Postcards from the Poles Antarctica

Drilling Below Antarctica to Learn About Climates of the Past

Science educators on a research immersion experience with the Antarctic Geological Drilling Project (ANDRILL) will be sending in postcards while they are in Antarctica from October 2007 until January 2008. The project team is drilling into sedimentary rocks below the ice of the Ross ice shelf to help us learn more about the environmental changes that have affected the continent in the past.

ANDRILL educators Louise Huffman, Kate Pound, Bob Williams, Ken Mankoff, Robin Frisch-Gleason, Joanna Hubbard, and Julia Dooley will be be writing "Postcards from the Field". Click on their names to find out more about them!


What is under the Ice? How do we know? from Kate Pound, December 10, 2007

Microfossils in the ANDRILL core from Robert Williams, November 28, 2007

Exploring Subsurface Geology from Robin Frisch-Gleason, November 25, 2007

Life in an Antarctic Field Camp from Julia Dooley, November 2, 2007

What is ANDRILL? from Robin Frisch-Gleason, November 1, 2007

A Visit to Scott's Discovery Hut, Antarctica from Robin Frisch-Gleason on October 28, 2007

What if there were no Antarctica? from Ken Mankoff on October 28, 2007

Skua Boots from Joanna Hubbard on October 14, 2007

Mt. Erebus from Observation Hill, Ross Island, Antarctica from Kate Pound on October 14, 2007

Leaving on a jet plane! from Joanna Hubbard on October 9, 2007

Picking up our Extreme Cold Weather (ECW) gear at the Clothing Distribution Center (CDC) from Joanna Hubbard on October 8, 2007

ARISE Team Enjoys Spring Colors and Fragrances in NZ from Louise Huffman on October 7, 2007

En Route to Antarctica - First Stop New Zealand from Kate Pound on October 4, 2007

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Postcards from the Poles

Last modified October 10, 2007 by Randy Russell.

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