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  • Predatory Spiders in the Arctic Food Web | PolarTREC
    ve seen the lake thaw and the last remnants of snow leave the field station I ve seen the plants go from a dormant brown to a bright green and a very few are showing the Read Journal 21 July 2012 Brief Intermission I have not been trampled by a moose or eaten by a bear I ve been traveling throughout the state with limited access to the internet I left Toolik on July 20 and got wrapped up in the events that surround saying goodbye to an incredible place and my friends Since then I ve traveled to Denali and throughout the Kenai Peninsula I have had some amazing experiences and met some of the most interesting people I will be posting journals about my final days at Toolik and my adventures since very shortly I appreciate the feedback I have been receiving and am humbled by the number of Read Journal 18 July 2012 Two Flat Tires and No Windshield An Epic Road Trip Two anesthesiologists a surgeon and a veterinarian from Argentina pull up to a remote field station in Alaska with two flat tires and no windshield True life no joke Susanna Michael Smith College On one of my last days in the field I want to go back to an earlier event July 10 that captures some of the essence of Toolik s character This is a strange but incredible place You never know what you are going to see or hear and nothing seems outrageous or surprising During my first week here I heard researcher Mike Weintraub commenting on all of the interesting characters you Read Journal 17 July 2012 Polar People Michael Sheriff Biologist and T Ball Champion The cold rain has us in the lab today It feels like the Carolinas in winter Kiki and Amanda are busy at the microscopes while I get caught up on some writing and video production work Here is the newest Polar People video featuring Michael Sheriff Michael is a Post Doctoral Fellow at the Institute of Arctic Biology University of Alaska Fairbanks He s also a skilled badminton player and a Gold Medalist in the Toolik Olympics T Ball Home Run Derby You can learn more about his work with Arctic Ground Squirrels in my July 17 journal entry http youtu be 8lhzO48WRy4 Michael Read Journal Expedition Resources 3 290 Miles From LI Arctic changes local impacts Web Link Arctic All Ages Newsday reporter Jennifer Smith blogs dispatches from Toolik Lake Alaska about science underway at the research station including the work of researcher Amanda Koltz on predatory spiders View Web Link PolarConnect Public Event with Nick LaFave and the Predatory Spiders Expedition Video Arctic Less than 1 period All Ages Download and Share In this one hour webinar PolarTREC teacher Nick LaFave conducts live event for students and the public on his work at Toolik Field Station studying Predatory Spiders with researcher Amanda Koltz View Video Arctic Ground Squirrels with Michael Sheriff Video Arctic

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  • Tundra Nutrient Seasonality | PolarTREC
    lives here at the lake and is likely nesting The birds can be spotted hovering high above the lake after a few moments of fluttering they plunge dive in for a fish It s too Read Journal 24 June 2012 The Arctic Ocean My alarm going off at 4 30 am is not normally something I m excited about but today is the day I have reservations to go on the tour to see the Arctic Ocean gravel bar access to Arctic Ocean I need to drive about 130 miles north of here to Prudhoe Bay which can be a three hour trip due to conditions along the Dalton Highway Toolik to Prudhoe Bay map courtesy of TFS I gave myself an extra hour and headed off to meet the tour at 8 45 am in Deadhorse On the drive up I was hoping to see some wildlife and sure enough just out of camp I spotted a yearling caribou Yearling caribou Read Journal Expedition Resources The IMOLD Model Interactive Leaf Decomposition Activity Activity Arctic About 1 period High school and Up Download Share and Remix Models are great to use to make a concept easier to understand to visualize a process or outcome and also to allow a scientist to test selected variables IMOLD is a great model of leaf decomposition because it allows the students to interact with two variables affecting decomposition rates and test those variables in many more ways than they could at their own local research site The fact View Activity The IMOLD Model Leaf Anatomy Activity Arctic About 1 period High school and Up Download Share and Remix The purpose of this lesson is to highlight the importance of the structure of a leaf at its implications for how it decomposes The animation which runs for 2 03 minutes total time covers information that students may or may not be familiar with Here is one suggestion for working your students through the animation By actively taking notes during the animations students can engage in a View Activity The IMOLD Model Microbes Activity Arctic About 1 period High school and Up Download Share and Remix This lesson describes how decomposition happens and the role of microorganisms in this process The animation which runs for 3 23 minutes total time covers information that students may or may not be familiar with Here is one suggestion for working your students through the animation By actively taking notes during the animations students can engage in a dialogue with the model and better View Activity The IMOLD Model The Carbon Cycle Activity Arctic About 1 period High school and Up Download Share and Remix The purpose of this lesson is to highlight the importance of the Carbon Cycle in the natural cycles of photosynthesis and respiration It also models how human activity can alter the carbon cycle The animation which runs for 2 56 minutes total time covers a large amount of information that students may or may not

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  • High Arctic Change 2012 | PolarTREC
    talk on outreach got thrown into the mix for Monday as well meaning this guy had a bit of work to do a well didn t want it to be a complete snoozer Mike and Steve primarily spent the weekend organizing gear preparing samples for shipment and helping students with last minute project questions and I assisted where possible The weekend was also a good Read Journal 10 August 2012 Bright Lights Big City A lot has happened in the past 48 hours I last checked in at the closing of Aug 8 thinking that all was buttoned up neatly Field work done heading out on Friday pack things up and cast off Well later on Wednesday night post journal we got a message from UNIS logistics The logistics department is responsible for ensuring that research teams get to where they are going from the University Centre UNIS have all of the gear they need and make it safely back The warehouse room that logistics occupies is completely filled with survival suits glacier rescue kits rooms with motors Read Journal 8 August 2012 Ten Marathons 29 days A good field season This morning as I perused my news page online over 6 45 coffee I came across an article that announced 62 of Americans take at least one 10 minute walk per week Bravo This fact less than filled me with national pride when I thought of the other 38 and the likelihood that they did not in fact run those same 10 minutes In the same vein however I got to thinking about the past month here at Kapp Linne and a few statistics We ve been here for 29 days of field work Today Wednesday the 8th was our last day on Lake Linne and in the field In those 29 days we ve each probably had about Read Journal Expedition Resources Integrating Arctic Research Into Secondary Education 43rd Arctic Workshop Poster Presentation Workshop Arctic High school and Up Download A poster by PolarTREC alum Dan Frost describing the integration of Arctic research into secondary education through a field season in Svalbard It details possibilities for curriculum building and outreach through Arctic field work experience View Presentation Al Werner and the High Arctic Change Expedition Event Arctic About 1 period This one hour presentation by Dr Al Werner is a professional development opportunity for educators to learn more about earth and geoscience research in Svalbard Norway Some noticeable technical issues are resolved a few minutes into the presentation View Event Quaternary Glaciation of Svalbard Presentation Special Event i e science nights Arctic High school and Up Download A PDF copy of Steve Roof s lecture on the Quaternary glaciation of Svalbard View Presentation The Svalbard Pages Web Link Arctic All Ages A general information page about Svalbard facts history travel and events The site is in English and Norwegian View Web Link Project Information Dates 5 July 2012 to 15 August 2012 Location Svalbard Norway Project Funded Title

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  • Ecosystem Study of the Chukchi Shoal | PolarTREC
    with the family and dog Traveling by air can make the sense of time and place surreal I can imagine that before air travel people had a connection to the land and changes in the landscape as they traveled by foot horse or carriage Traveling by air at night I was not aware of the changes in landscape from the mountains and glaciers of the west coast plains of the mid west to the wetlands of the east coast Honestly I could have seen the mid west and east coast but my eyelids were heavy Trip Read Journal 23 August 2012 A Piece of the Bottom A Picture of the Past Gravity Cores by Dr Lee Cooper Dr Lee Cooper The gravity core is an instrument shaped like a missile It is designed to forcibly enter a meter or more into the sediments We are primarily using it to collect long small diameter cores that are suitable for measuring sedimentation rates Gravity core entering water Sedimentation rates are the rate at which sediments are deposited to the sea floor We use units like millimeters of sediment per year So how does this work Radioactive isotopes that are in the sediments can provide clues For example lead 210 is a natural radioactive Read Journal 22 August 2012 Going to the Zoo the Copepod Zoo with Carin Ashjian Zooplankton Project by Dr Ashjian Dr Carin Ashjian scientist at Woods Hole Institute of Oceanography at her microscope Zooplankton are small animals that live in the water and that swim so slowly that they cannot swim against the ocean currents Zooplankton are important members of the ocean food web as they consume the very small phytoplankton plants that grow in the water and in turn are eaten by larger animals such as fish jellyfish sea birds and even the massive bowhead whales In the Chukchi Sea the zooplankton usually cannot eat all of the phytoplankton so that the Read Journal 21 August 2012 Haps You ve got it Coring the bottom Let s see if you can shout Haps after reading this journal The Haps Corer is the instrument used by teams studying the bottom of the Chukchi Sea Simply it is a tube that is forced into the bottom and removes a cylinder of sediment which is called a core On Team Benthos we use 2 different types of Haps Corer a single and a 4 cylinder multi corer Cores of the bottom can be used for a many experiments including what types of organisms live in the sediment and where in the sediment how many of each organism are living in the sediments if micro algae are Read Journal Expedition Resources Parks Teacher to Embark on an Arctic Journey for the Second Time Article Arctic All Ages Download and Share This press release in the Bayonet online newspaper from Maryland outlines teacher Deanna Wheeler s second educational experience of a lifetime in the Arctic with PolarTREC View Article Massillon Native Teacher to

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  • Carbon Balance in Warming and Drying Tundra 2012 | PolarTREC
    outfit company for the expedition is by seeing how far their vehicles will take you up Read Journal 24 September 2012 Monday After a pretty good night sleep we were up at 6 30 to get packed have breakfast and hit the trail The morning air was cool but you could tell it would probably warm up before noon It did warm up which made some of the steep ridges down right hot By the time we had finished lunch however the clouds had moved in from over the mountain and we spent the next hour or two walking in the rain and hail We moved from the rain forest biome into the heath zone The line that divides these zones was very clear In a matter of ten steps the large trees and vines of the forest were gone and Read Journal 25 September 2012 Tuesday I thought I was going to die The hike today brought us from the heath zone into the moirlands zone The vegetation continues to change as we gain altitude From the Shira Plateau we slowly worked out way up the ridge and onto one of the lava flow areas that have since been glaciated and cleared When we began this morning the peak of the mountain looked untouchable but by the end of our hike it is amazing to see how far we have come and how much closer our goal is We still have a long way to go and more elevation to encounter During our one stop to collect water samples and take Read Journal 22 September 2012 Thank you for the Postings I want to thank everyone for their first postings and let you all know that I am having a little trouble with getting on line to answer all of the questions I have started replying but it will be some time You can hold your questions until I post from the mountain which should be by Tuesday or Wednesday My connection should be good then In the meantime please look at my pre thoughts about the expedition and the one photo I have up There is so much to talk about and I will get to it when I can get a good connection Be patient and watch for more info This expedition represents a Read Journal 19 September 2012 We are on our way After leaving California in the afternoon and then an 11 hour flight to Holland we are delayed and waiting for a plane to show up I have met many of the members of the expedition now and it looks like a great group of folks More to follow I see a plane Read Journal Expedition Resources Global Decomposition Project Lesson Arctic More than a week All Ages Download and Share Background Soil decomposers such as some bacteria and fungi obtain energy needed for life from dead and decomposing plant and animal remains known as soil organic matter Soil organic matter is important to

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  • Airborne Survey of Polar Ice | PolarTREC
    the community is accessible via water Other than that you need to fly and flying in Read Journal 17 April 2012 Glacier Running in Eastern Greenland Image from the Helheim Glacier run this afternoon Helheim in Danish means home of death I m sure it earned its name from the fate many met as they tried to navigate the waters in the region Another great day with lots of new experiences on the NASA IceBridge flight I was invited by the flight crew to join the pilots in the cockpit for takeoff and of course I jumped at the opportunity As a young child I wanted to fly more than anything except going to space There s just something about being in the air and taking it all in seeing the big picture As a kid I experimented with Read Journal 17 April 2012 Rare Views of Southeast Greenland I only have a few minutes We had to return early from our flight today due to an abnormal noise on the aircraft The issue has been resolved and we are back out in 30 minutes But here is a video from my flight yesterday Can you recognize ant of the glacier features More to come View during my flight on Monday in southeast Greenland Read Journal 17 April 2012 More on Russell Glacier As I write we re about 15 minutes away from landing after completing an 8 hour mission in southeast Greenland I keep running the day s images through my mind I ve seen so much today that I ve never seen before and for that matter I ve seen things today that few people ever have I ve seen parts of our planet that I m quite certain humans have never traversed I m flying again early tomorrow morning More about this tomorrow evening For now I wanted to share a bit more with you about Russell Glacier The internet is rather slow here but I ve managed to upload a video so that you Read Journal Expedition Resources Seeing What You Can t See Lesson Arctic About 1 period Middle School and Up Download Share and Remix Overview Have you ever wondered how polar scientists do it How do they really know if the planet is losing vast quantities of ice anyway You can use pictures from satellites to monitor the surface from year to year but the vast majority of ice is hidden from view buried beneath the surface in some of the most inhospitable and inaccessible corners of our planet NASA s Operation IceBridge View Lesson Libertyville High teacher goes to Greenland with NASA Article Arctic All Ages Download and Share Libertyville High s Mark Buesing working with NASA in Greenland Veteran Libertyville High School science teacher Mark Buesing packed some cold weather gear and headed to glacier filled Greenland where he is part of a NASA mission to study ice in both of our planet s polar regions View Article Oil City teacher

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  • Greenland Education Tour 2012 | PolarTREC
    Mars Summary Students spent the morning working on their Summit video and the afternoon with Lisa Pratt s Indiana University group The group is testing various types of equipment to determine whether they may be able to detect methane in the field If the equipment performs well here they hope that the equipment can be used for future rover missions to Mars Summit Video 2012 http www youtube com watch v tzGVK3wH3ck feature youtu be Pictures Charlotte Madsen DK airing up the raft Charlotte Madsen DK helps Seth Young collect Methane Alex US Marisa US and Cecilie DK Read Journal 17 July 2012 Snow density calculations video editing waterfall and a little relaxing Summary In the morning students worked with IGERT fellow Kaitlin Keegan Kaitlin had the students use their snow pit measurements they took at Summit to calculate the snow density as a function of depth She then showed them data from 2010 and compared the results Fie Thorup Hansen wrote up the results The report is below Firn Density Measurements At 8 30pm the group went to the local waterfall Since its daylight 24 7 we can do fun things late into the evening We returned at 11pm Pictures are below Cecilia Olsen Heilmann taking Aggu s callsign during the hike to the Read Journal 16 July 2012 Leaving Summit returning to Kangerlussuaq Summary Bag drag was at 6 30am and students boarded the flight by 10am When the C 130 landed several Kangerlussuaq residents were on the flight as a turnaround tour Aggu Broberg of Disco Bay was asked to be a tour guide and interpreter We then boarded the flight for the 1 5 hour flight to Kanger When we arrived in Kanger we had lunch and students took showers having been 3 days since we d had one did laundry and generally relaxed for the rest of the day Tomorrow students will work on producing their Summit video and visit a local waterfall Here is a picture we took the Read Journal Expedition Resources Snow Runways Fly or No Fly Lesson Arctic More than a week High school and Up Download Share and Remix Overview At Summit Station Greenland science technicians measure the snow conditions of the runway to determine if the LC 130 aircraft which brings supplies and people in and out of Summit can land and takeoff safely Students can use data taken by technicians at Summit Station Greenland and develop a model to determine if snowpack conditions on the runway are sufficient for the safe takeoff View Lesson US Students Experience Hands On Science In Greenland Web Link Arctic All Ages Science360 News focuses on the latest developments in scientific research This link provides a short video on the 2012 Joint Science Education Program JSEP JSEP brings high school students from diverse countries to Arctic research sites to experience hands on science Provided by the National Science Foundation View Web Link 2012 JSEP Student Biography Dana Cucci Presentation School Presentation Arctic All

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  • Tectonic History of the Transantarctic Mountains | PolarTREC
    have asked for we got the call from Terra Nova Base with the news that we all had been silently wishing for The word was we could stop at the Emperor penguin nursery What was already an amazing day turned into one of the best days of my life Having the opportunity to see these stunning creatures in their natural habitat in the Read Journal 1 December 2012 Helicopter Flights in Antarctica Being involved in the Italian Helo Ops project has been an opportunity of a lifetime Using the helicopters during the installs was just icing on the cake The nature of the helicopter offers better views than the airplanes because of the lower speed and larger windows Getting right next to cliffs and flying low over a ridge is the stuff of movies but now I was experiencing this first hand Even though we did not have many flights using the helicopters when we did use them it happened to be the most spectacular sites of the journey Currently the installs are going substantially faster Read Journal 26 November 2012 The Dangers of Installing on Blue Ice We finally received a call that we will fly again Fortunately because of the rotation it was my turn to venture out into the field It just so happened that site 12 is a blue glacial ice site I was thrilled and excited to see a new piece of Antarctica When we arrived we circled for a good landing site The first place was straight ice and no snow All the other sites were bumpy with snow so the pilots opted for the straight ice spot After landing we gingerly exited the airplane to find it was as slippery as you would expect This was a great chance to wear our crampons that we brought Read Journal Expedition Resources See You as a Scientist Research Adventures in the Transantarctic Mountains TAMs Lesson Antarctic Less than a week Middle School and Up Download and Share Overview Students will use the TAMMNET project and accompanying PolarTREC resources to learn about seismology in the Antarctic culminating in the creation of an annotated map using google maps Objective Students will understand the different ways mountain ranges are formed and appreciate the questions unanswered about the Transantarctic Mountains Students will also appreciate the View Lesson GuacScience Density Guacamole and Mountain Building Video Antarctic Less than 1 period Middle School and Up Download and Share Antarctic educator Mark Walsh created this video for the PolarTREC 2013 spring online professional development course This video uses the concept of Density to explore how mountains are built as well as how to throw a good Cinco de Mayo party at McMurdo Station Antarctica He uses the Dr Samantha Hansen s Transantarctic Mountains work as an example of mountain building View Video Mapping A Photographic Investigation Lesson Antarctic About a week High school and Up Download Organizing Questions 1 Why is it important to collect large quantities of research data 2 How

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