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All Kinds of Diatoms

ABOARD THE RVIB N. B. PALMER, ON THE SOUTHERN OCEAN-- After 4 days in transit we arrived at Clarence Island near the South Shetlands. It is too windy to test our new instruments here. So we turn northeast and after 8 more hours we arrive at the C18A iceberg... {Read More »}

Adios Punta Arenas

ABOARD THE RVIB N. B. PALMER, ON THE SOUTHERN OCEAN-- Adios Punta Arenas, Chile. Hello Research Vessel and Ice Breaker, Nathaniel B. Palmer. We, the crew, support staff and scientists of the NBP Iceberg Cruise III, left port in Punta Arenas on March 6th to begin our 40-day cruise... {Read More »}

Glaciers and the Simple Life in Antarctica’s Dry Valleys

TAYLOR VALLEY, DRY VALLEYS, ANTARCTICA-- In this interview from in front of the Canada Glacier in Antarctica’s Taylor Valley, Hassan Basagic from Portland State University describes the essential role of polar glaciers in supporting the bare-bones ecosystems in the Dry Valleys... {Read More »}

The Sound of Ice

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA-- (By Dia Felix and Wayne Grim) Terje Isungset is one of Europe's most accomplished and innovative percussionists. He crafts his own instruments from natural elements found in Norway such as arctic birch, granite, slate and even ice... {Read More »}

Interview with Todd Carmichael

SOUTH POLE STATION, ANTARCTICA-- In November 2008, Todd Carmichael set out on a quest to become the first American to ski from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole solo and unassisted. The South Pole was 600 nautical miles away. Just several miles into the journey, his ski bindings broke. He continued on foot... {Read More »}