Monthly Archives: October 2012

Microbial Mud

Today started in the not so usual fashion. Rory woke up raring to go and headed to the gym. En route he pulled a muscle in his back and that pretty much ended his day at around 7am. We were … Continue reading

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A different day

For the last two days, Rory and I have been staring through microscopes.  I’ve been enamored with the microscopic world while he has been counting little glowing dots in the dark.  But I think we both have been thinking about … Continue reading

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Ice thickness and temperature

Julia McFarland’s 7th Grade science class from Egan Junior High School from Los Altos, CA asks: How thick is the ice and when you jump in how cold is it? The ice is currently right around 1.4 meters thick or … Continue reading

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Mystery Peaks and Walls

As the season progresses a few things happen. The visibility in the water gets worse, the station gets crowded, and other animals start showing up. While this normally just means seals that have come up to pup, there are also … Continue reading

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Employee of the month

We recently completed another crucial time point (week 4) in our big 6 week experiment. WOO WHOOO!!! The end is near. All the live animals have been sorted and the rest of the samples preserved for later analysis. A huge … Continue reading

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Happy Camper

On Monday and Tuesday we had Happy Camper, which means spending a night outdoors getting a genuine taste of the Antarctica field experience. The goal of the course is to provide Antarctic survival training on what to do in case … Continue reading

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A day of dives

We arrived back from our survival training having successfully survived. Today we went north to help out a fellow science group. Since there are only three approved divers on station at the moment and we always (both by requirement and common sense) dive with a … Continue reading

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Ask Scientist: How cold is the water?

Dear Polar Scientists, I like to watch Frozen Planet on tv because it’s interesting because there’s lots of strange creatures that live in the arctic. My favorite is the Woolly Bear caterpillar.   My question to you is; What is the … Continue reading

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Ask A Scientist: How does your equipment handle the cold?

My question is what’s the extreme ratings for the equipment you use, and since it would seem that some would be life dependent are you required to bring redundant equipment for the expeditions you go on? Your Concerned Uncle Dave | … Continue reading

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We’ll return after this brief excursion into the wilderness…

We’re off to a 2-day Field Safety Training Program (FSTP) Snow School course, which means sleeping out in the elements and no time for blogging. We’ll be back soon with more adventure stories!

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