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Ross Sea Voyage 2024: Sunset sea ice

Ross Sea Voyage Update #10: Sea ice, sunsets and science

Date: 2024
Type: Update
Summary: As the vessel works its way south into the Joides Trough, the team is seeing some spectacular sunsets and sharing some incredible imagery, while collecting biophysical baseline data.
Ross Sea Voyage 2024: Sea ice

Ross Sea Voyage Update #9: Sheltering in sea ice

Date: 2024
Type: Update
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.
Tamara Pletzer downloads data from the soil sensors in front of Canada Glacier. Photo: Ian Hawes

Deploying soil sensors in Taylor Valley

Date: 2023
Type: Science
Authors: Antarctic Science Platform
Summary: Collecting a year’s worth of soil temperature and moisture data in the McMurdo Dry Valleys to validate remote monitoring approaches.
Thermal Bird in the air over Canada Glacier in Taylor Valley. Photo: Eva Bendix Nielsen

Thermal bird survey of surface environments in the Taylor Valley

Date: 2023
Type: Science
Authors: Antarctic Science Platform
Summary: A newly developed infrared and visible camera system, a thermal bird, has been used to survey different Antarctic surface environments in the McMurdo Dry Valleys.
Artwork depicting change in Antarctic sea-ice conditions. Photo: Marte Hofsteenge. CC BY-NC-ND.

Ant-ART-ica: Using art to communicate Antarctic research

Date: 2023
Type: People
Authors: Antarctic Science Platform
Summary: PhD student Marte Hofsteenge is exploring the use of art to communicate with a wider audience about research in Antarctica.
Drilling a rock core at the Friis Hills, 2016 photo Richard Levy medium

Friis Hills drilling project: New findings

Uncovering secrets of the past to understand our future
Date: 2023
Type: Update
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.
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Under thinning ice at Lake Fryxell

Date: 2023
Type: Update
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.
Tangaroa

Tangaroa voyage: Land-sea connectivity in the Ross Sea coastal environment

Date: 2023
Type: Update
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.

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