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Devil Snow

RECOVERY LAKES, ANTARCTICA-- We've spent the last 3 weeks, the majority of our science days, in a region known as Recovery Lakes, or the Lake District as we affectionately call it. This system of several lakes, recently discovered, are subglacial-- that is, they are below... {Read More »}



One Month in the Deep Field, Part 4

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND-- The other science component of the project is to image the subglacial lake underneath Whillans Ice Stream. To do this, we set off a series of explosions... {Read More »}



Escorting Dynamite Through Siple Dome

WHILLANS ICE STREAM / ICE STREAM B, ANTARCTICA-- In these two audio dispatches, I describe our journey to our field site via a stop at Siple Dome station. In part one, hear about the difficulties involved in escorting 700 pounds of explosives through Antarctica. In part two, hear about our combat-style landing... {Read More »}



Antarctic Life: A Look Back At Our Time In the Field, Part 3

The members of our team are now either home or still in the process of making their way there. Looking back at our time in the field here in Antarctica, I want to share some… {Read More »}



Finishing Our Field Work

In this latest audio dispatch, I describe the end of our field work here--taking down our camp and setting our devices so they continue to collect data for us for the next two years. In… {Read More »}



Caught in the Storm

WHILLANS ICE STREAM, ANTARCTICA-- In this audio dispatch I describe the storm that temporarily halted our research and left us stranded in our tents. Listen to the sounds of the storm when I stick the… {Read More »}



The Crevasse Encounter

In this audio dispatch I describe our first (and hopefully last!) encounter with a crevasse. … {Read More »}



Seeing Lake Mercer through the Ice

In this audio dispatch I describe a major achievement in our project: using radar technology to see Lake Mercer beneath the ice, gathering important data on the lake, and setting up instruments that will enable… {Read More »}



Crevasse Safety and Mental llusions

Any time we travel to a new area, we take a series of precautions to avoid crevasses. First, we look at high-resolution radar and visible light satellite images that show many of the crevasses and… {Read More »}



Mission from Siple Dome

In this audio dispatch, I describe how we were grounded at the Siple Dome airstrip on our way to our field site. As the weather would not permit us to continue for at least three… {Read More »}