The McMurdo Dry Valleys are located on the western coast of McMurdo Sound and form the largest relatively ice-free area on the Antarctic continent. Characterized by extreme cold and little precipitation, the Dry Valleys is a region where life approaches its environmental limits and the ideal location for Long Term Ecological Research (LTER), an interdisciplinary study of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. To successfully accomplish this research, scientists must be present in the field. Samples and measurements cannot be obtained remotely and experiments must be conducted in situ if they are to have any relevance to the environment.
Monday, February 8, 2016
Friday, November 27, 2015
During the 2015 austral spring, the South Pole Traverse traveled 1035 miles from McMurdo Station to the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station to deliver approximately 100,000 gallons of fuel in support of research conducted by the United States Antarctic Program.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Monday, December 8, 2014
In celebration of Christmas and the winter solstice is an ancient tradition of decorating homes with plants and trees that remain green throughout the winter.
Friday, November 21, 2014
This November I joined Ice Axe Expeditions for my third journey to the Antarctica Peninsula for ten action packed days of skiing, wildlife, glaciers, exploration and fun.
Friday, October 31, 2014
Saturday, September 27, 2014
photo by William Taggart
In 2015 AIRE will introduce the lightest, self-bailing, whitewater-worthy watercraft the world has ever seen.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Spring Ski Touring, Wyoming
On June 18, the Forest Service released its long-awaited draft federal rule for designating areas as open or closed to winter motorized vehicles. It’s a good first step, but the proposed rule misses the point on a couple of key details. Please take the time to comment. I just did.