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Extreme Melt Season Leads to Decade-Long Ecosystem Changes in Antarctica's Dry Valleys
News  /  Wednesday August 9, 2017
An abnormal season of intense glacial melt in 2002 triggered multiple distinct changes in the physical and biological characteristics of Antarctica's McMurdo Dry Valleys over the ensuing decade, new research funded by...

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Methane-Eating Bacteria in Antarctic Lake May Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
News  /  Friday August 4, 2017
An interdisciplinary team of researchers funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) has concluded that bacteria in a lake 800 meters (2,600 feet) beneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet may digest methane,...

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U.S. National Ice Core Laboratory Featured in New York Times Magazine Piece on Global Repositories
News  /  Tuesday July 18, 2017
The NSF-funded laboratory, in Lakewood, Colo., which stores, curates, and studies ice cores recovered from around the world--including the Arctic and Antarctic--is among the facilities worldwide featured in a July 13 New...

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The Prehistoric Forests of the Frozen Continent
News  /  Thursday July 13, 2017
Paleontologists uncovered the fossil remnants of the oldest forest yet discovered in Antarctica. At about 270 million years old, the fossils come from an extinct species of tree known as Glossopteris. The...

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Notice: Flight Operations To and From McMurdo Station Jul 31, 2017

Notice: Flight Operations To and From McMurdo Station

Conditions at the new Phoenix compacted-snow runway prevent the use of wheeled aircraft during the warm part of the austral summer. This situation, along with other operational constraints, will limit the number of flights to and from McMurdo Station in support of science and operations from approximately December 9, 2017, until February 1, 2018.

Short to Head Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics Section Jul 18, 2017

Short to Head Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics Section

Stephanie Short, a former official of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), has been appointed to head OPPÂ’s Antarctic Infrastructure and Logistics Section (AIL), effective August 20, 2017. Short has more than twenty years of experience in project management and operations with the Department of Energy (DOE).

Sheppard Assumes New Role Within Antarctic Logistics Section
New Office of Polar Programs (OPP) Safety and Occupational Health Policy


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Take a look at the National Science Foundations's plans for the future of science and logistics in Antarctica.

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International Jazz Day is celebrated at South Pole Station

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