a live chat with my classroom back in New Orleans Ms Sledge my stellar substitute and Mr Inocian my Schwarz tech guru helped square away 2nd period for a phone conversation and PowerPoint presentation with Fritz Dima Kelsey and I I appreciate each of my team members for rising early to share a bit of our research with those back home We managed an encore of the presentation later in the day during which my students were particularly impressed with the price tag of the LIDAR equipment 250 000 and that of a bag of Tostitos here in Barrow Read Journal 21 August 2010 Bye Bye Barrow My final day in Barrow did not see much idle time Fritz and I hit the field early in an effort to install a data logging tripod at our CALM grid Alas we were met by road closures and had to leave the task in the capable hands of BASC staff members for a later date I drove Fritz Dima and Kelsey to the airport where their plane barely beat the fog out of town The three researchers will head to Nome Alaska for a few more days of probing and data logging before returning home After the drop off I returned to yesterday s meat cellar to install the new data logger I was Read Journal 19 August 2010 If you re here you re still nowhere After trudging through tussocks puddles and muck traversing tens of kilometers of tundra and probing hundreds of thaw depths my final CALM grid was visited today As if each grid in Prudhoe Toolik and Barrow served as training today s sampling in Ivotuk proved to be the most backwoods stretch of North Slope yet encountered There are

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