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three men are sitting in a tent reading books
Science at the Poles — Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears
Photo: Geology team members Brian McCullough, Mike Cheadle, and Jeff Gee go over notes in their field camp tent near Dufek Massif in the Pensacola Mountains, Antarctica. Photo courtesy of Bill Meurer, National Science Foundation.
a person sitting in the snow on a sled with dogs behind them and one dog pulling him
Polar Explorers — Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears
Photo: Will Steger Foundation 2007 Baffin Island Expedition, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada. An 3 month dogsled expedition to draw attention to the impact of global warming on the Arctic and the traditional Inuit way of life. www.globalwarming101.com
a man wearing a mask covered in snow
Keeping Warm — Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears
Photo: Lisa Harding, who works at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, shows off her frozen face. Photo courtesy of Lisa Harding, National Science Foundation.
people walking in the snow with flags on their heads and holding poles, all wearing jackets
Polar Festivals — Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears
Photo: The South Pole ceremonial pole and flags are moved as part of the new station dedication ceremony. The ceremonial pole is candy-cane striped with a silver ball on top and is always surrounded by the flags of the original 12 signatory nations to the Antarctic Treaty. Photo courtesy of Glenn Grant, National Science Foundation.
two people in red coats are digging through the snow with rocks and shovels on a snowy mountain
Rocks and Minerals — Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears
Photo: Andrew Barth (L) and Devon Brecke (R) collect glacial moraine samples in the Miller Range of the Transantarctic Mountains. Photo courtesy of John Goodge, National Science Foundation.
Photo: U.S. Antarctic Program participants are dressed to withstand cold weather and low wind chills. Photo courtesy of Josh Landis, National Science Foundation. Extreme Cold Weather, Punta Arenas, Christchurch New Zealand, Fur Hood Coat, Weather And Climate, Cold Weather Outfits, Its Cold Outside, Fur Hood
Weather and Climate: From Home to the Poles — Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears
Photo: U.S. Antarctic Program participants are dressed to withstand cold weather and low wind chills. Photo courtesy of Josh Landis, National Science Foundation.
a person standing in the middle of a field on a foggy day
Antarctica Photo Library
A person walking through a ground blizzard at the South Pole. Photograph by: Sven Lidstrom, National Science Foundation, Date Taken: October 22, 2012
a woman sitting on top of a pile of rocks next to two seagulls
Antarctica Photo Library
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
a large piece of metal with a ruler on it's side next to a window
Multimedia Gallery - | NSF
A section of ice core with a thick layer of sediment in the middle. The core was retrieved from Lake Vida in Antarctica at a depth of ~21 meters. This research was conducted as part of the 2010 Lake Vida expedition, the purpose of which was to access the isolated and ice-bound brine ecosystem and underlying sediments in this unusual, mostly frozen lake--one of the highest and coldest of the McMurdo Dry Valleys. Credit: Alison E Murray, Desert Research Institute, Reno, Nev.
a large iceberg with mountains in the background
Multimedia Gallery - Distant view of Palmer Station | NSF
A distant view of Palmer Station, the smallest of the three United States research stations in Antarctica. It is located on Anvers Island, near the Antarctic Peninsula. All of the stations are operated by the National Science Foundation's U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP). Further information about USAP is available Here. (Date of Image: June 2006) Credit: Glenn E. Grant, National Science Foundation
the bow of a ship in rough seas with waves coming towards it and another boat out on the water
Even in Winter, Life Persists in Arctic Seas- All Images | NSF
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
a man wearing scuba gear and holding up a jellyfish in the water with his thumb up
Antarctica Photo Library
Dug Coons, research diver, reaches out to a jelly fish 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.
a man is standing on an ice floet looking at a whale in the water
Antarctica Photo Library
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 areas
penguins are standing in front of a large ship
Antarctica Photo Library
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.
two flags are in the snow next to a sign
Antarctica Photo Library
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.