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How long do ice holes stick around?

A student in Julia McFarland’s class at Egan Junior High asked “how often do you have to redrill the holes in the ice.” The answer is… well it depends. Two factors really impact this 1) how often you tend to … 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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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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Ask A Scientist: The amazing shape shifting octopus

From Hill’s Hope Academy, homeschoolers in Plano, Illinois: That first picture of the octopus is amazing!  But later you show it very small in the palm of your hand.  Does is really get that small? Or are they two different … Continue reading

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Ask A Scientist: Can anyone go to Antarctica?

These questions come from Tracey Rojo’s IB Biology class at Tucker High School in Atlanta, Georgia: Is it possible to go to Antarctica without being affiliated with a research team at a university? And what do you do for fun? … Continue reading

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Ask A Scientist: Under the Ice

From Tucker High School in Atlanta, Georgia: When you dive under the ice, how long do you stay under the ice with each dive? Even with the special scuba diving gear, do you still feel cold when you are under … Continue reading

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Ask A Scientist: Wildlife

From Tucker High School in Atlanta, Georgia: What kind of animals live in Antarctica? Do they live there year round? The only animals that live at McMurdo station year round (except for humans) are the Weddell Seals. They survive the … Continue reading

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Ask A Scientist: Food

From Tucker High School in Atlanta, Georgia What kind of food is available for the scientists to eat at McMurdo Station and where is it grown? We eat almost entirely food that is flown in or brought in by ship … Continue reading

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