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Number I love love love penguins and wish to one day visit their habitat before climate change and human destruction fully effects their habitats. Madrid, Gentoo Penguin, Les Continents, Paddle Boat, Tug Boats, Pontoon Boat, Power Boats, Photo Library, Research

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Gentoo penguins watch the research vessel Laurence M. Gould near Petermann Island. The Gould is one of two research vessels operated by the National Science Foundation.

The Research Vessel NATHANIEL B. PALMER in Barilari Bay, Antarctic Peninsula. The NBP is on a two-month science expedition to the Larsen B Embayment once occupied by a major ice shelf. In 2002, the ice shelf collapsed in a million pieces, leaving only a shard of the Larsen B Ice Shelf and a rapidly changed ecosystem in its wake. The ice shelf had been in place for at least 10,000 years. Sea Level Rise, Greenhouse Gases, What A Wonderful World, Antarctica, Global Warming, Photo Library, Wonders Of The World, Airplane View, Waves

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The research vessel Nathaniel B. Palmer in Barilari Bay, Antarctic Peninsula. The NBP is on a two-month science expedition to the Larsen B Embayment once occupied by a major ice shelf. In 2002, the ice shelf collapsed in a million pieces, leaving only a shard of the Larsen B Ice Shelf and a rapidly changed ecosystem in its wake. The ice shelf had been in place for at least 10,000 years. Read more about this science expedition in The Antarctic Sun article.

A person walking through a ground blizzard at the South Pole. Photograph by: Sven Lidstrom, National Science Foundation, Date Taken: October 2012 National Science Foundation, Survival Instinct, What Is Meant, 90 Degrees, Antarctica, Photo Library, Remote, October, Photograph

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A person walking through a ground blizzard at the South Pole.

NASA researcher Margarita Marinova drills a core from the ice pack at the head of University Valley in the McMurdo Dry Valleys. The ice core will be analyzed for composition of the ice and the air bubbles, which may provide information on the age of the snow pack in the valley. Since snow packs don't flow like glaciers, it is possible that the snow pack is quite old. Old ice is a great window into the climatic history of the area. Marinova is a member of Jen Heldmann and Chris McKay's NASA… Ice Pack, Antarctica, Photo Library, Winter Jackets, Drills, Margarita, Nasa, Flow, Composition

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NASA researcher Margarita Marinova drills a core from the ice pack at the head of University Valley in the McMurdo Dry Valleys. The ice core will be analyzed for composition of the ice and the air bubbles, which may provide information on the age of the snow pack in the valley. Since snow packs don't flow like glaciers, it is possible that the snow pack is quite old. Old ice is a great window into the climatic history of the area. Marinova is a member of Jen Heldmann and Chris McKay's NASA…

A killer whale swims toward Wayne Perryman, who is standing on a piece of ice in McMurdo Sound. Researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Southwest Fisheries Science Center are studying the whales to determine if there are three separate species of Antarctic killer whales. The Antarctic Conservation Act (Public Law 95-541) formalizes U.S. adherence to all Antarctic Treaty conservation rules. Participants must obtain a permit to go into specially protected… Thing 1, Close Proximity, Marine Biology, Killer Whales, Antarctica, Sea Creatures, Photo Library, Conservation, Mammals

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A killer whale swims toward Wayne Perryman, who is standing on a piece of ice in McMurdo Sound. Researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Southwest Fisheries Science Center are studying the whales to determine if there are three separate species of Antarctic killer whales.The Antarctic Conservation Act (Public Law 95-541) formalizes U.S. adherence to all Antarctic Treaty conservation rules. Participants must obtain a permit to go into specially protected…

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Multimedia Gallery - Distant view of Palmer Station | NSF

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A spring storm at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station brought record-breaking wind gusts of 58 mph on September This photo was taken on September National Science Foundation, Electronic Media, Antarctica, Photo Library, Wind Turbine, September 21, Travel, 90 Degrees, Image

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A spring storm at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station brought record-breaking wind gusts of 58 mph on September 27. This photo was taken on September 21.

Donna Patterson-Fraser handles a giant petrel chick near the Antarctic Peninsula. She and other members of Dr. Bill Fraser's field team closely monitor the huge scavenger-predators as part of a larger ecological study. Photograph by: Peter Rejcek, National Science Foundation, Date Taken: January 19, 2010 National Science Foundation, Antarctica, Photo Library, Predator, Ecology, Monitor, Larger, January, Photograph

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Donna Patterson-Fraser handles a giant petrel chick near the Antarctic Peninsula. She and other members of Bill Fraser's field team closely monitor the huge scavenger-predators as part of a larger ecological study. To learn more, visit the Palmer LTER website.

USCGC Healy breaking through the Bering Sea waves. Results of research cruise to Bering, Chukchi and Beaufort seas surprise scientists and may have implications for climate modeling Us Coast Guard, Mission Accomplished, Sea Waves, New Image, Scientists, Seas, Arctic, Modeling, Cruise

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Dug Coons, research diver, reaches out to a jelly fish while diving in McMurdo Sound. The salt water remains at degrees C, which minimizes the length of time divers can remain under the sea ice to about 40 minutes. Sea Ice, Tide Pools, Manatee, Open Water, Salt And Water, Antarctica, Underwater Photography, Jellyfish, Snorkeling

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Doug Coons, research diver, reaches out to a jellyfish while diving in McMurdo Sound. The salt water remains at -1.5 degrees C, which minimizes the length of time divers can remain under the sea ice to about 40 minutes.