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10 March 2023

#AntarcticLog: To the dogs

It’s on! What’s on? The Iditarod — 98 years after the history-making dog sled run, the dogs are off again, and that means it’s on. 

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3 March 2023

#AntarcticLog: Branching Out 

Coral keeps on doing the unexpected — as in this week’s two stories from vastly different coral ecosystems. 

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24 February 2023

#AntarcticLog: Being Berg 

So you’ve always wanted to be an iceberg, to travel the world, bestowing fresh water and, just in general, being awesome? Here’s how: 

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17 February 2023

#AntarcticLog: Ice is cool

Ice, my friends, is anything but basic.  It does strange and unexpected things, foiling even modelers. This week’s #AntarcticLog reviews an essential principle or two. 

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10 February 2023

#AntarcticLog: From the top

This week’s #AntarcticLog heads to the Arctic to report on the latest from Washington, D.C.

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3 February 2023

#AntarcticLog: Getting there

As the sea level rises, so many of us will be seeking higher ground.  This week, I feature a new podcast using that name.  It sits at that intersection of so many matters of my heart — climate change, public information, kids, science identity — and, what’s more, it’s situated where I grew up. 

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27 January 2023

#AntarcticLog: #FridaysforFuture

I’ve made no secret of my admiration for youth climate activists around the world. This week’s #AntarcticLog features four from Kenya and Uganda, along with quotes from their social media posts. 

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20 January 2023

#AntarcticLog: Antarctic Bears

When you think of Antarctic beasts, the tardigrade might not be the first to come to mind. But new research from the British Antarctic Survey shows that the ones in Antarctica represent a divergence hailing back to the time when the continent was cut off from the rest of the world. 

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13 January 2023

#AntarcticLog: Ecosystem Services 

What makes an animal a hero? Maybe it’s the services it naturally supplies to its ecosystem — services that may help plants, waterways, other animals, and yes, humans. Some researchers are even coming up with dollar amounts that people would have to pay for the services beavers provide. 

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6 January 2023

#AntarcticLog: Happy New Year!

The South Pole is as mysterious to me as it is to you. I rely on other people’s stories to get a sense of what it’s like.  This one’s from Guy Guthridge, and I appreciate it. Even more, I appreciate Guy, who founded the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artists and Writers program. I’m always looking for ways to get back to the ice — in person or through stories like this. 

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