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11 March 2022

#AntarcticLog: Coming together for science

My Twitter feed is full of calls for peace. And last week’s #AntarcticLog post had a call for “more science!” Coming right up. Actually, Antarctica is proof that we can have peace and science, and that the countries of the world can come together to secure it. 

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4 March 2022

#AntarcticLog: A season at Palmer Station

Palmer is on Anvers Island on the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, a prime location for biology, such as Oregon State University researcher Thomas DesVignes’ study of icefish, aided by fishing from the deck of the Laurence M. Gould. Palmer’s supply ship…

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28 February 2022

Earth science storytelling with community science

The standard scientific method begins with an observation. Then the scientist will create a hypothesis, collect evidence, test their theory, analyze data, and make a final conclusion. So much goes on behind the scenes before that data is available to the public and most people are even aware of a problem.

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25 February 2022

#AntarcticLog: Give me Shackleton

What can I say — Ernest Shackleton just kills me. Yes, Roald Amundsen was the first to reach the South Pole, and by goal-oriented criteria was the most successful. In a certain kind of heroic sense, Scott wins many hearts.  But, as the saying goes, “Give me Shackleton.” He’s the one who got every single man of the Transantarctic Expedition home alive, though he left their ship, Endurance, to the Weddell Sea. 

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18 February 2022

#AntarcticLog: Being a Roughneck

Meet Ian Cortez, a roughneck (driller) working to bring sediment up from the seafloor to give scientists data that will allow them to tell the story of Antarctica’s deep past. Ian’s a second-generation roughneck, inspired by his father, who did as Ian is doing — leaving home and family in the Philippines to work at sea aboard the JR. 

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11 February 2022

#AntarcticLog: Where is that giant ice chunk now?

How long has that big chunk of Larsen C ice shelf called A-68A been floating around the Southern Ocean? Almost the whole time I’ve been drawing #AntarcticLog comics. Number 7 reported on its calving in the Weddell Sea.  Some chunk! Its area was equivalent to the entire state of Delaware. 

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4 February 2022

#AntarcticLog: The Melting Continent

#AntarcticLog is a series of comics by Karen Romano Young. You can find the originals here. Here are a few questions I get asked:   Who are you writing for?  Why do you draw as much as write?  Who is the audience for these comics?  The underlying assumption, at times, is that comics are for kids.  After all, the other arm of my work is creating books for audiences ages 8 …

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28 January 2022

#AntarcticLog: How much? How Fast?

How Much? How Fast? 

That’s the big question International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration scientists are digging into as they explore above, below, and beyond this immense, powerful, thawing glacier. 

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24 January 2022

Science Communication Through Writing

By Grace Cajski In the summer of 2021—the closing months of my gap year—I researched Hawaiian fishpond aquaculture on Oʻahu. I spoke with more than forty scientists, nonprofit leaders, aquaculturists, conservationists, and fishpond caretakers in interviews and informal get-togethers. I learned about the history of the fishponds, about their restoration, about their efforts to grow fish, and about the problems they’re facing today. My goal was to write stories about …

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21 January 2022

#AntarcticLog: Giant glaciers & robotic friends

My post last week included a big comic about Julia Wellner and the International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration (ITGC).  It featured a tiny comic showing Ran, the Hugin AUV (autonomous underwater vehicle) that would become the first robot to explore under the glacier. 

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