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NSF, U.K. Jointly Support Research Into Fate of Massive Antarctic Glacier
News  /  Friday October 21, 2016
The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.K. Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) have announced that they will jointly fund as much as $25 million in research, and make available additional funding...

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Season of Intense Melting in Antarctica Offers Insights Into Continent's Future
News  /  Monday October 17, 2016
A single season of intense melting that affected Antarctica between 2001 and 2002 offers new insights into the southernmost continent's ecological future and the potential impact of climate change worldwide, according to...

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Analysis of Fossilized Antarctic Bird's 'Voice Box' Suggests Dinosaurs Couldn't Sing
News  /  Wednesday October 12, 2016
The oldest-known vocal organ of a bird has been found in an Antarctic fossil that is related to ducks and geese and lived during the age of the dinosaurs, more than 66...

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Mars' "Wharton Ridge" Named in Honor of Astrobiologist Bob Wharton
News  /  Tuesday October 11, 2016
NASA's robotic rover Opportunity captured this image of Wharton Ridge, which is part of Mars' Marathon Valley. The ridge is named for Robert A. Wharton (1951-2012), who once served as an executive...

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U.S. Antarctic Program Investigator Dies in Snowmobile Accident new item Oct 23, 2016

U.S. Antarctic Program Investigator Dies in Snowmobile Accident

Dr. Gordon Hamilton, University of Maine Climate Change Institute, Orono, Maine, was fatally injured when the snow machine he was riding went into a crevasse. Hamilton's team was camped in a heavily crevassed area known as the Shear Zone (SZ), approximately 25 miles south of McMurdo Station, the largest of the three U.S. research stations in Antarctica.

Statement From Dr. Kelly K. Falkner on the Death in Antarctica of Gordon Hamilton new item Oct 23, 2016

Statement From Dr. Kelly K. Falkner on the Death in Antarctica of Gordon Hamilton

On behalf of all of us in the National Science Foundation’s Division of Polar Programs, which manages the U.S. Antarctic Program, I wish to express our deepest sympathies and regrets to the family, friends, and colleagues of Gordon Hamilton, who died this weekend while conducting field research in Antarctica.

New NSF Solicitation: The Future of Thwaites Glacier and its Contribution to Sea-level Rise
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A site map of the proposed new McMurdo Station taken from the NSF Blue Ribbon Panel Report

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