Archive for the ‘Antarctica’ Category

Go north young man

As a kid on our family vacations out west to see my grandparents, both in California and later Arizona, tumbleweed were not an uncommon sight. So when I read this article entitled “Snowball ‘Tumbleweeds’ Blow Across Antartica” by Kacey Deamer over at Live Science, imagine my surprise.

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Antarctica geology

So I started reading the book Roadside Geology of Missouri by Charles G. Spencer this week and I have to say, it’s a hard read but only in the fact that it’s chock full of information. Fortunately I’ve read enough to at least begin to understand this article on Antarctica.

The article is entitled “Scientists may have solved a key riddle about Antarctica — and you’re not going to like the answer over at the Washington Post. Now, back to the book.

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From the top to the bottom of the Ocean

Despite the fact that nearly 70% of the earth is covered in water, we seem to know very little about it, particularly that which is in our oceans. Take for example this article over at the New York Times by Carl Zimmer about what’s on top entitled “In Ocean’s Teeming Top Layer, Scientists Find a Microbe Haven“.

While down at the bottom (of Lake Whillan in Antartica) researchers have brought up samples 2,625 feet (800 meters) below the surface of the ice, also looking for microbes and other signs of life. You can read about it in “Antartic Drilling Team Nabs 1st Samples of Buried Lake” by Becky Oskin at LiveScience or at National Geographic in “Life Found Deep Under Antartic Ice for First Time? U.S. Scientists Discover Microbes in Lake a Half-Mile Under the Surface” by Marc Kaufman. They’re both good reads.

Hmmm! There seems to be a theme here.

So I’ll go ahead and throw in this article about microbes to give you an idea (if you haven’t already figured it out) how tough they are. The article is “Stormy Weather is No Match for Microbes” by Alex Reshanov over at EarthSky.

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On an educational note

Speaking of Polar Bears, here’s a great article on an amazing lady teaching her students about Antarctica and all it has to offer. The article is “Harlem to Antarctica for Science, and Pupils” by Sara Rimer at the New York Times.

Enjoy!

 

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