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  • Totten Glacier System in East Antarctica | PolarTREC
    are 90 nautical miles south of the 200 mile International waters boundary of Australia speeding away at 10 knots The last few days have been the roughest so far in terms of weather and waves Wind speeds were sustained at 70 knots with waves 40 ft It made for quite a ride Meals as an example had to be altered as it was very hard for the cooks to Read Journal 5 10 March 2014 An afternoon with J P Keeping the screws turning and the lights burning J P Pierce chief engineer in front of the control panel in the engine room We are continuing to pack up I took a quick break to run up to the bridge It was shift change and Rob was discussing the next four hours with Brandon I looked out the wall of windows Is asked Brandon is that the direction we are heading It didn t look too bad He responded yes but look to the west that weather will be in our course shortly Oh boy looks like things are going to get rough soon I guess that is why these latitudes are called the Read Journal 3 8 March 2014 Packing day Our science mission is officially completed Everyone can now do a collective sigh of relief No more split shifts mid rats deployments and processing Oh yeah we need to pack Preparing for the crossing Securing some of the science equipment for the crossing I mentioned earlier that this is an interdisciplinary science cruise Doing this type of cruise appears to becoming more and more popular as an effort to curb costs and enable the teams of scientists to work together We were able to complete 100 s of deployments in Marine Geology Geophysics and Physical Oceanography We have a Read Journal 5 Expedition Resources It is a Slippery Slope Lesson Antarctic Less than a week Middle School and Up Download Share and Remix Overview Through this demonstration and review of the attached research documents and the expedition PolarConnect event archive you will better be able to visualize how warming deep ocean currents undermine the ice sheets of Antarctica Objectives To determine through a demonstration and review of a scientific abstract how warm water currents speed up ice sheet loss and sub ice water View Lesson How Come My Compass Doesn t Work Lesson Antarctic About a week Middle School and Up Download Share and Remix Overview As a teacher on the NB Palmer Totten Cruise in the winter of 2014 I successfully traversed the Magnetic South Pole This is a wandering point on the Earth s surface where geomagnetic field lines are directed vertically upwards As an Outdoor Educator I utilize compasses regularly to navigate The traverse of the Magnetic South Pole inspired this lesson Objectives Upon completion of View Lesson Glenn Clark and the Totten Glacier System Expedition Event Antarctic About 1 period This 1 hour webinar conducted by PolarTREC teacher Glenn Clark studying the Totten Glacier

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  • Biology of Antarctic Fishes 2013 | PolarTREC
    the Gills As we headed back north we didn t take the customary route through the gorgeous channels and straits of Neumayer and Gerlasche This was unfortunate for a couple reasons Not only were we not treated to the beauty of that route but equally important it meant we went straight out into the open waters Open waters as in turbulent swells rocky lots of movement Which meant no time to grow our sea legs as they are called I don t think it helped any that the Gould which is wonderfully seaworthy had to have some wings added after she was built to correct some problems She works great Read Journal 2 July 2013 The Traverse continues It s hard to explain the expanse and beauty down here and do it justice Sometimes pictures come close like this one showing the traverse tracks Picture courtesy of Ryan Wallace Let s see where did we leave off yesterday We talked about the traverse and its primary mission to deliver fuel These tractors can haul up to 12 bags of fuel each The traverse has proven to be more cost effective that airlifting in supplies so the amounts of fuel being hauled has increased over the last few years The technology has advanced as well The fuel bags are made our of heavy duty molecular weight Read Journal 1 July 2013 Traversing the Continent Part 1 Here s a shot of the traverse caravan on it s way to South Pole The primary purpose of the traverse is to get fuel to South Pole station That is Mount Erebus in the background Photo courtesy of Ryan Wallace Tomorrow we set sail back north But tonight we were treated to a riveting talk by Ryan Wallace You already know Ryan as the Marine Tech who was instrumental in launching our Fish Spy Last year he did the Traverse Every year there is a traverse across the continent from McMurdo station to South Pole stations The primary reason is to get fuel to the remote South Pole station Read Journal 30 June 2013 A Little Something for Rock Lovers Lisa is taking a moment to admire our pretty spectacular view during our walk You can see how icy the glacier is Historically this glacier has been covered in a good layer of snow and you could easily hike or ski on it Geology around here is pretty fascinating At Palmer Station we have an opportunity to see a slice of this Sadly we see more and more with the glaciers melting as quickly as they are Lisa Crockett and I went for a walk in the backyard and part way up the glacier and found some cool stuff Actually Lisa who has been working and researching in Antarctica for nearly 30 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

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  • Soil Ecology in Antarctic Dry Valleys | PolarTREC
    low temperatures limited snowfall and salt accumulation Journals 3 January 2014 My Final Post Hello again to anyone who has taken the time to read my journal posts and checked out photos If you are counting it takes three solid days of flying to get to and from Antarctica from Arizona Getting back was a bit of a hurried mess after the flight from Sydney to LA was delayed by about two hours Of course this meant that connecting flights were missed and one of my bags took an extended vacation and arrived three days after I got home As this is titled as my final post I would like to share why I think this type of experience is important and what I learned One important part of Read Journal 18 December 2013 Back Home For anyone who might still be checking I am back at home and readjusting to life in Flagstaff AZ I am in the process of composing a reflection piece that I intend to post as soon as it is finished Thanks for your patience Justin Kendhammer Read Journal 8 December 2013 An Entry From Dr Egbert Schwartz In the lab I am a soil microbiologist A microbiologist studies very small micro organisms Soil is full of them there could be more than a billion microorganisms in a thimble full of soil but they are so small you can t see them with your eyes What has surprised us is how many different types of microorganisms there are in soil Most of them remain unknown to us and the only reason we know they exist is because we have detected their DNA DNA is a large biomolecule that contains the information on how to put an organism together Because a human is put together differently from a Read Journal 5 December 2013 Photo Update Check out the photos from the last couple of days Read Journal 3 December 2013 Back to the Field Today was another really nice day in this part of Antarctica We had good visibility and almost no wind great for flying Clear skies Our pilot was very gracious and showed us around to a couple of the sites We went a little bit out of our way to go and see the edge of the sea ice This is the part of the ice that is breaking into water and floating away this is also the place to be if you want to see wildlife At certain points in the season there can be more orcas than you can count the same for penguins and seals This time around we only saw penguins but one out of three is not Read Journal Expedition Resources Flag educators off to find out how microorganisms in Antarctic soil got there Article Antarctic All Ages Download and Share Researcher Egbert Schwartz and PolarTREC teacher Justin Kendhammer will travel to the Dry Valleys of Antarctica in search of life in the seemingly barren soil One of

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  • West Antarctic Ice Sheet Microstructures | PolarTREC
    it is one of nature s best preservatives Think about your refrigerator at home we put food in the fridge and keep it cold because it lasts longer right We put food in the freezer and keep it frozen because it lasts way longer If you buy fresh vegetables they will last a couple of days outside a week in the fridge or months in the freezer Photo credit Jason Depolo Now imagine putting something in a place so cold that ice does not melt for 68 000 years It would practically last forever That is basically what has Read Journal 12 January 2015 WAIS Divide 101 Part 3 All about the WAIS not the treble Stratigraphy In the summer at WAIS Divide temperatures hover around 10C 14F more or less In the winter here temperatures drop down to 50C 68F At temperatures that low it is actually too cold to snow So most of the snow that falls in Antarctica actually falls during the summer months here The solar radiation on the top layer of snow during the summer and over the fall as the sun rises and sets causes a metamorphosis in the ice crystals just under the surface This along with wind temperature changes the loss of sunlight over the winter Read Journal 2 Expedition Resources 2014 15 Antarctic Expedition Wrap Up Event CARE Presentation Antarctic About 1 period All Ages Download and Share This one hour webinar is a great look at the PolarTREC 2014 5 Antarctic expeditions Each teacher presents on the research projects implementation in the classroom and outreach into communities View Event Yamini Bala and the West Antarctic Ice Sheet Microstructures Expedition Webinar 2 Event Polar Connect Antarctic About 1 period All Ages Download and Share This one hour webinar is hosted by Yamini Bala and the team studying the Microstructures of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet also called Velvet Ice View Event Yamini Bala and a Global Meditation from Antarctica Event Polar Connect Antarctic About 1 period Download Note This event was not for our typical classroom based education audience WAIS Divide West Antarctic Ice Sheet where the Velvet Ice team conducted its research has recently be found to be one of the most vulnerable areas of Antarctica to global climate change If recent predictions hold true major glaciers in WAIS could collapse within 100 years triggering massive shifts in global View Event Yamini Bala and the West Antarctic Ice Sheet Microstructures Expedition Event Polar Connect Antarctic About 1 period All Ages Download and Share This one hour event is an introduction to the expedition with Yamini Bala and her team They address life at McMurdo and what it will be like at their remote field site at WAIS Divide West Antarctic Ice Sheet View Event Project Information Dates 30 November 2014 to 24 January 2015 Location West Antarctic Ice Sheet WAIS Divide Project Funded Title Collaborative Research VeLveT Ice eVoLution of Fabric and Texture in Ice at WAIS Divide West Antarctica

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  • Joint Science Education Project 2013 | PolarTREC
    bed knowing this would be one of the last days we would see each other Nobody wanted to wake up but we all knew we needed to When we were all ready to get up and go we left for the Cantina for breakfast Breakfast was eggs bacon and toast accompanied with a team meeting on what we were going to do today With the finishing of breakfast we headed back to our building When we got back we packed our lunch and saw a presentation given by Dr Lisa Pratt and Sarah Cadieux of Indiana University Their presentation was about the relation between Read Journal 18 July 2013 Cleaning Packing and One Last Spectacular Hike This morning we were all excited to jump in the cars especially the La Vida Loca a Lada Niva car used by the Russians in James Bond movies nicknamed so by Britta Our caravan of trucks and cars rode up to the cantina for breakfast Britta enjoying Ronin s rock music all the way After a filling meal we returned to begin editing our films and packing our bags We attempted to cram in some film clips while others cleaned and the two of us took a short break to pound flowers into fabric in order to stain it After lunch it was time to go souvenir hunting So it was back to La Vida Read Journal 16 July 2013 Last Day at Summit We would be leaving Summit Station today We woke up and packed up our bags Our packs needed to be loaded and put on the sled We also wanted to be in the Big House for breakfast before 8 00 so we wouldn t interrupt the morning meeting where the day is outlined and each crew member and scientist group gives their updated progress report and what they would doing for the day Our group also gave the crew a big thank you for our stay and a student from each of our countries gave a message of gratitude in their native language So we had a message in Greenlandic Danish and English It Read Journal 15 July 2013 Snow Pit Part 2 and Scavenger Hunt submitted by Josefine and Lana The start of this lovely day began similarly to all the others a very cold walk to the Big House a self served breakfast and a meeting with all the workers here at Summit After the meeting where we all talk about what we re doing today we went to the snow pit to take some more samples We met with Dr David Noone and Max Berkelhammer of the University of Colorado Boulder and slowly made our way to the snow pit Once we got there about half the group went into the snow pit and the other half stayed outside to make the wall thinner allowing more light to pass through which makes Read Journal Expedition Resources Estudiantes de High School viajarán a la Antártida en una expedición

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  • Historical Ecology for Risk Management | PolarTREC
    Thank you to everyone that Read Journal 27 July 2013 En route Oh Home My flight from Barrow leaves in only a few hours Thanks again to PolarTREC Anne Garland with ARIES BASC the people of Barrow and everyone else that helped make this trip possible An extra special thank you to my wife Rachael and daughter Mava that supported me in this growing experience I miss the heck out of you two and our dog and I can t wait to get home to you When will PolarTREC research focus on warping and wormholes so that we PolarTREC teachers can make it back to our families as soon as we leave these lovely research sites I ll arrive tomorrow in Read Journal 26 July 2013 Going out with a bang Last day night in Barrow Thank you Anne Garland for your help and guidance and teaching in this project I ve learned SO much from you in regards to risk management and especially the importance of networking It s late and it s been a loooooooooong day not to mention a long 2 weeks I m just going to let the photos do the talking here If you have any questions feel free to ask Whale flippers at Nalukataq Distributing food at Nalukataq that s what this celebration is all about No one has more fun here than the kids They first distributed the cut up whale flipper Read Journal 25 July 2013 Showtime A good ol show Our community event at Tuzzy library went well tonight By 7 00 it seemed as if only 5 or 6 adults would show up for this event geared at children then Anne rallied together a big group 20 of kids that were hiding out in the back of the library It seems that there was another event tonight in Barrow that brought in more than 100 kids That s where they all went In all we had around 30 people show up which was more than I d expected and a good sized group for our purposes The lessons and games went well and the kids couldn t get enough of the free flash drives Read Journal 24 July 2013 Some scientific tours and football what more could you ask for NOAA messin around in Alaska The fact that NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has facilities in Barrow can only be described by the word AWESOME We were able to tour the facilities with Matt the engineer that runs and maintains the station Of the many things going on here I ll explain just a few of the more interesting pieces of equipment Matt was such a cool guy and he showed us all the weather goods 3 intake valves that are used to pull in air to measure the levels of different gases in the atmosphere This guy follows the sun across the sky to Read Journal Expedition Resources A Narrative Pantomime Lesson Arctic About 1 period Middle School

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  • Tectonic History of the Transantarctic Mountains 2013 | PolarTREC
    What A Week During the past week the weather finally lifted and we went to work pulling twelve to fifteen hour days In four days we serviced an unheard of ten sites Quite amazingly on some days we serviced three stations We now have only five sites remaining As we fly from site to site the amount of work varies dramatically At some sites work is minimal and all the team has to do is unbury the electronics box and remove the data from the drives Because of the amount of snow accumulation others require extensive manual labor digging up solar panels Sometimes the stations are not Read Journal 11 November 2013 Bad Weather Has Slowed McMurdo To A Crawl Since we arrived in Antarctic the weather has been dismal Wind gusts average 30 MPH and temperatures hover around 30 to 40 Because of the weather most flights have been delayed Our team is hoping that the weather clears up by Tuesday so we can depart on our first service mission However we are on stand by while other flights crucial to McMurdo Station take priority During this downtime my adventurous nature has led me to explore Ross Island First I ventured to Discovery Hut There Robert Falcon Scott one of the first men to make it to the South Pole during the years of 1901 Read Journal 8 November 2013 What A Difference A Year Makes The endless hours in the air and constantly being seated next to crying babies made me question my choice to return to Antarctica this year I was already missing my wife family and my students However when I finally met up with the team I remembered why I am here The research scientific exploration and relaying information to my students could foster the imagination of the next generation of scientists First day in Antarctica in front of main chalet View from C 17 After arriving in McMurdo I felt like a little kid going back to the amusement park in summer The familiar sites Read Journal 31 October 2013 Here We Go Again As the days draw close and I start to get ready for Antarctica again I am full of excitement Last year I thought I would be experiencing a once in a lifetime opportunity Being gradated the opportunity to return to Antarctica continue research with my team and educate my students has fueled a new level of anticipation This year my thoughts are not exclusive to what Antarctica or my team will be like I now have a better understanding of what to pack a curiosity as to how the seismic stations have faired in the Antarctica winter and a daily I am generating new ideas for educational Read Journal Expedition Resources Samantha Hansen honored by President Obama Web Link Antarctic All Ages This video clip from from Alabama TV 13 News profiles PolarTREC researcher Dr Samantha Hansen s work studying the history of landforms in Antarctica Dr Hansen will be

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  • Joint Antarctic School Expedition 2014 | PolarTREC
    we have been privileged to enjoy all sorts of amazing experiences We returned home with a large number of memories collected during a very short period of time It is hard to believe that we were gone just two weeks that fourteen unforgettable days can transform me the way I feel transformed Read Journal 2 3 April 2014 Warning signs It has been more than a month since we got back from Chile We have had time to catch up with family friends and school We continue to reflect and attempt to make sense of the whole experience There are plenty of stories still stored in the ink bottle and we plan to write them out We do not know who will be reading this journal now that this phase of the expedition is over we nevertheless intend to populate these pages As we travel through Chile we thought of writing this story every time we came across a new warning sign It is enlightening to visit new places and learn about Read Journal 2 Expedition Resources U S and Chile Initiate Antarctic Science Education Effort Article Antarctic Less than 1 period All Ages Download and Share The first Joint Antarctic School Expedition is highlighted in the spring 2014 issue of Witness the Arctic All members of the team contributed to the article that shares their experience View Article Wisconsin Public Television on Student Antarctic Expedition Web Link Antarctic Less than 1 period All Ages n a For three students at Monona Grove High School and their teacher Juan Botella science and travel are best when paired The group recently traveled to Chile to attempt a journey to the Antarctic as part of a science trip Along the way the students documented their trip in detail offering viewers a glimpse into their scientific and cultural experience Tune into Wisconsin Life to find out what View Web Link MG high school students and teacher return from joint expedition Article Antarctic All Ages Download and Share Printed in the Herald Independent about the Joint Antarctic School Expedition Three MG high school students and a teacher returned on Feb 28 from a joint expedition Although the trip did not go as planned it was still a cultural and learning experience for the group View Article JASE Student Experience Webinar Event Antarctic About 1 period The Joint Antarctic School Expedition JASE offered a webinar presentation showcasing the student expedition that was headed to Antarctica but came across various adventures in science along the way View Event U S High School Students Experience Antarctic Science Article Antarctic All Ages Download and Share Pilot program to let U S high school students experience Antarctic science at a Chilean station http www polartrec com expeditions joint antarctic school expedition 2014 Three high school students and a teacher from Wisconsin will participate in a joint pilot program of the U S and Chilean Antarctic programs that will send them to a Chilean research station this February for hands

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