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Exploratorium media specialists and producers are traveling to Alaska, Greenland, and Antarctica to produce videos, webcasts, and other media on polar science for Ice Stories. Check out our crew dispatches for a slice of life in the field at the top and bottom of the world.

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Pure as the Driven Snow

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA -- (By Lisa Strong-Aufhauser) Even the snow on top of the Greenland ice sheet is not as pure as you’d think. Dr. Joe McConnell from the Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nevada, studies the impurities... {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 »}


MCMURDO STATION, ANTARCTICA-- (By Ron Hipschman) Why do the hands on clocks go "clockwise?" Seems like a circular definition, but if you looked closely at sundials in the northern hemisphere, you'd notice that the shadow of the sun moves around the sundial... {Read More »}

Black Island Panorama

MCMURDO STATION, ANTARCTICA-- (By Ron Hipschman) Black Island acts as the communication center for Antarctica. All Radio (HF and VHF), data (internet) and TV goes through this island before reaching the main U.S. base, McMurdo Station... {Read More »}

Panoramic View of the South Pole

SOUTH POLE STATION, ANTARCTICA-- (By Ron Hipschman) Both the new South Pole Station (the large grey building), and the old South Pole Station (the half-buried geodesic dome) can be seen in this panorama. You can see the ceremonial pole surrounded by flags... {Read More »}

The Elves of McMurdo

MCMURDO STATION, ANTARCTICA-- (By Mary Miller and John Weller) In the middle of an interview last Sunday, we were distracted by a mob of elves and Santas making the rounds at McMurdo station. John caught it all on video... {Read More »}

McMurdo Studio Tour

MCMURDO STATION, ANTARCTICA-- (By Lisa Strong-Aufhauser) You've seen parts of it during our live webcasts, but Mary and Ron give us a full tour of the Exploratorium webcast studio here at McMurdo Station. This won't take long! {Read More »}

Beneath the Bridge

MCMURDO STATION, ANTARCTICA-- (By Ron Hipschman) Sometimes, when walking around McMurdo Station, one can encounter some interesting things. When we walk from the cafeteria to our office in Crary Lab, we take a little bridge to get over some pipes. In over a week of crossing that bridge many times a day, I never noticed what was lurking beneath... {Read More »}


MCMURDO STATION, ANTARCTICA-- (By Ron Hipschman) Solomon helps remote field camps with food. Today we found him making up one of the most important foods - gorp. Check out the cool tool he uses to mix the tasty treat... {Read More »}


MCMURDO STATION, ANTARCTICA-- (By Ron Hipschman) Peggy Malloy is THE person you want to be friends with if you are going out into the field with decent food. She is responsible for the field camp food stores... {Read More »}