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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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Bohnhoff Joins OPP as Polar Environmental, Safety and Health Section Head new item Aug 17, 2017

Bohnhoff Joins OPP as Polar Environmental, Safety and Health Section Head

Scott Bohnhoff has been appointed to head OPP's Polar Environmental, Safety and Health section, effective Sept. 5th 2017. Bohnhoff has more than 30 years of experience in executing occupational-safety, fire-protection, industrial-hygiene and environmental programs, both in the federal government and the private sector.

Burns Joins OPP as Antarctic Integrated System Science Program Director new item Aug 17, 2017

Burns Joins OPP as Antarctic Integrated System Science Program Director

Jennifer Burns, a professor of biological sciences at the University of Alaska Anchorage, has joined OPP's Antarctic Sciences Section as program director for Antarctic Integrated System Science. Burns replaces Paul Cutler, who is now OPP's Antarctic glaciology program director.

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International Jazz Day is celebrated at South Pole Station

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