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  • Atmospheric Conditions and Arctic Climate | PolarTREC
    the glacier When you see it from this perspective you really can appreciate why a glacier is called a slow moving river of snow and ice Ground Level View of the Edge of the Glacier Photo by Read Journal 22 July 2011 Our Last Full Day On the Ice Some of My Favorite Pictures That Didn t Make It Into My Journals In today s journal entry I wanted to share some of my favorite photos that didn t make it in my other journal entries Did you know that scientists from other countries help each other out and share knowledge Here is a picture of the flags of Greenland the United States and Denmark Flags Over Summit Station Flags Flying Over Summit Station Summit Station is a camp run be the United States The flags of Greenland and Denmark are also flying Did you know that Greenland is a part of the country of Denmark But Denmark has allowed the people of Greenland to make their own rules Read Journal 23 July 2011 We Are Off The Ice It was sad to leave all the friends we made at Summit Station but I am looking forward to heading home Brandon Strellis Kevin McMahon and Hannah James Photo by Lance Roth Hannah James Climbing Aboard the LC 130 Our first leg of our journey was to return to Kangerlussuaq The plane was able to land at Summit on time and we had a smooth takeoff at Summit and a smooth landing on a real runway in Kangerlussuaq We were excited to be back in Kangerlussauq It was a nice change of pace to see different colors besides blue and white The landscape of Kangerlussauq Photo by Brandon Read Journal 21 July 2011 Ozonesonde Soars 20 Miles Above the Greenland Ice Sheet Once a week the science technicians launch an ozone sensor attached to a helium balloon to measure the amount of ozone in the air This sensor is called an ozonesonde This week our ozone sensor went up 20 miles or 33 kilometers into the atmosphere before it popped All along the way it was taking important measurements of ozone Filling the Balloon with Helium is Only the First Step Do you know what ozone is It is a natural gas that is found in our atmosphere It can be good or bad depending on where it is found Ozone that is near the ground is not good for people because Read Journal 20 July 2011 Lots of Snow Makes Packing Difficult PolarCONNECT was the highlight of the day Wow I am worn out We did a lot of packing today Much of the time we were outside digging up instruments out of the snow or putting our snow samples into ice core boxes to keep them very cold The rest of the time we were inside with the heater cranked up so that we could remove all the snow and ice from the inside of the crates for the

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  • Early Human Settlement in Arctic Alaska 2011 | PolarTREC
    still be a long way from home it is also feels a long way from our camp at Raven Bluff The day began as many of ours have over the past two weeks with the not so gentle pitter patter of rain on my tent around 5am When I heard that sound I was glad we had spent the time last night cleaning and packing all the archaeological equipment Now all I had to Read Journal 7 August 2011 Whoa There s a Honkin Big Bone in Here Just another rainy windy cold day in paradise here at Raven Bluff The mosquitoes have apparently given up completely Would I rather have sunshine and mosquitoes or cold wind and rain without mosquitoes As I contemplated the answer to this question I filled and carried buckets of dirt as we started to backfill the site to end the season s excavation work All that rain makes for a nice green backdrop to our work While I started to backfill at one end of the site Joe and Tim were finishing work on two of the sections Jeff and Steve had been working to finish the section Read Journal 6 August 2011 Working the Night Shift As I write this journal the rest of the crew is up at the site working It s almost 10pm but they headed up after dinner Why this frenzy of activity Well time is running out on our expedition Tomorrow is the last day for fieldwork and there s a lot to get done The day started off with the usual downpour In fact it started raining last night around 9 30 and rained steadily until almost 2 pm When the rain clouds lifted there was even a dusting of snow on the Delong Mountains to the east of us Today s rain was accompanied by cold strong winds with a windchill in the 30s Read Journal 5 August 2011 Archaeology is Like a Box of Chocolates Archaeology is like a box of chocolates according to BLM archaeologist Bill Hedman Today we went out sampling that box to see just what kinds of chocolates we had in our big backyard Helicopter pilot Stan Hermens provided the transport for an excellent day of archaeological exploration We flew north and west along the Kukpuk River and some of its tributaries then to the coast and the Chukchi Sea between Cape Thompson and Cape Hope From there we headed south following the coast towards Kivalina and then back east towards camp By the end of the day we had investigated 4 sites and Read Journal Project Information Dates 24 July 2011 to 11 August 2011 Location Raven Bluff Site near Kivalina Alaska Project Funded Title Paleoindian Adaptations in Eastern Beringia Prelude or Postscript to the Early Settlement of the Americas Meet the Team Teacher Susy Ellison Yampah Mountain High School Carbondale CO United States Susy Ellison has taught science at the small public alternative Yampah Mountain High School in Glenwood

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  • Space Weather Monitoring on the Antarctic Plateau | PolarTREC
    Fairbanks Alaska We have been experiencing some pretty cold temperatures in New York this winter but as I stepped outside the airport and felt my nose sting with 20 below air temperatures I knew I had made it to the right place I got into a taxi and drove down icy streets to my hotel Looking out the window I was amazed to be here Let the adventure begin The view of Fairbanks Alaska from my hotel window Going Through Phases in Alaska When Read Journal 80 4 March 2012 Back to Reality Jumping into Teaching I finally arrived back to Austin on the evening of January 6th After a lovely weekend with my fiance I returned to the classroom eager to see my students and colleagues again I shared my stories and adventures with my students although they were already familiar with them thanks to the online journals they read and our skype sessions Michelle returns to teaching in Austin and spends weekends grading papers instead of exploring Antarctica Notice her Antarctica themed t shirt Using Antarctica in my lessons When I returned to teach we had just started a unit Read Journal 8 January 2012 Back to Reality A day in Akaroa I spent my last day in New Zealand in a town called Akaroa a small town that sits along a bay inside an eroded crater of an ancient volcano Natives to New Zealand called Maori named the town Akaroa which means long harbor This is because it sits along a long waterfront The 84 kilometer drive to Akaroa was beautiful I spent hours hiking through lush forests visiting old cemeteries and sitting at the harbor watching black swans geese and other birds find food in the water Michelle stands at the top of the volcanoes overlooking the harbor of Akaroa Michelle Read Journal 5 January 2012 In New Zealand Heading Home Last moments on the ice This morning at 3 00 a m I watched the C 17 cargo jet land on the sea ice on the outskirts of McMurdo Station The sun was hidden behind mountains and I tried to take in my last moments on the ice After passengers arriving to McMurdo boarded the Terra Bus and cargo was unloaded we boarded the plane and found seats along the walls of the plane Cargo gets loaded into the rear of the C 17 Photo courtesy of Mr Johnson A picture of the C 17 that took us back to New Zealand Photo courtesy of Mr Johnson Passengers board the C 17 on their way back to New Read Journal 4 January 2012 The New Geographic South Pole Travel update TBD are the words I keep seeing on the television screens next to my scheduled flight to ChristChurch To Be Determined The snow has stopped but thick clouds still cover Ross Island Thankfully my time at the South Pole has taught me patience When people ask me if I m flying to New Zealand tonight

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  • Siberian Arctic Systems Study | PolarTREC
    science staff of the Northeast Science Read Journal 23 July 2012 Parting Shots A Cold Windy Snowy Day On our last full day so the schedule would have us believe at the Northeast Science Station I am reminded of our first full day here It s the weather It snowed on us then and it snowed on us again today Actually yesterday reminded me again of Colorado a beautiful summer morning followed by thunder wind and snow in the evening as a front blew in Today we can no longer see the mountain tops just a few miles away Since our travel is weather dependent to some degree we will see how this pans out by tomorrow afternoon The Storm Blows In During the last student presentations Read Journal 22 July 2012 Polaris Project Student Research Eric Taber Colgate College and Sam Berman Clark University To me as a teacher one of the most rewarding aspects of the Polaris Program is watching mentoring relationships develop between students and researchers from the same university Taking education out of the confines of the university and into the field raises the level of thinking and problem solving beyond what can be accomplished in traditional settings The empowerment and inspiration that students receive from working with these remarkably high caliber and caring professional researchers as undergraduates will change the way students will view their education and their career Read Journal 22 July 2012 Last Minute Tree Sampling Over the last two days many of us accompanied the researchers out to collect any nonpermanent sampling equipment place long term equipment to gather data over the next year until the Polaris Project returns and take any final samples Learning to take Trees Cores Last evening and this morning as well as many students were working to get their presentations together I had the opportunity to go to the field and take tree cores something I had never done Tree cores can be used to age a stand of trees to determine when the last disturbance to the areas occurred or the wood from the Read Journal Expedition Resources How Cold is Freezing Lesson Arctic Antarctic About 1 period High school and Up Download Share and Remix Overview How can the ocean be colder than 0 degrees C the temperature at which water freezes As it turns out the concentration of the particles in this case the ions from the salt in ocean water lowers the temperature at which the saltwater will freeze Students will learn how ocean water freezes at a lower temperature than freshwater by conducting an experiment to determine the View Lesson Polaris Project Session Five Public Presentation Event Arctic About 1 period This is a one hour webinar is part of the Polaris Project 2012 conducted by Max Holmes and John Schade In this session Andy Bunn professor at Western Washington University presents a lecture on the history and science of climate change View Event Polaris Project Session Four Event Arctic Less than

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  • Microbial Activity in Thawing Arctic Permafrost 2012 | PolarTREC
    of physics were harmed in the filming of this production The tube is a vacuum not the kind that you clean your carpet with A vacuum is a space completely empty of Read Journal 27 July 2012 Jumbo Shrimp and Other Things That Don t Make Sense This complete set can be yours if the price is right And yes that is a car battery in the tundra Let s think about the phrase jumbo shrimp How can something be jumbo which means insanely large and shrimpy which means super small at exactly the same time I always thought that never made sense One thumbs up for man one giant framepack for mankind Kim is suited up with a greenhouse gas analyzer machine AC adapter and a CAR BATTERY Another thing that doesn t make sense is calling something ultra portable that clearly weighs 30 pounds and feels even heavier the Read Journal 26 July 2012 Walk Softly and Carry a Big Needle Don t worry this won t hurt a bit There are small needles for sewing a button back on a shirt medium sized needles for cross stitching but perhaps the biggest needles of all are for science Yes science All dressed up lots of places to go After much calculation and checking and rechecking of her math work and even a few phone calls to the lower 48 states Kim was ready to whip up the two different solutions of electron acceptors needed for treating her soil chambers Kim introduces the variable the electron acceptor solution to the experimental group via a large gauge Read Journal 21 July 2012 Top of the World Midnight Marathon We re not professional athletes we just look like ones This is Kim and me with our game faces on before the race Last night Kim and I were inaugural athletes in the first ever Top of the World Midnight Marathon Barrow does have a race as part of their Independence Day activities but this event was sponsored by Runner s World and had water stations medical support and police presence to protect the wildlife from runners and probably vice versa And since Barrow has 24 hour sunlight why not race at midnight Watch out London Olympics 2012 We re fierce with fellow runner Karl Read Journal Expedition Resources Middle school teacher brings arctic research to the classroom Article Arctic All Ages n a Mount St Mary s College in Los Angeles profiles one of its alumni teacher Cristina Solis who also happens to be a PolarTREC alumnus Read about her journey to become an educator and her participation in a PolarTREC study of microbial activity in thawing arctic permafrost near Barrow Alaska View Article Soil Study Lesson Arctic Less than a week Middle School and Up Download and Share Overview Students will conduct a soil study by investigating pH and water absorption Objectives Students will learn How to describe the composition of soil and explain how it forms That soil is

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  • Oceanographic Conditions of Bowhead Whale Habitat | PolarTREC
    the icebreaker U S C G C Healy and are now following her onboard the R V Anika Marie with Captain Bill Kopplin where she and her team members will continue their Barrow based research studying the oceanographic conditions of the bowhead whale habitat Journal Entry Bringing the float for the mooring out to the Annika Marie Although the Read Journal 18 August 2013 Back in Barrow Join the Polar research team as we use technology to join Dr Carin Ashjian this summer as she continues her research in the Arctic I will be posting Dr Ashjians journal details of this summer s research expeditions We first caught up with her onboard the icebreaker U S C G C Healy and are now following her onboard the R V Anika Marie with Captain Bill Kopplin where she and her team members will continue their Barrow based research studying the oceanographic conditions of the bowhead whale habitat Journal Entry After a busy few days we are settled back in Barrow AK We disembarked Read Journal 14 August 2013 When one adventure ends a new one begins Join the Polar research team as we use technology to join Dr Carin Ashjian this summer as she continues her research in the Arctic I will be posting Dr Ashjians journal details of this summer s research expeditions We first catch up with her onboard the icebreaker U S C G C Healy and then will follow her onboard the R V Anika Marie where she and her team members will continue their Barrow based research studying the oceanographic conditions of the bowhead whale habitat Journal Entry It s the night before we leave The last two days have been a frenzy of activity Most people stopped Read Journal Expedition Resources Life Size Models of Bowhead Whales Lesson Arctic More than a week Middle School and Up Download Share and Remix Overview Students create a life size model of a bowhead whale based on information they have collected Objective Students will be able to organize specific technical information from a variety of resources to develop a blue print or pattern to create a life size model of a bowhead whale Procedure Introduction to project student research on whale characteristics from provided sources View Lesson Scientific Poster Puzzle Dissection Bowhead Whale Activity Arctic Less than 1 period Middle School and Up Download Share and Remix Overview Students complete a physical puzzle based on a scientific poster about Bowhead Whales Students then research the content of the poster and present their findings Objective To familiarize students with the scientific method real polar scientific posters real polar scientific research real polar scientific terminology real polar scientific technology real polar scientific data real View Activity Photography 1 Documenting a Migration Lesson Arctic More than a week High school and Up Download Share and Remix Overview This lesson was written for a Photography I course to be taught in a lab with access to either a darkroom or computers printers

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  • Early Human Settlement in Arctic Alaska 2012 | PolarTREC
    journal from Wendy Gorton swf file members wendy gorton audio wgorton071412 mp3 Read Journal 15 July 2012 River Camp Audio journal from Wendy Gorton swf file members wendy gorton audio wgorton071512 mp3 Read Journal 15 July 2012 The Boys are Back in Town Out at Kivalina River camp today cutting through the blazing blue sky came Stan our helicopter pilot and two boys from Kivalina McQueen High School roughly 120 students Byron grade 11 and Roy grade 10 came off the chopper and got right to work screening the archaeologists buckets of leftover dirt from their The summer can get a bit boring they said because hunting season like caribou and beluga doesn t begin until September So this was a fantastic opportunity for them to check out how archaeologists do their thing and they re having a great time so far They quickly learned Read Journal 15 July 2012 Discoveries I was so thrilled to be given a quad in my own unit today Unit 29 with the lovely Ines from Germany It was really something to wake up at 2am because my tent was too hot I don t think that has ever happened before normally when I camp it s quite the opposite I wake up a bit chilly in the middle of the night The sun was out in full force at 2am and I m slowly getting used to it If you re someone like me who enjoys being outdoors the endless summer days are fantastic up here in the Arctic because it s more time that you get to be outside I absolutely love the math involved in Read Journal 14 July 2012 7 Carts of Food and a Pretty Cool Team I ve arrived After a few legs of flights I stepped out of Fairbanks International Airport and expected to feel even the tiniest bit of the cool from February s visit and I was met with warmth and sunshine and some of the coolest cloud patterns I ve ever seen It took my a while to get my Satellite Phone working properly but I am sending this journal with it Pretty amazing After settling into my hotel it was time to meet a few of my new team members for the expedition who are all funny and kind and smart We headed to ground zero at the local Falafel Stand and promptly went to do what Read Journal Expedition Resources Dressing for Success Video Arctic Less than 1 period All Ages Download and Share Cody from CH2M shows up how to dress in the Arctic View Video Project Information Dates 5 July 2012 to 16 July 2012 Location Raven Bluff Base Alaska Project Funded Title Paleoindian Adaptations in Arctic Alaska Viewed from the Raven Bluff Site Meet the Team Teacher Wendy Gorton The Equity Project Charter School Wendy Gorton is an enthusiastic Google Certified Teacher Google Apps EDU Certified Trainer and lifelong learner Currently she is a 5th grade social studies teacher

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  • Nutrient Transport in Arctic Watersheds | PolarTREC
    Matanuska Valley about 1 5 hours northeast of Anchorage These two and their dog Dillon and 25 chickens are truly living a sustainable lifestyle as they live off the land of their solar powered homestead They have built everything on the land by hand including milling most the lumber themselves The homestead they have created is truly impressive and consists of the main house pictured below two sheds an outhouse a Read Journal 8 June 2012 Leaving the Tundra Departing Toolik I have been at Toolik for almost five weeks and I sadly said goodbye this morning and headed south on the Dalton Hwy I did have a little time to hang out with the two other polarTREC teachers Sue and Nick into the wee hours of the morning who needs sleep anyway Green up has already happened on the south side of the Brooks Range As we headed south the tundra and forests came alive and so did the mosquitoes I departed just in time to miss the legendary mosquitoes There was a lot of construction as we drove the 357 miles down to Fairbanks This flagger was Read Journal 6 June 2012 Helo to Work Today s Journal Yesterday I spent the day riding on a helicopter The helicopter I tagged along with Cameron Mackenzie and Heidi Golden who are part of the Fishscape project which is a collaboration between the Marine Biological Lab at Woods Hole and University of Connecticut They are studying the Arctic grayling Thymallus arcticus populations in a few of the rivers around Toolik and trying to get a sense of how these fish use the landscape Cam is focusing more on the individual movement patterns of the fish while Heidi is using fish genetics to look at landscape differences over Read Journal Expedition Resources Water Cycling Movement through Watersheds and Water Tracks Lesson Arctic Less than a week Middle School and Up Download Share and Remix Overview Students will conduct a demonstration that will help them gain a better understanding of the water cycle and runoff in a watershed They will be able to replicate arctic and non arctic watersheds by varying the size of the watershed They will be able to visualize the difference in runoff by creating hydrographs of these different locations Objectives Students will understand how View Lesson Investigating Polar Science Lesson Arctic Antarctic Less than a week Middle School and Up Download Share and Remix Overview Students will investigate the breadth and depth of science taking place in the Polar Regions by reading and learning about one PolarTREC expedition and sharing it with the class Objectives To expose students to the wide variety of science happening in the Polar Regions To help students understand the process of science by examining one polar science expedition To assist students in View Lesson Melissa Barker and the Nutrient Transport in the Arctic expedition Event Arctic About 1 period This one hour event by Melissa Barker explains the research being done at Toolik

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