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  • Impacts of the Larsen Ice Shelf System on the Weddell Sea | PolarTREC
    on Read Journal 19 April 2012 Almost Home Speed 12 4 knots Course 226 Location Straits of Magellan 53 07429833 70 698715 Sorry for my absence the last couple days The ship turned into a ghost town as we crossed the Drake Passage and everyone curled up in their bunks to deal with being tossed around by the rough sea Sometime this evening we will be arriving back in Punta Arenas Chile It has been an amazing time and I feel so lucky to have been a part of this cruise Some of you were able to watch the PolarConnect event it s archived on the PolarTREC website if you haven t seen it yet My students and I were able to Read Journal 16 April 2012 Ikaite Speed 12 3 knots Course 321 Location Bransfield Strait 62 27022167 56 72387333 Depth 1193 meters Although we didn t make a lot of progress through the ice yesterday we finally made it out into mostly open water today The landscape has changed dramatically from solid ice everywhere to little chunks of ice We are headed into the Drake Passage which means pretty rough waters for a few days so my updates may disappear while I deal with the big waves Ikaite One of the more exciting finds in recent days was a mineral called ikaite Ikaite pronounced icky ite is made up of Read Journal 15 April 2012 Jumbo Piston Core Speed 0 8 knots Course 240 Location Bransfield Strait 62 56427333 55 98799167 Depth 253 meters Yesterday we finished all scientific operations and we began our journey north back towards Chile We are slowly maneuvering through lots and lots of ice and hopefully we ll make it back home on time From the picture below you can see where we ve been so far on this cruise We are currently at the end of the red line headed back towards Chile It ll take us a few days to get there maybe more if the ice continues to be heavy Current cruise map courtesy of NBP Jumbo Piston Core Read Journal Expedition Resources 3D Bathymetry Lesson Antarctic About 1 period Middle School and Up Download Share and Remix Overview Scientists use bathymetry to understand the ocean floor This lesson is a basic introduction to bathymetry using salad trays to help students understand how bathymetric maps work Objectives Students will be able to identify the advantages to using a bathymetric map Students will be able to transform a bathymetric map into a three dimensional model Using just a bathymetric map View Lesson Antarctic Food Web Lesson Antarctic About 1 period Middle School and Up Download Share and Remix Overview One of the first things to understand about the Antarctic ecosystem is what kinds of animals actually live there This lesson provides a basic introduction to important Antarctic wildlife and how they interact with each other Objectives Students will be able to create a food web of the Antarctic ecosystem Students will

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  • IceCube In Ice Antarctic Telescope 2012 | PolarTREC
    and South Pole Station green yellow are marked It gives a good idea of just how big this array will be The diagram shows wind turbines between every 3 stations Originally that s how the more remote stations would be powered but now it s more likely that there will be power cables running to each station instead To get one station up and running this is what has to happen The site has to be surveyed and prepared This means that the site is located Read Journal 16 January 2013 It s not over till it s over I got really wrapped up in working and living at the South Pole and I didn t have time to get all of my blogs finished uploaded I m home now though and back into the routine of things so for the next couple of weeks I ll be uploading those blogs Here are some of the topics to look forward to Deployment of an ARA string Low Tech vs High Tech solutions The Berms Touring the South Pole Station Weather conditions Identifying people Moving from ARA2 to ARA3 The Physical Sciences Lab Upward Bound Also I ll be writing a journal entry to summarize my experiences and reflect on how this Read Journal 31 December 2012 ARA3 When I woke up this morning in my own house back in South Carolina I had this waiting in my email for me A3D6 is finished This is the last hole at the last station of the season so it s a really momentous occasion The last hole at ARA3 was drilled today I can t believe it s only been 19 days since the very first 210 m dry hole ever was drilled The ARA team has done amazing things this season 13 holes in 19 days Good job guys Read Journal 27 December 2012 Leaving the Station To leave the South Pole there are a few things you have to do First bag drag i e pack up your checked luggage and move it to Destination Zulu aka DZ by 3pm the day before your flight Then go take all the pictures you can stand at the geographic and ceremonial South Poles Penguins hanging out at the South Pole A special picture for Mary Kate who loves penguins Next say goodbye to all your friends who have to go out into the field to work A going away present from the ARA drillers Choked me up They re a sweet group of guys Then go to your room and strip the sheets Read Journal 29 December 2012 Giving Thanks Flying home is a sobering thing I m really sad to be leaving I will miss the work I love drilling and I will miss the people terribly To the drillers Darrell Terry Thomas Dave Rob Jim and James Thank you for taking me uder your wings and teaching me to drill I know you don t want people knowing this but

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  • Buried Ice in Antarctica 2012 | PolarTREC
    were rustic with each individual sharing a Scott tent for sleeping and all members sharing a dedicated cook tent for meals The McMurdo Dry Valleys are located on the western coast of McMurdo Sound and form the largest relatively ice free area on the Antarctic continent The perennially ice covered lakes frozen alpine glaciers and extensive areas of exposed soil and permafrost within the McMurdo Dry Valleys are subject to low temperatures limited snowfall and salt accumulation Expedition Map Journals 14 December 2012 Parting Shots Heading Home I am back at McMurdo preparing to leave the ice and return home Although there were frequent weather delays the time spent at the central Beacon Valley site turned out to be an expedition highlight for me in terms of making the Antarctic Dry Valleys Mars connection Feel free to check back for lesson plans from this expedition which will be posted in the future Here are some final photos I would like to share from this 2012 expedition Photograph of Beacon Sandstone and volcanic rock Photograph of Cavendish Ice Falls Changing sea ice in McMurdo Sound The Ice Read Journal 11 December 2012 Glacial Landscapes on Earth and Mars There are similarities in the type and range of glacial features observed in the Antarctic Dry Valleys and on Mars This journal focuses on the similarities between glacial landscapes on Earth and Mars Watch my video introduction below and I will present some photographs of glacial features that are present in Central Beacon Valley and on Mars http youtu be nCgZAWYCrPE Debris covered Glaciers and Viscous Flow Debris glaciers are characterized by thick piles of ice which move in a slow viscous motion Most debris covered glaciers originate through accumulation of debris on alpine Read Journal 8 December 2012 Where s the Ice Ground Penetrating Radar GPR is one of the instruments being used during the 2012 season to determine the presence and depth of buried ice in areas of the Dry Valleys Sean Mackay prepares the Ground Penetrating Radar unit What is Ground Penetrating Radar GPR GPR is a geophysical technique that collects and records information about the subsurface without digging it up GPR can detect underground water rock structure buried ruins and many other types of objects A radio wave signal is shot directly at the ground by a transmitting antenna This signal will travel through the Read Journal 5 December 2012 Featured Researcher Sean Mackay Another day different weather Notice the clear blue skies in the background Select the link below for a video interview with the featured researcher from this expedition Sean Mackay who will explain the focus of his research in Antarctica I met Sean in 2008 which was the first Antarctica experience for both of us Sean has been instrumental in setting up the LAVC Boston University videoconferences and has contributed to our education and outreach goals over the past few years He will be moving on this year after the completion of his dissertation and will

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  • Russian American Long term Census of the Arctic | PolarTREC
    to the coast over night the last time Once we picked up a few hours they were very happy to hear that we d be headed back this way on our way home to Nome We ll be arriving in Nome on the 16th in the early morning and will be at the dock by noon Jackie and I have already started packing labeling and Read Journal 14 September 2012 Lots going on We ll reach the last station that Jackie will do early tomorrow morning and then we ll really start packing Today we inventoried and sealed up the buckets with all of the samples from the van Veen grabs That s a small start compared to all we ll have to do once the boxes come out of the hold and everyone gets to work packing sorting and cleaning up Today s journal covers those on board who are not only working with a team but who are also collecting samples and data for their own individual projects the adding to their already packed workloads Monika was really excited when she Read Journal 15 September 2012 Russian benthic team With a busy day ahead of us today I wrote this journal last night just before our last station Dr Stanislav Denisenko Vladimir Skvortsov Mikhail Zhukov and Aleksey Merkulyev are all from the Zoological Institute St Petersburg and Stanislav and Vladimir also work with the State Polar Academy in St Petersburg where Mikhail is a student Together they make up the Russian benthic team Even though they usually take their own sediment samples at different stations they are always there to help when Jackie Monika and I are doing grabs and cores When they do their own sampling they Read Journal 13 September 2012 Cores Galore We ve now made it back to the stations we missed due to the weather and starting yesterday around 3 PM we did an afternoon station another at 2 30 this morning and one more right after breakfast We ll have another right after dinner and then three more to wrap things up There may be a few other short stations in between The original cruise plan called for these stations to be done right after we started but the storm changed all of that Most of the time when we go on deck to work the Russian team of geologists is there as well Their team is actually made up of four smaller Read Journal 12 September 2012 Birds and Mammals With the exception of short stops for geology and benthic grabs for the Russian teams we ve been transiting for two days While some on board have had a break there are two scientists who are rarely seen when the ship is moving during daylight hours That s because they spend the majority of that time on the bridge watching for birds Declan Troy and marine mammals Kate Stafford Declan is originally from Toronto but he now lives in Anchorage where

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  • Space Weather Monitoring on the Antarctic Plateau 2013 | PolarTREC
    2012 Eight Days in the Deep Antarctic Field I ve been on what can only be described as an incredible journey the field camp of AGO 2 Bob Melville AGO Team Leader Andy Stillinger Project Engineer Gil Jeffer Research Scientist Marc Ankenbauer Field Coordinator and I spent eight days on the East Antarctic Plateau 300 miles from anything and anyone Living in such close quarters you not only learn a lot from each other you learn a lot about each other And one thing I learned is that I wouldn t hesitate for a minute to work with any of them again Regardless of whether or not things were going according to plan the Read Journal 12 December 2012 What s it like at South Pole Station On my way to the AGO 2 site I thought about my recent time at South Pole Station As I mentioned earlier when I arrived at South Pole Station it was a challenge for me physically Hitting the thin cold air was like having 75 pounds placed on my shoulders South Pole Station is 9603 feet above sea level and that s where I came from sea level at McMurdo Station However you must also factor in the Earth s atmosphere is thinnest at the poles and thickest near the equator so in reality depending on what kind of weather is coming in and the barometric pressure associated with it South Read Journal 4 December 2012 Heading to the Field AGO 2 As is typical at the edge of the planet things change quickly Yesterday afternoon my team got word that our flight to the field has was bumped up to the morning had hoped for a couple more days to prep at South Pole Station before heading out but around here you have to go when they say go I fly out in 2 hours for the field site at AGO 2 and will be there 5 or 6 days I will have access to the SAT phone but will not have internet access from the field Keep the questions coming and I will answer them as quickly as possible and keep an eye out for the Polar Connect Event Details Read Journal Expedition Resources Space Weather Prediction Website Web Link Arctic Antarctic All Ages SpaceWeather com is an excellent tool used to predict space weather events like the Northern Lights and solar activity levels View Web Link Teacher Heads South for PENGUIn and Penguins Article Antarctic All Ages Download and Share PolarTREC teacher Tim Spuck participates in work at Cape Royds Antarctica studying an Adelie penguin colony View Article Project Information Dates 12 November 2012 to 22 December 2012 Location South Pole Station and remote field sites on the Antarctic Plateau Antarctica Project Funded Title The Polar Experiment Network for Geospace Upper atmosphere Investigations project PENGUIn Meet the Team Teacher Tim Spuck Oil City Area High School Oil City PA United States Tim Spuck teaches Earth Space Sciences at Oil City

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  • Carbon Balance in Warming and Drying Tundra 2013 | PolarTREC
    into the sandy bank along the north side of Healy Creek at Isabelli Coal Mine During this past 6 weeks I ve had many experiences During the week of polarTREC Read Journal 2 May 2013 Bringing the Expedition to a Close I ve spent 5 weeks here in Healy AK at the University of Florida Schuur Lab Research Site Time has gone by quickly As you can see little has changed Here I am on my first day at the University of Florida field cabin in Healy Here I am on my last day at the University of Florida field cabin in Healy This last week was supposed to have been spent setting up CiPEHR for summer season data collection However winter has decided to stick around awhile We did manage to pull the solar panels computers that run the chambers air compressors and pneumatic lines out of storage and Read Journal 1 May 2013 Usibelli Coal Mine The global concern over rising CO2 levels in the atmosphere and subsequent effects of climate change we are seeing particularly in the Arctic can be attributed to the burning of fossil fuels The burning of coal is the main contributor to electrical generation in the U S as well as many other places in the world Graph showing importance of coal in electricity generation In Alaska most of that coal comes from the Usibelli Coal Mine located 5 miles away across the George Parks Highway from the University of Florida Research Station on the Stampede Road This is an interesting Read Journal 29 April 2013 A Visit to the Bonanza Creek Long Term Ecological Research Site I met Jamie Hollingsworth the Site Manager for BNZ LTER when he and Brian Charlton Field Tech for BNZ LTER came down to CiPEHR to test a tracked four wheeler with snowblower attachment near the On plot Experiment sites Jamie Hollingsworth Site Manager for BNZ LTER at the enclosure in the Bonanza Creek Experimental Forest BCEF The Bonanza Creek Long Term Ecological Research was established in 1987 It s part of the National Science Foundations NSF s Long Term Ecological Research Network BNZ LTER is co managed by University of Alaska Fairbanks and USDA Forest Service It s Read Journal Expedition Resources Tom Lane and Carbon Balance in Warming and Drying Tundra Event Arctic About 1 period This one hour webinar is for students and the public hosted by Tom Lane The team is studying carbon balance in warming and drying tundra in Healy Alaska View Event Vulnerability of Permafrost Carbon to Climate Change Implications for the Global Carbon Cycle2 Article Arctic High school and Up Download and Share This scientific article focuses on one of the largest pools of global carbon that is the organic C stored in permafrost perennially frozen ground and on the vulnerability to change under an increasingly warmer climate View Article Effects of experimental warming of air soil and permafrost on carbon balance in Alaskan tundra Article Arctic High school and

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  • Reconstructing the Past Climate of Central Alaska | PolarTREC
    I had already taken a shuttle down to Anchorage to pick up a rental car and U Haul which we would use to go back to Talkeetna for transporting the rest of our equipment and personnel down to Anchorage In Anchorage we would use RELO cubes to again return ship our equipment Read Journal 12 June 2013 Leaving the Drill Site by Seth It s time to get everything down from Mount Hunter and back to Talkeetna Wow did it go smoothly The plan was for the helicopter to show up around 9 30am and start taking 700 1200 pound sling loads from the Hunter plateau down to Kahiltna Base Camp From there Talkeetna Air Taxi was supposed to fly all the cores and equipment back down to Talkeetna Dave and Tim would fly with the first load from base camp to help move cores and equipment around in town Mike Brad Dom and I would stay on Hunter to create sling loads Erich Liz and Erich s recently arrived undergraduate student Read Journal 10 June 2013 Some Reflections on a Field Season From Seth Tim asked me today how many km of radar data I have from this site and this got me thinking this morning while waiting for Tim and Dave to get picked up I am on call with the land air radio VHF radio and satellite phone to communicate with Erich at base camp for updates on weather helicopter status and when Dave and Tim may leave The sling loads are ready to go and Dave and Tim are packed so now I can sit here and either process MORE data OR write a blog to update everyone My eyes are tired of looking at radar data on the computer and I feel that a blog might be in order so a blog Read Journal 8 June 2013 Team Shave and a little science update Seth sent me some news yesterday They will be dismantling the core camp on Mount Hunter in the next day or so and are now waiting for good helicopter weather to move the cores to base camp I have asked Seth to keep sending any pictures he can but we need to understand that this a crucial time for the team The stress of drilling is over but the stress of getting the cores safely to Colorado has just begun With big transitions afoot for everyone it looks like it was time for some spiffing up Tim Before Yes there was a face in there after all Photo Credit Tim Pretty sporty Read Journal Expedition Resources Glacier Flow Predictive Modeling via Flubber Lesson Arctic About a week Middle School and Up Download Share and Remix Overview This lesson project lab has students predict via multiple drawings and time lapse photography predictive Flubber flow before the placement of barriers and other obstacles in front of the Flubber Contour lines in two directions are drawn on both the paper prediction and the Flubber

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  • Airborne Survey of Polar Ice 2013 | PolarTREC
    18 April 2013 The Choreographer John Sonntag is the choreographer of NASA s Operation IceBridge As a high schooler in Texas he saw the Omnimax movie The Dream is Alive about NASA s space program and he knew then that he wanted to be a part of it John Sonntag on the left with Robert Harpold in their navigation seats John is involved in just about every facet of the project from mission planning to in flight navigation from meteorology to data analysis and from calibration of equipment to worrying about getting the science team all the data they want He s also the founding member of the OIB Running Club There Read Journal Expedition Resources Flying with NASA Operation IceBridge Collecting Data in Greenland Video Arctic All Ages Lecture by Mark Buesing at Bradley University s Peoria IL Osher Life Long Learning Institute View Video Getting MAD about Magnetics Lesson Arctic About 1 period High school and Up Download Share and Remix Overview NASA s Operation IceBridge images Earth s polar ice in unprecedented detail to better understand processes that connect the Polar Regions with the global climate system IceBridge uses a specialized fleet of aircraft and the most sophisticated suite of science instruments ever assembled to gather data on sea ice glaciers and ice sheets The data gathered today will allow future View Lesson Lesson Is Greenland Really THAT Big Lesson Arctic About 1 period High school and Up Download Share and Remix Overview NASA s Operation IceBridge images Earth s polar ice in unprecedented detail to better understand processes that connect the Polar Regions with the global climate system IceBridge uses a specialized fleet of aircraft and the most sophisticated suite of science instruments ever assembled to gather data on sea ice glaciers and ice sheets The data gathered today will allow future View Lesson Mark Buesing and NASA IceBridge Event Arctic About 1 period This one hour live web event is hosted by Mark Buesing Mark worked with the NASA IceBridge team to survey polar ice over Greenland in 2013 View Event PolarTREC and NASA s Operation IceBridge Presentation Presentation School Presentation Arctic Elementary and Up Download and Share This presentation to the District 128 school board highlighted the science and adventure of NASA s Operation IceBridge and why science technology engineering and math are vital to all our students Links and credits to videos in the presentation can all be found in the video information on YouTube View Presentation Libertyville High School teacher sharing lessons from Greenland NASA mission Article Arctic All Ages Download and Share This article summarizes PolarTREC teacher Mark Buesing s amazing and varied career as a cyclist engineer teacher and now participant on NASA s airborne mission to map and measure ice in the Polar Regions View Article Teacher from Bristol gets up close with Greenland ice studies Article Arctic All Ages Download and Share PolarTREC teacher Mark Buesing is interviewed post expedition talking about his work with NASA in Greenland

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