Summary: The team are hiding in the pack ice! But between the storms, they’ve managed to undertake about 36 hours of science activities, including moorings, CTD profiles, a zooplankton trawl and recovery of a sediment trap.
Uncovering secrets of the past to understand our future
Authors: GNS Science
Summary: The paleoenvironmental and paleontological information and data that these sediment cores contain are critical to guide our understanding of Antarctica’s past climatic and glacial conditions. Scientists continue to examine and re-examine these valuable repositories.
Summary: In January, divers were able to return to the bottom of Lake Fryxell in the McMurdo Dry Valleys. Waikato University professor Ian Hawes donned his dive suit as part of a NZ-US team carrying out long-term ecological monitoring. They found that the ice on the lake is thinning, and this is changing the microbial life that grows in this extreme environment. Videographer Anthony Powell worked with the divers to bring back pictures from the bottom of the lake, and TVNZ's Laura Frykberg helped tell the story.
Summary: Researchers returned recently from a 6-week research voyage aboard the RV Tangaroa to the Southern Ocean and Ross Sea region of Antarctica. Dr Sarah Seabrook went searching for seafloor seeps of subglacial fluids into the ocean.