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Antarctic Secrets

  • Celebrating the end of the Antarctic field season

    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

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

    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.

  • How to cross a crevasse zone on the Antarctic ice sheet

    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.

  • Moraines and spaghetti in the Transantarctic Mountains

    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.

  • Setting up camp 184 miles from the South Pole

    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.

  • Survival training in Antarctica – aka Happy Camper

    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’

  • Antarctic Impressions

    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.

  • A beautiful day in Antarctica

    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.

  • Gearing up in New Zealand

    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.

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  • Celebrating the end of the Antarctic field season

    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

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

    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.

  • How to cross a crevasse zone on the Antarctic ice sheet

    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.

  • Moraines and spaghetti in the Transantarctic Mountains

    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.

  • Setting up camp 184 miles from the South Pole

    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.

  • Survival training in Antarctica – aka Happy Camper

    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’

  • Antarctic Impressions

    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.

  • A beautiful day in Antarctica

    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.

  • Gearing up in New Zealand

    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.