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  • Flow Studies on an Antarctic Glacier | PolarTREC
    December 2010 On the way home Some of us are home so of us are on the way home With various weather delays last week our flights to the ice sites at the top of Byrd Glacier above two subglacial lakes were canceled three days in a row And with the overcrowding currently at McMurdo it was decided that half our team would head back to the states while the other half would stay through the weekend and try once more to get out on the Twin Otter Mike Kristin and Brandon began the long northward trek while Peter Leigh and Gordon all stayed behind The plan was to place the three remaining summer ice sites near the Read Journal 25 November 2010 Flights canceled We ve had two more days of canceled flights to complete our work The only remaining units we have left to deploy are two summer ice sites and the end of the glacier on the Ross Ice Shelf and two winter over ice sites in the catchment basin at the top of the glacier above two subglacial lakes Station is quite overcrowded at the moment so three of us are actually headed north this afternoon evening weather permitting The other three will remain in McMurdo in the hopes of finishing our deployment before they begin their trek north next Wednesday All in all this has been a very Read Journal 23 November 2010 Quick update We flew our third and likely final heli day yesterday We installed three winter over ice sites and an additional four summer ice sites That brings our grand total so far to 27 GPS sites We are slated to fly on the Twin Otter this morning to install our final two winter over ice sites on two subglacial lakes on the upper plateau of The Byrd Right now we are holding for weather clearance More pictures posted soon Read Journal 19 November 2010 FLYING We re flying OK not at the moment but we ve been flying the past 2 days I can attempt to describe the process however I think pictures will do the most justice in this case The team headed out to the heli of our first day of flying Nov 18 Photo credit Brandon Gillette We begin our flying days with two helicopters and an hour and thirty minute ride out to the Roadend fuel cache Kristin and I visited nearly a week ago Here we load up as much equipment as can fit into the heli while the pilot and heli tech are refueling Then it s another 15 40 minutes to our landing sites Read Journal Expedition Resources Science Teacher Prepares for Polar Expedition Article Antarctic Middle School and Up Download and Share Article covering Brandon Gillette s PolarTREC expedition View Article Project Information Dates 29 January 2011 to 14 February 2011 Location McMurdo Station Project Funded Title Byrd Glacier Flow Dynamics Meet the Team Teacher Brandon Gillette University of Kansas and the Center

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  • Ice Core Drilling in West Antarctica 2010 | PolarTREC
    Ice Shelf and outlet glaciers that drain into the Amundsen Sea Journals 3 February 2011 Goodbye Antarctica Mystery Photo 11 Solved Did you guess that the image was of the inside of an airplane The airplane or C 17 that takes passengers back from the ice to New Zealand is pretty neat inside All of the vents cables and wires are exposed so you can really see the innards of the airplane It is fascinating to see how many wires it takes to keep a plane operating This is an image of the inside of a C 17 airplane All of these wires vents and cables allow the plane to operate properly It was a sad day as we left Antarctica It is always so surprising when the season so rapidly comes to an end Just a few days Read Journal 2 February 2011 Mystery Photo 11 Time to head North Can you guess what this is a picture of Hint I needed it to get home What is in this picture Read Journal 29 January 2011 Was that a penguin My first Antarctic penguins I arrived in McMurdo after an uneventful cold deck flight from WAIS Divide The last ice collected this season is now in McMurdo safely in the SafeCore refrigeration units It was a magical moment as we broke through the clouds and I saw mountains for the first time in two months Clear skies and breathtaking views of Mt Erebus were a fabulous welcome back To top off the excitement of being back in McMurdo there were Emperor Penguins near the runway I hadn t seen any penguins in Antarctica yet It was a real treat to end the season with some beautiful Read Journal 29 January 2011 What I ll miss about WAIS Divide Many aspects of life change when you move to an ice sheet to camp for over two months Some of these changes like sleeping in a tent outside or working in a freezer at 30 C all day are difficult to adjust to but soon they become normal Being in a relatively small camp with the same 35 people also fosters great friendships As I prepare to leave WAIS Divide I have spent quite a bit of time reflecting on the season and what I ll miss about my life on the ice Here are the top five 1 My ice family The drillers and science crew celebrating the last ice core of the season Francie Read Journal 29 January 2011 I m Leaving on a Cold Deck Today I leave WAIS Divide In a matter of hours I will be on Ross Island at McMurdo Station I am leaving before the rest of the crew as I have been selected to travel with the last pallets of ice cores I will fly on a cold deck where the plane will be cooled to at least 10 C This season we have people monitoring the temperatures during cold decks On today

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  • Seawater Property Changes in the Southern Ocean | PolarTREC
    the strait Sailing on the Strait of Magellan on our way to Punta Arenas Chile The deck filled with people expecting to see Punta Arenas and it soon appeared far away Seagulls welcomed us back to land as we approached our destination We waited for a while for immigration to clear us and found ourselves Read Journal 23 April 2011 Penguins again this time on board Today we will reach Punta Arenas Chile Everybody is extremely excited to be back on land I have mixed feelings since I probably will not go to sea in any other expedition like this one but it has also been a long time away from the family so I am happy to start heading back home I plan to follow the research being done with the data that we gathered or at least part of it I have learned a lot of new things about research in the Polar regions oceanography and myself It has been quite a journey It is time to pack and begin digesting all what has happened I have been finding lately Read Journal 22 April 2011 Crossing ceremony The crossing ceremony finally arrived this morning but I will not be able to tell you much about it because I could not participate on it I suffer of chronic headaches and yesterday s was particularly terrible I was in no shape this morning for the ceremony Too bad since everybody says it was a lot of fun For the ceremony people who crossed the Antarctic Circumpolar Circle are walled polliwogs and those who have crossed it are the red noses I did participate last night on a talent show All polliwogs had to participate Even red noses had some acts It was wonderful The show Read Journal Expedition Resources Overture exhibit highlights Antarctic art from Monona Grove teacher graduates Article Antarctic All Ages Download Share and Remix Over three months in Antarctica PolarTREC teacher Juan Botella took hundreds of pictures a day He will now display many of those photos in an art exhibit entitled ArtArctic Science at the Overture Center in Madison WI The exhibit includes not only Botella s pictures but artwork by four Monona Grove high school students and two recent graduates View Article Mooring recovery Video Antarctic Less than 1 period All Ages Download and Share Mooring recovery from the icebreaker and research vessel NB Palmer during the S4P cruise in the Southern Ocean PolarTREC Project Sea water property changes in the Southern Sea February 20 April 23 2011 View Video Permafrost tunnel and Alaska pipeline Video Antarctic Less than 1 period All Ages Download and Share PolarTREC s visit to the Permafrost Tunnel in Fairbankas Alaska and Alaska Pipeline on February 7 2012 View Video Trip around ChristChurch in February Video Antarctic Less than 1 period All Ages Download and Share A video showing the ride from downtown Christchurch to the Clothing Distribution Center for traveling to Antarctica Mainly to show what is like to

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  • Nitrogen in the Arctic Ocean Ecosystem | PolarTREC
    postdoctoral fellow at the University of Georgia whose research focus is on the utilization of nitrogen by heterotrophic bacteria Karie is the Research Professional who runs the Yager research lab at UGA Both have had amazing experiences in the Polar Regions Tara spent 6 mos wintering Read Journal 28 April 2011 Almost a 19hr Day Silly hat day at ice camp The last two days have been long and cold The sun rose at 5 06 on the 27 and set at 11 44 Several of us armed with cameras set out to capture the sunset over the ocean It s been interesting watching the sun travel around the horizon By mid day it s pretty high in the sky but it stays low on the horizon and even at sunset you just know its peeking over the rim of the horizon Soon it won t set at all Update on the whale watch another was brought ashore today Yesterday Adriane and I were driving through town and we came upon a family that was cutting Read Journal 26 April 2011 A Day of Many Successes Reflections of the day The bright sun was sparkling on the snow and ice as we wound our way through the intruding ridges of the frozen ocean The temperature was 10 F when we set out and the chill in the air was invigorating As we made our bumpy way on the mile and a half trail to ice camp the evidence of heavy ridging surrounded us Snowmobiles between the ridges By all accounts everything went well with the sampling Adriane and I spent most of the time working with the underwater cameras we both brought Several of the UMIAQ team members helped us secure them and Zac sat Read Journal 25 April 2011 Back to Barrow The ArcticNitro Team has reunited in Barrow for spring sampling It doesn t seem possible that it s already been three months since our last trip It was good seeing everyone again both on the science and support team Unfortunately Tish Yager was not able to make the trip up this time However Adriane Colburn a new faculty member in the Art Department at UGA has joined the expedition I m told she s done some very creative work with her field experiences in the Polar Regions and I m looking forward to working with her here We held the first logistics meeting this morning and finalized 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 Arctic SEAsons Lesson Arctic About a week Middle School

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  • Solar Radiation on the Greenland Icesheet 2011 | PolarTREC
    damage to Swiss Camp In fact when they arrived at Swiss Camp this past April it was totally unusable Swiss Camp Collapsed on the Greenland Ice Sheet The platforms that supported the two large red tents had collapsed The kitchen was unusable They had to spend a majority of their time rebuilding the camp New Read Journal 13 August 2012 Bringing It Full Circle It been over a year since I was last in Greenland with Koni and his team but it seems like a decade ago The sights and sounds of traveling to such a remote place have left my mind Occasionally I look back at my pictures and journals to remind me of the incredible experience I had two consecutive summers Big House Summit Station Greeland To continue the PolarTrec experience I decided that it would be beneficial to my students to learn what actually happens to the data once it is collected and transmitted from the AWS sites on the Greenland ice sheet To do this I submitted a Read Journal 13 June 2011 Home sweet home The journey home was a much smoother experience than the journey here No volcanoes no being stranded in two different locations waiting for the ash to clear No it was a very uneventful trip back home The long journey back home started with a 9 30am meeting at the KISS manager s office Robbie Score from Polar Field Services gave us a ride to the Kangerlussuaq airport and a final goodbye Kangerlussuaq Airport Within an hour we were in the air heading to Copenhagen Denmark It was bittersweet looking out the airplane window and seeing the ice sheet for the last time but Read Journal 11 June 2011 Journey to the edge of the ice sheet Last night Koni called the local car rental agency and arranged to have a car delivered to us at 9am we are going to the ice sheet After a quick breakfast we jumped in the red Toyota diesel pickup and started the 1 5 hour drive to the edge of the ice sheet More commonly referred to as the Russell glacier it actually flows from the edge of the Greenland ice sheet Map showing location of Russell Glacier The drive was quite spectacular First we drove past the most northern golf course in the world and then the remnants of a plane crash Site of military plane wreckage Rumor has Read Journal 10 June 2011 Back from the Field The first morning back from the field was nice I didn t have to scramble out of my sleeping bag put on cold clothes unzip my tent and lurch across the seemingly endless snowfield to the Big House Nope today I rolled out bed went to the bathroom shaved and moved at my normal morning pace I went back to my room and gazed out of the window to see what the weather was like It was beautiful I had a view of the river

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  • Biology of Antarctic Fishes | PolarTREC
    the role of microbes in the ocean That s what microbial oceanography is And that is the last project at Palmer Station that I will be reporting on before I reveal our findings on the icefish and thermal tolerance Near last but not least Did you know that there are 1 billion yes billion bacterial cells in a liter of ocean water Do you know how big a billion is Let s get some perspective A billion seconds ago Take a guess That s almost 32 years so like around 1972 A billion hours ago was the Stone Age Get the picture A LOT Here is Dr Matt Cottrell in the lab down in Antarctica Photo courtesy of Lisa Crockett Read Journal 10 June 2011 Cartilaginous is the Word of the Day First my apologies for the sporadic entries the Internet on the high seas is sporadic I mean if you think about it I m lucky to be able to post any thing at all from the middle of the Drake Passage Really have you looked at a map lately Luckily we have had unbelievably smooth sailing across what is considered one of the most turbulent sea ways on the planet Our smooth sailing has a name Drake Lake And while that is great I have to admit I thought it would be kind of cool to see some of those huge swells that I hear so much about But as they say be careful what you wish for it Read Journal 9 June 2011 Gyotaku Pronounced ghee o tah koo Gyo referring to fish taku referring to impressions The art of Japanese fish printing I am told that this art was developed in Japan over 100 years ago to record trophy fish catches Pretty creative if you don t have a camera Gyotaku is yet another skill I have picked up while in Antarctica At least I think I was getting the hang of it There were some fish who didn t survive the transport back to the station from our fishing trips Instead of immediately disposing of them we froze them for an evening of fish printing So instead of serving scientific Read Journal Expedition Resources Antarctic Adaptations Lesson Antarctic About 1 period High school and Up Download Share and Remix Overview This lesson focuses on adaptations as a driving force in evolutionary diversity Adaptations are characteristics within a species that enhance its chances of survival and reproduction Adaptations can be behavioral structural or functional Students must understand that these adaptations are not acquired in the course of the organism s lifetime but are inherited traits that have been View Lesson Just like real scientists high school teacher Paula Dell at the bottom of the world Article Antarctic All Ages Download and Share PolarTREC teacher Paula Dell accompanied researcher Kristin O Brien s team to Palmer Station in Antarctica for two months in 2011 to conduct research on antarctic fishes This article describes their expedition their evolving

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  • Carbon Balance in Warming and Drying Tundra | PolarTREC
    leaving but extremely happy about getting back to my students friends and family Over the week I will be posting journals on a less than daily basis I will not post tomorrow due to the Read Journal 2 June 2011 The Barrow Tour Mr Wood is standing next to the welcome sign for the town of Barrow Alaska Barrow is a pretty unique place It reminds me of a scientific outpost except that it is a town with stores and businesses and one gas station There are people walking and kids playing and lots of trucks doing their jobs I walked around a bit this morning before we began our tour and I saw some neighborhoods that looked different but were really the same as any other Why are the houses built on legs up off the ground I stopped to look at some tundra and found that it looks very different from the tundra Read Journal 1 June 2011 Flying into Barrow After getting up this morning I repacked my bag went for a run and got ready to go to the airport for my flight to Barrow It only takes an hour and fifteen minutes to fly from Fairbanks so it doesn t seem like you re traveling that far But by the time you get off the plane you feel as if you have entered another world From the plane you can begin to see the changes in the landscape as we move further north The landscape is changing the more we travel north The land is still frozen up at this time of year When it melts it will be very wet There is still much ice along the Read Journal 31 May 2011 What s Happening in Fairbanks Dr Natali flew out this morning for a science conference in Seattle Washington She was looking good but a bit over worked after all of this time in the field She was in good spirits and we said goodbye until we meet next school year when she comes to visit Talbert I went for a run and took a shower right after It was nice having running water After the shower and some breakfast I went out to see what I could see There was a fire in the wooden structure next to the PolarTREC building It destroyed the power and communication lines The first place I went was to the PolarTREC Read Journal Expedition Resources How a PolarTREC Teacher Makes a HUGE impact with Polar Day Article Less than 1 period All Ages Download and Share How a PolarTREC Teacher Makes a HUGE impact with Polar Day PolarTREC alumni teacher John Wood organized a Polar Day at his school and it was a great success This event is part of his ongoing commitment to sharing polar science with his students many years after his expedition Here is John s synopsis of the events with some photos and an image from the newspaper We ended up having

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  • Microbial Activity in Thawing Arctic Permafrost | PolarTREC
    and provide day trips inland The Radiance of the Seas was docked in Seward Read Journal 5 August 2011 Alaska SeaLife Center Alaska SeaLife Center Seward Alaska Horned Puffin at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward Alaska My first stop in Seward was the Alaska SeaLife Center A friend used to work at the Center and said it was an amazing place that I needed to visit Luckily I had my college ID and AAA card as they offer a great discounted rate for admission and the behind the scenes tours I booked a behind the scenes tour a puffin experience and a marine mammal experience The first tour I did was the behind the scenes tour I think if you are ever visiting somewhere you need to splurge and go on Read Journal 1 August 2011 Denali Pt 3 Denali Science and Visitor Centers Denali has a great visitor center as well as a science center The science center focuses on research that has been done or is currently being done inside the Park It s a great interactive building with a wolf skeleton videos to watch and bones you can touch I highly recommend a visit to the science center The visitor center is a great place to start your Denali adventure as it describes the history of the park and of the region as well as going into the different biomes environments and the plants and animals you will see in each of the biomes Read Journal 28 July 2011 Denali pt 2 Wilderness Tour While in Denali I decided to take a 6 hour wilderness shuttle bus tour to the Toklat Station over 53 miles into the park The school bus driver acted as our tour guide and was very knowledgeable He informed us the Denali National Park and Preserve consists of over 6 2 million acres larger than the state of Massachusetts The Preserve was originally established to protect the Dall sheep in the early 1900s whose population was being threatened due to hunting and were close to going extinct Me standing in the middle of Denali National Park Absolutely breathtaking Read Journal 26 July 2011 First Adventure in Denali National Park Preserve Denali National Park Preserve Helicopter Tour The other day I flew to Fairbanks rented a car and drove to Denali National Park and Preserve The drive was only about 2 5 hours long and Denali was very easy to find The drive to Denali was beautiful and breathtaking which made it hard to keep my eyes on the road Denali village is a cluster of hotels gift shops and a few restaurants in about a 3 block area The village is open from May until September and shuts down completely during the winter months Nothing is open I checked into my hotel The Crow s Nest and made my Read Journal Expedition Resources Jim Miller and Microbial Activity in Thawing Permafrost Event Arctic Private PolarConnect Event held between PolarTREC Teacher Jim Miller

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