Antarctic Secrets Archives - State of the Planet

Celebrating the end of the Antarctic field season

It is the end of a highly successful field season for our ‘Antarctica’s Secrets’ team – a mix of sadness and joy

by |February 17, 2011

Glacial deposits: A clue to reconstructing the history of the Antarctic ice sheet

Having been joined by a fifth team member, Tim Flood from St Norbert College, our “Antarctica Secrets” team sets out to a new field site near Mount Achernar.

by |February 10, 2011

How to cross a crevasse zone on the Antarctic ice sheet

Back at the Central Transantarctic Mountain camp, our ‘Antarctica Secrets’ team figures out the best way to cross a crevasse zone to get to their next field camp at Mt Achernar.

by |February 6, 2011

Moraines and spaghetti in the Transantarctic Mountains

Our Antarctica Secret’s team starts collecting samples at their first remote field site at Mt Howe, Transantarctic Mountains, about 180 miles from the South Pole.

by |January 31, 2011

Setting up camp 184 miles from the South Pole

Our field team flies from McMurdo to their first base camp, named CTAM, which stands for Central Transantarctic Mountains. This camp is set up by the US National Science Foundation every 5 to 10 years, with input from scientists on the cutting edge research that can be done in the region.

by |January 28, 2011

Survival training in Antarctica – aka Happy Camper

Mike Kaplan and Nicole Bader, first-timers in Antarctica, report from taking their basic survival training at McMurdo Station in Antarctica, aka ‘Happy Campers’

by |January 20, 2011

Antarctic Impressions

Kathy Licht, an “old hat” of Antarctic field research and part of the Antarctica’s Secrets team, shares her impressions how it feels to be back on the ice.

by |January 3, 2011

A beautiful day in Antarctica

Having picked up their extreme weather gear in New Zealand, our Antarctica’s Secrets team lands on Antarctica and settles in McMurdo station where they will be trained and prepared for their camping trip to the Transantarctic mountains.

by |December 28, 2010

Gearing up in New Zealand

After months of waiting, our Antarctica’s Secrets team leaves Los Angeles on a non stop 12 hour flight to New Zealand. Their first stop is Christchurch, New Zealand, where they pick up their extreme weather clothing for the trip to Antarctica.

by |December 25, 2010

Antarctica’s Secrets

Understanding the historical context and dynamics of Antarctica’s massive ice sheets is critical for modeling future changes that have the potential to impact the globe, including significant contributions to sea level rise.

by |December 19, 2010