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Earth Science Collection

Discover the diversity in the Earth Science Collection.
Discover the diversity in the Earth Science Collection.

Welcome to the Earth Science Collection, a library of resources for educators and the public interested in learning more about the diverse science disciplines that help us understand the earth's unique polar regions. The field of earth science has overlap into many disciplines and can include geology, oceanography, glaciology, and meteorology.

The Collection includes individual activities, lesson plans, journal entries, videos, and presentations that will educate the next generation about this complex field of study. All materials are created and compiled by world-class educators participating in authentic scientific research in the polar regions through PolarTREC expeditions.

The Earth Science Collection is utilized as class material in the Cyber-based Interdisciplinary Science Education Professional Development Courses offered through the University of Alaska- Fairbanks in conjunction with PolarTREC. The collection is funded by the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States and the National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs.

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Updated: October 15, 2013 - 11:27pm
Excerpt: Teacher's Domain is an online educational service with two related components — Collections and Courses — that help teachers enhance their students' learning experiences and advance their own teaching skills. This collection was built to celebrate the International Polar Year. Learn about the...
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: March 14, 2012 - 12:11pm
Author(s): Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Excerpt: The Arctic Climate Modeling Program (ACMP) provides curriculum-based arctic resources for use with K-12 students. Resources include inquiry-based classroom lessons, a student network for observing arctic weather (S.N.O.W.) , digital lectures, and an interactive multimedia learning system (on DVD...
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: February 20, 2013 - 3:55pm
Excerpt: A collection of eight videos focusing on the topic of climate change in the Arctic. Videos are from the 2007 ARCSS Synthesis Workshop, the 2007 Arctic Forum, and the 2008 Arctic Forum.
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Updated: October 26, 2011 - 2:13pm
Excerpt: The Bridge is a growing collection of the best marine education resources available on-line. It provides educators with a convenient source of accurate and useful information on global, national, and regional marine science topics, and gives researchers a contact point for educational outreach. The...
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: October 26, 2011 - 2:36pm
Author(s): Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Excerpt: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution offers a comprehensive comparison of the polar regions with sections specific to physical features, seasons, weather, ice, plants and wildlife, human impacts, global warming, and science.
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: October 26, 2011 - 12:08pm
Author(s): Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Excerpt: With credit to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, this interview with Dr. Timothy Shank explains the importance of hydrothermal vents to the survival of deep sea organisms in the Arctic. The link will open a page with Dr. Shank's video as well as his biography.
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Updated: February 20, 2013 - 4:39pm
Author(s): National Geographic
Excerpt: This National Geographic database is currently growing and will be updated frequently. Find multimedia activities aligned with national standards, educational projects, and more. Navigate iconic National Geographic maps with new interactive features and tools for creating custom materials that can...
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: October 26, 2011 - 4:33pm
Author(s): Strebel, Merki, Man
Excerpt: This information is a resource on everything Antarctica created by 3 students in a Thinkquest project, collaborating internationally - Oliver Strebel, Robert Merki and Ho Lik Man.
Grade Level: Elementary and Up
Updated: October 26, 2011 - 4:39pm
Excerpt: A Thinkquest project created by students about Arctic Animals. "The world has many different animals. In the Arctic we have many animals that are unique to the north that we would like to tell you about. We have chosen some of the most unique arctic animals there are. We have stories to read,...
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: November 28, 2011 - 12:45pm
Author(s): United Nations Environment Programme
Excerpt: A book collection for all ages from the United Nations Environment Programme. This collections page allows you to select a book and read a more detailed description.
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: December 14, 2011 - 7:00am
Author(s): National Earth Science Teachers Association
Excerpt: Do you wonder what Earth's Polar Regions are like? Where do polar bears live? Where do penguins swim? Why does the Sun never shine in winter in the Arctic? Why does aurora occur near the Earth’s Poles? How big are the Earth’s ice caps, and are they changing? The Earth’s Polar Regions are hosts to...
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: October 27, 2011 - 10:40am
Author(s): U.S. Central Intelligence Agency
Excerpt: Large, small, and diverse file type maps of the Arctic and Antarctica from the Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection. The collections of the University of Texas Libraries are the result of more than one hundred years of continuing commitment by librarians, faculty, students, and private donors to...
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: February 20, 2013 - 3:55pm
Author(s): National Geographic
Excerpt: This video, available from National Geographic, is an overview of the earth and life science properties of the Arctic Ocean.
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: February 28, 2012 - 3:36pm
Author(s): Middle School Portal 2: Math & Science Pathways
Excerpt: Polar science is a topic both your students and you can get into. This publication gives you a variety of angles to choose from in implementing a study of polar science. This resource was created under a National Science Foundation Grant by Middle School Portal 2: Math & Science Pathways.
Grade Level: Elementary and Up
Updated: December 12, 2011 - 11:31am
Excerpt: All About Glaciers is a web site produced by the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) with information on all aspects of glaciers including data and science, facts, a gallery, a glossary and more.
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: November 28, 2011 - 12:48pm
Date: Thu, 11/17/2011
Author(s): Matt Sanctis
Excerpt: This is an article about PolarTREC teacher Chantelle Rose's PolarConnect event viewed at Urbana University.
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: February 20, 2013 - 4:09pm
Excerpt: A U.S. Forest Service website with information about glaciers and icefields in general and their place in Tongass National Forest in Alaska.
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: January 5, 2012 - 4:35pm
Excerpt: This web site from the University of British Columbia Okanagan presents information about erosional and depositional landforms created by glaciers.
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: July 24, 2012 - 7:15am
Excerpt: This web site from the University of Wisconsin offers definitions and examples of various alpine glacial landforms as well as topographic maps depicting each type of landform.
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: May 15, 2012 - 6:33am
Excerpt: This web site provides an assessment of the state of the cryosphere in 2009, including detailed animations of ice extents worldwide.
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: October 23, 2013 - 7:22am
Excerpt: A web site with many interactive simulations suitable for teaching. The glacier simulation specifically allows users to see, among other things, how environmental conditions such as temperature and precipitation impact glacier size and flow.
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: October 17, 2013 - 8:36am
Date: Mon, 02/27/2012
Author(s): Frontier Scientists, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Excerpt: Travel back in time as scientists and PolarTREC teacher Karl Horeis take you out to their dig sites to uncover hidden clues about early human settlement in arctic Alaska. This video is part of a larger story on the Frontier Scientists website (http://frontierscientists.com/), the University of...
Grade Level: All Ages
Title: Wow A Biface!
Updated: May 6, 2012 - 5:59pm
Date: Mon, 02/27/2012
Author(s): Frontier Scientists, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Excerpt: Share in the excitement of unearthing a biface and other archaeological treasures, as Alaskan researchers explain how they discover and document early human settlement sites across arctic Alaska. This video is part of a larger story on the Frontier Scientists website (http://frontierscientists.com...
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: March 5, 2012 - 5:57pm
Author(s): University of Alaska - Fairbanks
Excerpt: The Permafrost Observatory was established at Barrow under the auspices of the International Arctic Research Center (IARC). The observatory was established to compare present permafrost temperatures with those obtained during the 1950s and early 1960s by Max Brewer.
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Updated: March 5, 2012 - 6:02pm
Author(s):
National Public Radio
National Geographic
Excerpt: NPR and National Geographic teamed up to create an animated video series that begins with the basics of Carbon as an element and with 5 episodes draws the links between carbon and our warming planet. This is a part of the Climate Connections Series
Grade Level: Elementary and Up
Updated: October 16, 2013 - 11:41am
Author(s):
Teacher's Domain
KUAC
Excerpt: In this video adapted from KUAC-TV and the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, learn how one-celled organisms in permafrost may be contributing to greenhouse gas levels and global warming. Investigate how soil microbes, once thought to be dormant in cold temperatures, may...
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Updated: August 27, 2013 - 7:06am
Author(s): National Geograhic
Excerpt: MapMaker Kits offer K-12 students the opportunity to work with key mapping concepts at a variety of scales and to see the world in new ways. Unique large-scale maps and activities engage students in the manipulation and analysis of a variety of geographic information sets, helping them build skills...
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: June 14, 2013 - 6:58am
Author(s): Journey North
Excerpt: Mystery Class is a global game of hide-and-seek. Follow photoperiod clues to search for ten secret sites around the world. Track sunlight to solve a mystery! Discover the reasons for seasons along the way.
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: March 20, 2013 - 10:35am
Author(s): International Polar Year Programme Office
Excerpt: Icy IPY activities can be downloaded in word documents and tried in your classroom. From 'Blubber Gloves' to 'Experiments with Ice and Snow', there are a wealth of different activities to introduce students to the Polar Regions or complement their existing knowledge of the Poles. The International...
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: March 26, 2012 - 6:28am
Author(s): ANDRILL
Excerpt: What's a Flexhibit? A Flexhibit is a Flexible Exhibit package that contains a set of hands-on learning activities, attractive banner graphics, and video podcasts that make it possible for groups of 10- to 15- year olds to engage in both learning and teaching. Groups of students can complete the...
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Updated: March 29, 2012 - 5:33am
Date: Mon, 03/01/2010
Author(s): Bettina Kaiser
Excerpt: The Polar Resource Book - Polar Science and Global Climate: An International Resource for Education & Outreach - was written to ensure that the efforts catalyzed by the International Polar Year (IPY) will continue to inspire educators, students, and emerging polar researchers with a shared...
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: March 16, 2012 - 3:27pm
Author(s): ANDRILL Project Iceberg
Excerpt: ANDRILL (ANtarctic geological DRILLing) has drilled and recovered thousands of meters of rock core from beneath the McMurdo Ice Shelf in Antarctica. What secrets are hidden in this rock? Why do scientists from around the world work together to uncover these secrets that have been shrouded beneath...
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: May 15, 2012 - 5:41am
Author(s): International Polar Foundation
Excerpt: This detailed animation shows how the Earth is lit by the Sun throughout the year. The lighting of the Arctic and the Antarctic is detailed for every month of the year to help explain, among other things, the resulting polar night. The animation is available in the following languages: English:...
Grade Level: Elementary and Up
Updated: April 9, 2012 - 1:44pm
Author(s): Progetto Smilla and IPrase Trentino
Excerpt: Explore this interactive animation showing the size of Antarctica relative to other continents and countries. This resource was developed by the Italian educational project in the context of ANDRILL (Antarctic Geological drilling) research. The site is in Italian but the animation can be used...
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: May 15, 2012 - 6:04am
Excerpt: Frontier Scientists puts you in the front row to observe breaking scientific news from leading Arctic scientists in Archaeology, Geology, Anthropology, the Humanities, Biology, Marine Biology, Ecology, Chemistry and more. Many videos on Arctic science are available from their website.
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: June 15, 2012 - 9:35am
Author(s): University of Copenhagen
Excerpt: North Greenland Eemian Ice Drilling website. The North Greenland Eemian Ice Drilling - NEEM - is an international ice core research project aimed at retrieving an ice core from North-West Greenland (camp position 77.45°N 51.06°W) reaching back through the previous interglacial, the Eemian.
Grade Level: High school and Up
Related Members: Shelly Hynes
Updated: June 15, 2012 - 9:33am
Author(s): SRI International
Excerpt: Summit Station, Greenland Website. The station is located atop 3200 m of ice and is nearly 400 km from the nearest point of land. Summit supports a diversity of scientific research, including year-round measurements of air-snow interactions that provide crucial knowledge for interpreting data from...
Grade Level: High school and Up
Related Members: Shelly Hynes
Updated: June 15, 2012 - 10:34am
Author(s):
National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs
Systems Ecology Lab at the University of Texas at El Paso
Nuna Technologies
INSTAAR QGIS Laboratory
CH2M HILL Polar Services
Excerpt: Arctic Research Mapping Application. ARMAP is a suite of online, interactive maps and services that support Arctic science. Learn more about research projects in your region of interest or scientific discipline. Explore available data or possible collaborations. Use the online mapping tools to...
Grade Level: High school and Up
Updated: June 15, 2012 - 2:15pm
Author(s):
National Science Foundation
University of California Paleontology Museum
Excerpt: A step by step guide to deep time for students and teachers. This educational module is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Related Expeditions: High Arctic Change 08
Related Members: Missy Holzer
Updated: June 15, 2012 - 2:20pm
Author(s): Various sources
Excerpt: This geologic time calculator allows the user to manipulate the relativism of time to other markers. It builds from the classic analogy for illustrating the relative durations of parts of the geologic time scale is the yardstick.
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Related Expeditions: High Arctic Change 08
Related Members: Missy Holzer
Updated: June 15, 2012 - 2:24pm
Author(s): Ólafur Ingólfsson
Excerpt: Svalbard is an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, located about midway between Norway and the North Pole. This site explains the physical geography and geology of Svalbard in depth.
Related Expeditions: High Arctic Change 08
Related Members: Missy Holzer
Updated: June 15, 2012 - 2:42pm
Author(s): U.S. Polar Rock Repository
Excerpt: The Polar Rock Repository, located at the Byrd Polar Research Center, is a national facility that provides rock samples for research, education, and museum use under a no-cost loan program.
Grade Level: Elementary and Up
Updated: December 9, 2013 - 6:18am
Author(s):
Beyond Polar Bears and Penguins
Julie Codispoti
Excerpt: Rocks and minerals make up the earth around us. But what exactly are rocks and minerals? What is the difference between them? How do they form? Where are they found? This article provides content knowledge about minerals, the three types of rocks, the rock cycle, and polar geology as well as...
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: July 30, 2013 - 7:15am
Author(s): TERC - National Science Foundation
Excerpt: Developed by teams of scientists and educators, the Earth Exploration Toolbook (EET) is a collection of online Earth system science activities. Each activity, or chapter, introduces one or more scientific data sets and analysis tools that enables users to explore some aspect of the Earth system.
Grade Level: High school and Up
Updated: March 13, 2014 - 11:56am
Author(s): NASA's Global Climate Change Education program
Excerpt: The CIMSS/UW-Madison Global and Regional Climate Change course for G6-12 science teachers has been translated to Spanish and is now available online. The translation was done by Juan Botella, a native Spanish speaker who teaches high school science in Madison, WI and a former PolarTREC teacher....
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Related Members: Juan Botella
Updated: June 22, 2012 - 3:22pm
Author(s): University Centre in Svalbard
Excerpt: Built as an Auroral Station, this observation site has regularly updated weather observations, sun/moon charts, and updated photos.
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Updated: June 22, 2012 - 4:32pm
Excerpt: A general information page about Svalbard, facts, history, travel, and events. The site is in English and Norwegian.
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: August 31, 2012 - 10:51am
Date: Wed, 08/29/2012
Author(s):
Peter West
National Science Foundation
Excerpt: Science360 News focuses on the latest developments in scientific research. This link provides a short video on the 2012 Joint Science Education Program (JSEP). JSEP brings high-school students from diverse countries to Arctic research sites to experience hands-on science. Provided by the National...
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Expeditions: Greenland Education Tour 2012
Related Members:
Updated: December 13, 2012 - 9:52am
Date: Thu, 12/13/2012
Excerpt: SpaceWeather.com is an excellent tool used to predict space weather events like the Northern Lights and solar activity levels.
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: December 18, 2012 - 9:24am
Date: Fri, 12/14/2012
Author(s): Foundations (NAGT)
Excerpt: PolarTREC teacher Jacquelyn Hams' expedition is featured in Foundations: the Newsletter of the Geo2YC division of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers.
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Expeditions: Buried Ice in Antarctica 2012
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Updated: April 3, 2013 - 9:37am
Author(s): NESTA
Excerpt: National Earth Science Teachers Association website, Windows to the Universe, presents the basics on mountain building processes.
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: April 3, 2013 - 9:58am
Author(s): Edmund Stump
Excerpt: The Roof at the Bottom of the World: Discovering the Transantarctic Mountains comprehensively documents the 1,500-mile length of the Transantarctic Mountains. It is the first atlas of the most remote mountain range on Earth. The presentation is historical, following a narrative of the voyages and...
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: April 3, 2013 - 10:08am
Author(s): University of Arizona Geosciences
Excerpt: This website is an overview on the Transantarctic Mountains with information on geography, geology, mechanisms for formation, issues, and additional references.
Grade Level: High school and Up
Updated: April 3, 2013 - 10:13am
Author(s): Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences - Washington University
Excerpt: This website is an overview of the TAMSEIS project addressing the questions of the Transantarctic Mountain origins and the structure of the East Antarctic craton.
Grade Level: High school and Up
Updated: May 25, 2013 - 4:28am
Author(s): Polenet Consortium
Excerpt: POLENET (The Polar Earth Observing Network) is a global network dedicated to observing the polar regions in a changing world. The project is focused on collecting GPS and seismic data from autonomous systems deployed at remote sites spanning much of the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets. GPS and...
Grade Level: Elementary and Up
Updated: April 3, 2013 - 10:26am
Author(s): IRIS
Excerpt: Founded in 1984 with support from the National Science Foundation, IRIS is a consortium of over 100 US universities dedicated to the operation of science facilities for the acquisition, management, and distribution of seismological data. This weblink is directed to their education and public...
Updated: April 12, 2013 - 4:14pm
Author(s): Georgia State University
Excerpt: PolarTREC researcher Samantha Hansen shares this resource as a background to her work and information on geologic processes.
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Related Members: Samantha Hansen
Updated: April 12, 2013 - 4:19pm
Author(s):
John Butler
University of Houston
Excerpt: Class notes and detailed information on mountain building. PolarTREC researcher Samantha Hansen shares this resource as a background to her work and information on geologic processes. Created by John C. Butler, July 29, 1995. Credit to: John Butler jbutler [at] uh [dot] edu
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Related Members: Samantha Hansen
Updated: April 12, 2013 - 4:22pm
Author(s): Terry Hain
Excerpt: How Physical Processes Form Physical Features. PolarTREC researcher Samantha Hansen shares this resource as a background to her work and information on geologic processes.
Grade Level: Elementary and Up
Related Members: Samantha Hansen
Updated: April 12, 2013 - 4:25pm
Author(s):
Antarctica's Gamburtsev Province Project
National Science Foundation
Excerpt: Antarctica's Gamburtsev Province Project (AGAP) provides an overview of antarctic geologic information.
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Updated: April 12, 2013 - 4:59pm
Author(s): British Antarctic Survey
Excerpt: What kind of rocks make up Antarctica? What geological processes are occurring today? What rock and mineral resources exist there? Learn more from this website. For a more generalized review of Antarctica you can also start here
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: April 23, 2013 - 10:11am
Date: Wed, 04/03/2013
Author(s):
Professor Thomas E. Osterkamp
Dr. Vladimir E. Romanovsky
Excerpt: The Geophysical Institute Permafrost Laboratory (GIPL) The Permafrost Laboratory deals with scientific questions related to the circumpolar permafrost dynamics and feedbacks between permafrost and global change. At the Permafrost Laboratory, data related to the thermal and structural state of...
Grade Level: All Ages
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Updated: August 30, 2013 - 4:00pm
Author(s): National Earth Science Teachers Association
Excerpt: Windows to the universe is brought to you by the National Earth Science Teachers Association. Tabs specific to the Arctic Ocean and Oceanography are available from this main page. Information can be found in Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels, as well as in English or Spanish language....
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: August 30, 2013 - 4:24pm
Author(s): Polar Discovery: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Excerpt: Most everyone knows that the Arctic is located at the top of the planet and home to the north pole. But did you know the average winter temperature is minus 30 degrees Fahrenheit, and during summer, the temperature can climb to plus 50 degrees? That the Arctic is the only place polar bears live?...
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Updated: August 30, 2013 - 4:39pm
Author(s): National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Excerpt: Beginning with the definition of ocean currents, NOAA presents a multiple resources on types of currents, measurements, and currents affect our lives.
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: August 30, 2013 - 4:48pm
Author(s):
www.hurricanescience.org
University of Rhode Island
Excerpt: Gain a basic understanding of ocean water properties and how they interact: Temperature, Salinity, and Density.
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Updated: September 6, 2013 - 1:37pm
Author(s):
National Earth Science Teachers Association
Jennifer Bergman
Excerpt: Learn about how scientists measure salinity, temperature, and depth (CTD). Information can be found in Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels, as well as in English or Spanish language.
Grade Level: Elementary and Up
Updated: March 13, 2014 - 12:47pm
Date: Mon, 12/23/2013
Author(s): Alabama 13 News WVTM-TV
Excerpt: This video clip from from Alabama TV 13 News profiles PolarTREC researcher Dr. Samantha Hansen's work studying the history of landforms in Antarctica. Dr. Hansen will be one of a hundred scientists to be awarded the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers.
Grade Level: All Ages
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Lesson

Updated: April 3, 2013 - 9:31am
Author(s): Misty Nikula
Excerpt: Overview The study of rock and sediment layers, or stratigraphy, can be used to introduce students to the fundamental principles of geology and to lead into the idea of geologic time. In this lesson, students are introduced to Nicolas Steno's 3 major laws of stratigraphy: the law of original...
Completion Time: About 1 period
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Related Expeditions: Kuril Islands Biocomplexity
Related Members: Misty Nikula
Updated: April 3, 2013 - 6:38am
Author(s): Misty Nikula
Excerpt: Overview This lesson was modeled after some of the routine activities undertaken by the geologists on the Kuril Island Expedition. Complete the following activities: Day 1 To measure a simple topographic profile with a level instrument or hand level and stadium rod. Day 2 To use the...
Completion Time: Less than a week
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Related Expeditions: Kuril Islands Biocomplexity 08
Updated: March 6, 2012 - 3:51pm
Author(s): Misty Nikula
Excerpt: Overview Students are presented with an actual series of tundra photos, which they use to develop a hypothesis for which sort of ground cover will have the most/least permafrost depth. Then they are given a set of actual data and use this to test their hypothesis Objective Students will:...
Completion Time: Less than a week
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Updated: March 13, 2014 - 12:03pm
Author(s): Kevin McMahon - 2011 PolarTREC teacher. Adapted from the Connecticut Department of Transportation’s lesson entitled “Can Gases Act Like A Greenhouse?” which can be downloaded at www.planetconnecticut.org/teachersadministrators/pdfs/lesson1.pdf
Excerpt: Overview Textbooks say that carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas and can make earth's climate hotter. Try this lab to see if carbon dioxide gas can really act like a greenhouse. Objectives Students should be able to make a hypothesis, perform an experiment, analyze data and write a conclusion...
Completion Time: Less than a week
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Updated: July 24, 2012 - 6:45am
Author(s): Kevin McMahon
Excerpt: Overview Humans are creative. They try to solve problems in original ways. For example, some scientists are thinking of ways to decrease the amount of greenhouse gases in the air. Other scientists are thinking of ways to limit the amount of sun that reaches Earth so that the Earth won’t get so...
Completion Time: Less than a week
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Updated: February 22, 2013 - 11:24am
Author(s): Chantelle Rose
Excerpt: Overview Students chose a research project, from one of seven suggested projects, to complete in class with a partner. Upon completion they will present their information to the class. Objectives Students will present a scientifically accurate project on a topic related to the PolarTREC Winter...
Completion Time: More than a week
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Related Expeditions: Winter Sampling
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Updated: June 12, 2012 - 8:26am
Author(s): Chantelle Rose
Excerpt: Overview Students decorate polysterene cups later to be submerged in the ocean. Subsequent activities have students consider the effects of water pressure and depth with respect to their cups. Objective Students will determine mass and volume of a styrofoam cup. They will calculate the density...
Completion Time: Less than a week
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Related Expeditions: Winter Sampling
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Updated: March 9, 2014 - 4:55am
Author(s):
Lisa Seff
Matt Conforti
Excerpt: Overview This lesson investigates the impact of melting and freezing arctic sea ice on the properties of salinity, temperature and density that contribute to the stratification of ocean waters. This lesson combines several learning approaches including a hands-on lab, a web-quest and collaboration...
Completion Time: More than a week
Grade Level: High school and Up
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Updated: October 3, 2012 - 5:18am
Author(s): Maddalena Macario
Excerpt: Overview This inquiry-based activity can be done using the slides of the attached PowerPoint presentation, or using a smart board. The slides describe the phases of the Inquiry Based Learning, step by step. The reference model is the "BSCS 5E model" (Bybee W. et al., 2006). Objectives Students...
Completion Time: Less than a week
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Updated: April 12, 2014 - 9:37am
Author(s): Cristina Solis
Excerpt: Overview Students will investigate what a carbon footprint is and calculate their own personal carbon footprint. Finally, students will develop ways to reduce their carbon footprint. Objectives Students will know that the principles of chemistry underlie the functioning of biological systems....
Completion Time: Less than a week
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Title: Soil Study
Updated: June 28, 2013 - 1:01pm
Author(s): Cristina Solis
Excerpt: Overview Students will conduct a soil study by investigating pH and water absorption. Objectives Students will learn: How to describe the composition of soil and explain how it forms. That soil is made up of tiny particles of rock, plant, and animal matter. How to determine whether a...
Completion Time: Less than a week
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Updated: June 28, 2013 - 12:45pm
Author(s): Melissa Barker
Excerpt: Overview Students will investigate the breadth and depth of science taking place in the Polar Regions by reading and learning about one PolarTREC expedition and sharing it with the class. Objectives To expose students to the wide variety of science happening in the Polar Regions To help...
Completion Time: Less than a week
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Related Members: Melissa Barker
Updated: April 26, 2013 - 6:03am
Author(s): Melissa Barker
Excerpt: Overview Students will conduct a demonstration that will help them gain a better understanding of the water cycle and runoff in a watershed. They will be able to replicate arctic and non-arctic watersheds by varying the size of the watershed. They will be able to visualize the difference in runoff...
Completion Time: Less than a week
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Related Members: Melissa Barker
Updated: June 28, 2013 - 12:49pm
Author(s): Tim Spuck
Excerpt: Overview Have you ever wondered how polar scientists do it? How do they really know if the planet is loosing vast quantities of ice anyway? You can use pictures from satellites to monitor the surface from year to year, but the vast majority of ice is hidden from view, buried beneath the surface...
Completion Time: About 1 period
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Related Expeditions: Airborne Survey of Polar Ice
Related Members: Tim Spuck
Updated: January 29, 2014 - 8:22am
Author(s): Jo Anne Chenoweth
Excerpt: Overview In this lesson, students will play a fun board game that teaches about the sources and types of some air pollutants, and how they affect the health of both people and the environment. Students will learn that not all pollutants are greenhouse gases. This game can be a lead-in for a...
Completion Time: About 1 period
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Updated: August 27, 2013 - 7:33am
Author(s): Adapted by Michelle Buchanan
Excerpt: This student lesson focuses on plate tectonics and large-scale system interactions, utilizing PolarTREC teacher Brian DuBay's Transantarctic Mountains expedition videos. Objectives: The student will investigate, make observations, and analyze geologic processes of plate tectonics. Key concepts...
Completion Time: About 1 period
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
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Updated: June 2, 2013 - 4:32pm
Excerpt: Overview: Students will use the TAMMNET project and accompanying PolarTREC resources to learn about seismology in the Antarctic, culminating in the creation of an annotated map using google maps. Objective: Students will understand the different ways mountain ranges are formed, and appreciate...
Completion Time: Less than a week
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
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Updated: October 1, 2013 - 6:49am
Author(s): Justin Moodie
Excerpt: Organizing Questions: 1) Why is it important to collect large quantities of research data? 2) How can photographing a subject be similar to scientific observation? 3) How can one plot photographic data on a map? Introduction: This lesson was written for a Photography I course, to be taught in a...
Completion Time: About a week
Grade Level: High school and Up
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Updated: July 30, 2013 - 7:11am
Author(s): Mark Paricio
Excerpt: Overview There is so much media hype and public misunderstanding regarding the issue of climate change that advanced students need to be equipped to sort through the information available, find data from appropriately moderated scientific data bases, and learn to support their views with good...
Completion Time: More than a week
Grade Level: High school and Up
Related Expeditions: Siberian Arctic Systems Study
Related Members: Mark Paricio
Updated: July 16, 2013 - 6:15am
Author(s): Lesley Urasky
Excerpt: Overview The long-term objective of PolarTREC teacher Lesley Urasky's expedition research in Antarctica (Glacial History in Antarctica) is to determine the rate at which glaciers have receded since the Last Glacial Maximum. This lesson is designed to give students an understanding of the Last...
Completion Time: Less than a week
Grade Level: High school and Up
Related Expeditions: Glacial History in Antarctica
Related Members: Lesley Urasky
Updated: August 27, 2013 - 6:35am
Date: Sun, 05/20/2012
Author(s):
Lollie Garay
Chantelle Rose
Excerpt: Overview This lesson was written for the 2012 Arctic Ocean Ecosystem Workshop and was inspired by the research work conducted off the coast of Barrow, Alaska by researchers Steve Okonnen and Patricia Yager with PolarTREC teachers Lollie Garay and Chantelle Rose. Students will engage in a series of...
Completion Time: About a week
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Updated: September 20, 2013 - 10:40am
Excerpt: Overview It's All About Repetition! In this lesson, we will learn what repeat photography is, and discuss how it can be used in scientific analysis. Introduction What is repeat photography? It is the taking of photographs from the same location, over time, to document changes. This tool has...
Completion Time: Less than a week
Grade Level: High school and Up
Updated: September 17, 2013 - 6:35am
Author(s): Mark Buesing
Excerpt: Overview NASA's Operation IceBridge images Earth's polar ice in unprecedented detail to better understand processes that connect the Polar Regions with the global climate system. IceBridge uses a specialized fleet of aircraft and the most sophisticated suite of science instruments ever assembled...
Completion Time: About 1 period
Grade Level: High school and Up
Related Expeditions: Airborne Survey of Polar Ice 2013
Related Members: Mark Buesing
Updated: October 1, 2013 - 7:05am
Author(s): Mark Buesing
Excerpt: Overview NASA's Operation IceBridge images Earth's polar ice in unprecedented detail to better understand processes that connect the Polar Regions with the global climate system. IceBridge uses a specialized fleet of aircraft and the most sophisticated suite of science instruments ever assembled...
Completion Time: About 1 period
Grade Level: High school and Up
Related Expeditions: Airborne Survey of Polar Ice 2013
Related Members: Mark Buesing
Updated: December 21, 2013 - 7:09am
Author(s): Mike LeBaron
Excerpt: Overview Antarctica is the coldest, driest place on Earth with a fairly limited number of native species which have adapted to these extreme conditions over millions of years. As a result, it's not very likely that a non-native species would survive there . . . right? Actually ever since...
Completion Time: About a week
Grade Level: High school and Up
Related Members: Mike LeBaron
Updated: December 29, 2013 - 11:25am
Author(s): Jennifer Wagner
Excerpt: Overview This lesson includes a variety of research activities and a lab that all help demonstrate the science behind convection currents. Objectives Through the following activities and lab students will discover: that temperature and salinity affect the density of fluids (liquids and gases)...
Completion Time: About a week
Grade Level: Middle School and Up

Activity

Updated: March 19, 2012 - 11:40am
Author(s): Lollie Garay
Excerpt: Overview This activity allows students to participate in a physically interactive dramatization of the oceanic biological pump. Objective The purpose of this activity is to develop a conceptual understanding of how the biological pump moves carbon through the oceans. Preparation Background...
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Updated: August 14, 2012 - 5:04pm
Date: Mon, 01/16/2012 - Fri, 03/30/2012
Author(s):
Museo Nazionale dell'Antartide
International Polar Foundation
Excerpt: Introduction Join the International Sun Shadows Project! - Pupils and teachers all over the world will join forces to measure the shadows of a 1m long stick. Participation in the project is free and open to all! Teachers, students and scientists from around the world are encouraged to join in and...
Completion Time: Less than a week
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Updated: March 20, 2013 - 10:35am
Author(s): Louise Huffman
Excerpt: Students will observe how soils and rocks of different densities behave in wind and in water. They will make predictions and careful observations as they learn about sediment transport and sediment rates in streams and rivers.
Completion Time: About 1 period
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Updated: March 16, 2012 - 8:05am
Author(s): IPY International Programme Office
Excerpt: This PDF handout and activity provides background information about polar weather and climate followed by an activity to help students consider their own local weather vs. polar weather. Students will observe the weather where they live and report on basic meteorological data such as air...
Completion Time: About 1 period
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Updated: March 16, 2012 - 3:24pm
Author(s): IPY International Programme Office
Excerpt: The attached Changing Earth flyer, produced by the International Polar Year (IPY) Programme Office, includes a summary of the history of planet Earth and an activity involving the use of a rope as a timeline to represents the Earth’s history from the present to 65 million years ago.
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: December 9, 2013 - 6:05am
Author(s): IPY Programme Office
Excerpt: The attached Ice Sheets flyer, produced by the International Polar Year (IPY) Programme Office, includes a summary of information about ice sheets in both the Arctic and Antarctica, followed by an activity which allows students to make their own realistic model of an ice sheet with commonly...
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: March 22, 2012 - 6:39am
Author(s): IPY Programme Office
Excerpt: The attached Lands and Life flyer, produced by the International Polar Year (IPY) Programme Office, includes a summary of terrestrial polar ecosystems, from southern cold maritime islands to dry continental deserts in Antarctica and from tree line across the continental tundra to remote northern...
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: May 31, 2012 - 6:28am
Author(s): IPY Programme Office
Excerpt: The attached Polar Oceans flyer, produced by the International Polar Year (IPY) Programme Office, provides summary information about the Polar Oceans and describes how the circulation in polar waters exerts a powerful control on the Earth's climate and carbon cycle. Activities attached to the flyer...
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: July 24, 2012 - 6:43am
Author(s): IPY Polar Programme
Excerpt: Sea ice, the thin layer of ice that covers most of the Arctic Ocean and surrounds most of the Antarctic continent, represents a distinctive feature of our planet. The attached flyer, produced by the International Polar Year (IPY) Programme Office, includes a summary of information about sea ice...
Completion Time: About 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: June 30, 2013 - 5:35pm
Date: Sun, 03/18/2012 - Sat, 03/24/2012
Author(s): Erika Meadows
Excerpt: This polar-themed unit plan provides a resource for teachers looking for ways to integrate a variety of challenging lessons and activities into their curriculum. The lessons touch on a variety of subject areas including language arts, math, and science. The unit is designed for a 3rd grade class...
Completion Time: More than a week
Grade Level: Elementary and Up
Updated: February 21, 2013 - 5:25pm
Author(s):
Sheldon Bart
Michael J. Passow
Excerpt: Overview Wilderness Research Foundation (USA) has developed two teaching modules based on a project we conducted in the Antarctic Peninsula in January 2010. They're available free for any educator interested in reviewing them for classroom use. The project concerned the collection of soil samples...
Completion Time: Less than a week
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Updated: August 28, 2012 - 10:52am
Excerpt: Purpose To learn about the effects of air pollution on Sea Ice. This can be a library/computer lab-based activity. Procedure Teacher: Mix up a 3.5% solution of NaCl. Make enough "sea-ice" cubes for each pair of students Make another class set of ice cubes with tap water. Leave the ice in...
Completion Time: Less than a week
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Updated: April 3, 2013 - 6:37am
Excerpt: Purpose Glaciers are slow-moving masses of ice that exist where more snow falls than melts. They occupy about 10% of the Earth’s land, mostly in Greenland and Antarctica. Here, glaciers can be as much as 2 miles thick and weigh more than millions of tons. As they move, glaciers can widen and...
Completion Time: About 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Snow Transitioning to Ice Diagram
Updated: February 24, 2013 - 8:56am
Excerpt: Fall 2012 Polar Week Flagship Activity! We hope that this activity will be completed by a multitude of classrooms, students, scientists, and teachers around the world in celebration of International Polar Week - a global celebration of the Polar Regions during the equinoxes each year. Please find...
Completion Time: About 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: July 11, 2013 - 12:52pm
Excerpt: Objective Just as the increase in atmospheric CO2 is causing the global air temperture to rise, the container with the added CO2 will trap more heat inside and will show a higher internal temperature. Overview This activity/demonstration can be used directly following lessons on greenhouse...
Completion Time: About 1 period
Grade Level: Elementary and Up
Related Members: John Wood
Updated: December 29, 2013 - 11:42am
Author(s): Jeanine Gelhaus
Excerpt: Overview Through investigation, you will determine which solution has the highest density. Objective To determine, through experimentation, which of a variety of solutions has the highest density. Preparation Background: The waters of the ocean are constantly moving in many different ways. The...
Completion Time: About 1 period
Grade Level: Middle School and Up

Event

Updated: March 6, 2012 - 3:28pm
Date: Mon, 05/16/2011
Excerpt: PolarConnect event with John Wood and Dr. Sue Natali participating in the Carbon Balance in Warming and Drying Tundra expedition in Healy Alaska. There were some technical difficulties in the archive, so you can access Part 1 of the archive here and Part 2 of the archive is here.
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Updated: August 31, 2012 - 9:33am
Date: Fri, 03/02/2012
Excerpt: This 1 hour webinar presentation was conducted by Nell Herrmann and her team including Dr. Amsler and Dr. McClintock. The team presented from Palmer Station, Antarctica on seafloor organisms and the changing ocean conditions.
Completion Time: About 1 period
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Updated: August 31, 2012 - 9:31am
Date: Mon, 04/23/2012
Excerpt: In this one hour webinar PolarTREC teacher Tim Spuck explains his work with the NASA IceBridge Project, the largest airborne survey of Earth's polar ice ever conducted.
Completion Time: About 1 period
Related Expeditions: Airborne Survey of Polar Ice
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Updated: August 15, 2012 - 4:18pm
Date: Thu, 05/10/2012
Excerpt: This presentation is part of the Polaris Project Webinar Series preparing participants for the field season 2012. This is one of two lecture to view for Session Two. You need to also watch the Schade Presentation Archive.
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
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Updated: August 15, 2012 - 4:17pm
Date: Thu, 05/10/2012
Excerpt: This presentation is part of the Polaris Project Webinar Series preparing participants for the field season 2012. This is one of two lectures to view for Session Two. You need to also watch the Sobczak Presentation Archive.
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
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Updated: August 15, 2012 - 4:20pm
Date: Thu, 05/17/2012
Excerpt: This presentation is part of the Polaris Project Webinar Series preparing participants for the field season 2012.
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Related Members:
Updated: August 15, 2012 - 4:21pm
Date: Thu, 05/24/2012
Excerpt: This is a one hour webinar specifically for the participants of the Polaris Project 2012, conducted by Max Holmes and John Schade. In this session, a variety of team members present their scientific work.
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
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Updated: August 31, 2012 - 9:30am
Date: Thu, 05/17/2012
Excerpt: This one hour event by Melissa Barker explains the research being done at Toolik Field Station, Alaska on nutrient transport in arctic watersheds. She is joined by team member Dr. Sarah Godsey.
Completion Time: About 1 period
Updated: August 15, 2012 - 4:22pm
Date: Thu, 05/31/2012
Excerpt: This is a one hour webinar is part of the Polaris Project 2012, conducted by Max Holmes and John Schade. In this session Andy Bunn, professor at Western Washington University, presents a lecture on the history and science of climate change.
Completion Time: About 1 period
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Updated: August 31, 2012 - 9:33am
Date: Thu, 06/07/2012
Excerpt: In this one hour webinar, PolarTREC teacher Susan Steiner and researcher Michael Weintraub explain the science, research questions, and results of their work at Toolik Field Station.
Completion Time: About 1 period
Updated: August 15, 2012 - 4:29pm
Date: Thu, 06/21/2012
Excerpt: This is a one hour webinar specifically for the participants of the Polaris Project 2012, conducted by Max Holmes and John Schade. In this session, the team wraps up their preparations and students discuss their project proposals.
Completion Time: About 1 period
Related Members: Max Holmes
Updated: August 31, 2012 - 9:34am
Date: Fri, 07/27/2012
Excerpt: PolarTREC teacher Cristina Solis and her team presented their work on microbial activity in the tundra to junior docents at Cabrillio Marine Aquarium. This is a one hour presentation with Cristina and her research team.
Completion Time: About 1 period
Updated: August 15, 2012 - 4:43pm
Date: Mon, 07/30/2012
Excerpt: This one hour presentation by Dr. Al Werner is a professional development opportunity for educators to learn more about earth and geoscience research in Svalbard, Norway. Some noticeable technical issues are resolved a few minutes into the presentation.
Completion Time: About 1 period
Related Expeditions: High Arctic Change 2012
Updated: August 15, 2012 - 4:43pm
Date: Tue, 08/07/2012
Excerpt: This one hour webinar is conducted by PolarTREC alumni Missy Holzer. She highlighted her work with the High Arctic Change expedition 2008 and bringing inquiry-based science into her classroom. This webinar is part of the C-ISE online professional development course.
Completion Time: About 1 period
Related Expeditions: High Arctic Change 08
Updated: September 21, 2012 - 3:33pm
Date: Thu, 09/20/2012
Excerpt: This one hour webinar is part of the International Polar Week celebrations sponsored by APECS, ARCUS and PEI. The presenters are young scientists that work in the Polar Regions. They shared information about their work as well as how they became interested in polar science.
Completion Time: About 1 period
Updated: November 5, 2012 - 10:42am
Date: Wed, 10/17/2012
Excerpt: PolarTREC teacher Elizabeth Eubanks hosted a webinar from Costa Rica with Arctic Tundra Dynamics team from Barrow, AK. They are completing similiar research at La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica.
Completion Time: About 1 period
Updated: December 19, 2012 - 10:11am
Date: Mon, 12/03/2012
Excerpt: This one hour live event is hosted by PolarTREC teacher Mike LeBaron and his team studying sub-glacial lakes and streams. The team is at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. This event was part of the December 2012 Antarctica Day celebration. The team also speaks about the importance of the Antarctic...
Completion Time: About 1 period
Updated: April 17, 2013 - 4:59pm
Date: Tue, 04/16/2013
Excerpt: This one hour webinar is part of the online polar professional development course on physical science for educators. Dr. Hansen focuses on her research of the tectonic history of the Transantarctic Mountain in Antarctica.
Completion Time: About 1 period
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Updated: April 25, 2013 - 2:31pm
Date: Wed, 04/24/2013
Excerpt: This one hour webinar is for educatorson the use of video and social media tools to bring polar science into the classroom. PolarTREC teacher Brian DuBay speaks in the context of his expedition to study the Transantarctic Mountains, Antarctica.
Completion Time: About 1 period
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Updated: May 1, 2013 - 10:31am
Date: Tue, 04/30/2013
Excerpt: This one hour webinar is for students and the public hosted by Tom Lane. The team is studying carbon balance in warming and drying tundra in Healy, Alaska.
Completion Time: About 1 period
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Updated: July 23, 2013 - 4:53pm
Date: Tue, 07/16/2013
Excerpt: This one hour PolarConnect event is Nell Kemp and Bruce Taterka at Toolik field station studying wolf spiders and tundra/microbial interactions, respectively.
Completion Time: About 1 period
Jamie on ice in Iceland!
Updated: August 13, 2013 - 3:46pm
Date: Wed, 08/07/2013
Excerpt: This one hour PolarConnect event is with Jamie Esler and the research team in central Iceland. The focus of this event is on drumlin formations and their importance.
Completion Time: n/a
Updated: August 14, 2013 - 9:46am
Date: Tue, 08/13/2013
Excerpt: This one hour live web event is hosted by Mark Buesing. Mark worked with the NASA IceBridge team to survey polar ice over Greenland in 2013.
Completion Time: About 1 period
Related Expeditions: Airborne Survey of Polar Ice 2013
Updated: October 25, 2013 - 12:04pm
Date: Thu, 10/24/2013
Excerpt: This one hour webinar with PolarTREC teacher Lisa Seff shares ideas and experiences on bringing polar science into your classroom and community. Her work focuses on the oceanographic conditions of bowhead whale habitat.
Completion Time: About 1 period
Related Members: Lisa Seff

Video

Updated: March 13, 2013 - 5:44am
Author(s): NASA
Excerpt: From NASA, in this animation, the Arctic sea ice and seasonal land cover change progress through time, from September 1, 2009 when sea ice in the Arctic was near its minimum extent, through March 30, 2010. The animation plays at a rate of six frames per day or ten days per second.
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: April 3, 2013 - 11:08am
Excerpt: Learning more about the seismometers at Palmer Station, Antarctica.
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Members: Nell Herrmann
Updated: April 3, 2013 - 11:02am
Excerpt: Summer Snow Day on the USCGC Healy in the SE Canada Basin (Arctic Ocean). Filmed on the 2010 International Extended Continental Shelf Survey by PolarTREC teacher Bill Schmoker.
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Members: Bill Schmoker
Updated: April 3, 2013 - 11:03am
Excerpt: RHI (Rigid Hull Inflatable boat) recovery on the USCGC Healy near Barrow, AK in the Beaufort Sea. Filmed on the 2010 International Extended Continental Shelf Survey by PolarTREC teacher Bill Schmoker
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Members: Bill Schmoker
Updated: April 3, 2013 - 11:03am
Excerpt: Polar Bear on Beaufort Sea ice, seen from USCGC Healy on 2010 International Extended Continental Shelf Survey. Filmed by PolarTREC teacher Bill Schmoker.
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Members: Bill Schmoker
Updated: April 3, 2013 - 11:03am
Excerpt: Piston Coring in the Eastern Canada Basin on USCGC Healy. Filmed by PolarTREC teacher Bill Schmoker on the 2010 International Extended Continental Shelf Survey.
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Members: Bill Schmoker
Updated: April 3, 2013 - 11:03am
Excerpt: This video documents the process of piston coring in deep water (~3000m) over the so-called '09 Seamount, Canada Basin (N. Arctic Ocean). Filmed on the 2010 International Extended Continental Shelf Survey by PolarTREC teacher Bill Schmoker.
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Members: Bill Schmoker
Updated: April 3, 2013 - 11:03am
Excerpt: Packing up the coring rail aboard the USCGC Healy in the Canada Basin (northern Arctic Ocean) on the 2010 International Extended Continental Shelf Survey. Filmed by PolarTREC teacher Bill Schmoker.
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Members: Bill Schmoker
Updated: April 3, 2013 - 11:03am
Excerpt: MBB Bo 105 Helicopter transfer from CCGC Louis S. St. Laurent to USCGC Healy in the Canada Basin (northern Arctic Ocean.) Filmed by PolarTREC teacher Bill Schmoker on the 2010 International Extended Continental Shelf Survey.
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Members: Bill Schmoker
Updated: April 3, 2013 - 11:03am
Excerpt: The Canadian Coast Guard Cutter Louis S. St. Laurent working in the Beaufort Sea, seen from the USCGC Healy on the 2010 International Extended Continental Shelf Survey. Note the bubbler system at the bow of the Louis, which enhances its icebreaking capabilities by lifting ice around the bow and...
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Members: Bill Schmoker
Updated: April 3, 2013 - 11:03am
Excerpt: Will fresh water turn into ice when it is dunked in the chilly waters of the Canada Basin? Find out with PolarTREC teacher Bill Schmoker, aboard the USCGC Healy on the 2010 International Extended Continental Shelf Survey.
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Members: Bill Schmoker
Updated: April 3, 2013 - 11:03am
Excerpt: USCGC Healy entering the ice pack north of Barrow in the Canada Basin. Note the paint scraped off on one large piece of ice and the Canadian Coast Guard Cutter Louis S. St. Laurent following us into the ice. Filmed by PolarTREC teacher Bill Schmoker on the 2010 International Extended Continental...
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Members: Bill Schmoker
Updated: April 3, 2013 - 11:03am
Excerpt: Helicopter transfer between the Canadian Coast Guard Cutter Louis S. St. Laurent & USCGC Healy in the Beaufort Sea. This is a MBB Bo 105 helicopter, a twin-engine craft with 4 rotor blades. Filmed by PolarTREC teacher Bill Schmoker on the 2010 International Extended Continental Shelf Survey.
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Members: Bill Schmoker
Updated: April 3, 2013 - 11:03am
Excerpt: USCGC Healy breaking ice in the Canada Basin (N. Arctic Ocean.) Filmed from the Canadian Coast Guard Cutter Louis S. St. Laurent by PolarTREC teacher Bill Schmoker on the 2010 International Extended Continental Shelf Survey. Here the Louis is stopped for sonar repairs and the Healy is prepping a...
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Members: Bill Schmoker
Updated: April 3, 2013 - 11:03am
Excerpt: PolarTREC teacher Bill Schmoker gives a walking tour of the USCGC Healy in the Canada Basin (N. Arctic Ocean) on the 2010 International Extended Continental Shelf Survey.
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Members: Bill Schmoker
Updated: April 3, 2013 - 11:03am
Excerpt: Helicopter transfer via Canadian Coast Guard MBB Bo 105 from USGCC Healy to Canadian Coast Guard Cutter Louis S. St. Laurent in the Canada Basin (N. Arctic Ocean) during the 2010 International Extended Continental Shelf Survey. Filmed by PolarTREC teacher Bill Schmoker
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Members: Bill Schmoker
Updated: April 3, 2013 - 11:03am
Excerpt: USCGC Healy sounding the foghorn during our transit of the Bering Straight on the 2010 International Extended Continental Shelf Survey. Filmed by PolarTREC teacher Bill Schmoker
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Members: Bill Schmoker
Updated: April 3, 2013 - 11:03am
Excerpt: Black-legged Kittiwakes are joined by an immature Herring Gull (maybe Vega Gull??) in the Canada Basin (northern Arctic Ocean). Filmed aboard the USCGC Healy on the 2010 International Extended Continental Shelf Survey by PolarTREC teacher Bill Schmoker.
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Members: Bill Schmoker
Updated: April 3, 2013 - 11:04am
Excerpt: Conducting gravity coring operations aboard the USCGC Healy in the Southern Beaufort Sea during the 2010 International Extended Continental Shelf Survey. This is a simple way to retrieve soft sediment cores- the coring pipe is driven into the sea bed by the 2-ton weight at the top of the coring...
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Members: Bill Schmoker
Updated: April 3, 2013 - 11:04am
Excerpt: Gas (methane) Hydrate ice recovered in core catcher during bottom sampling opps aboard USCGC Healy in the Southern Beaufort Sea during the 2010 International Extended Continental Shelf Survey. Filmed by PolarTREC teacher Bill Schmoker.
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Members: Bill Schmoker
Updated: April 3, 2013 - 11:04am
Excerpt: Launch & recovery of the RHI (rigid-hull inflatable) boat aboard the USCGC Healy in foggy conditions. Filmed in the Canada Basin (northern Arctic Ocean) during the 2010 International Extended Continental Shelf Survey by PolarTREC teacher Bill Schmoker.
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Members: Bill Schmoker
Updated: April 3, 2013 - 11:04am
Excerpt: USCGC Healy experiencing the first ice of 2010 International Extended Continental Shelf Survey in the Bering Sea. Filmed by PolarTREC teacher Bill Schmoker.
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Members: Bill Schmoker
Updated: April 3, 2013 - 11:04am
Excerpt: 2010 PolarTREC teacher Bill Schmoker arriving in Dutch Harbor, Unalaska Island, AK to begin his International Extended Continental Shelf Survey expedition aboard the USCGC Healy.
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Members: Bill Schmoker
Updated: April 3, 2013 - 11:04am
Excerpt: Readying the 12-bottle CTD for a cast aboard the USCGC Healy on the 2010 International Extended Continental Shelf Survey. Here the USGS/University of South Florida Arctic Ocean Acidification Study team have replaced one Niskin Bottle with a prototype autonomous high precision spectrophotometric pH...
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Members: Bill Schmoker
Updated: April 3, 2013 - 11:04am
Excerpt: Conducting a CTD cast aboard the USCGC Healy. Launched from the starboard A-frame, this device measures Conductivity (to determine salinity), Temperature, & Depth and returns water samples from user-selected depths via the array ("rosette") of trippable Niskin bottles. Filmed by PolarTREC...
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Members: Bill Schmoker
Updated: April 3, 2013 - 11:04am
Excerpt: Deploying an ice buoy from the USCGC Healy in the Beaufort Sea. The buoy drifts with the ice pack and relays its position to a satellite and so can be used to monitor ice movement. Filmed by PolarTREC Teacher Bill Schmoker on the 2010 International Extended Continental Shelf Survey.
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Members: Bill Schmoker
Updated: April 3, 2013 - 11:04am
Excerpt: Breaking heavy ice in the Canada Basin (northern Arctic Ocean) aboard the USCGC Healy during the 2010 International Extended Continental Shelf Survey. In the distance notice the Canadian Coast Guard Cutter Louis S. St. Laurent. Filmed by PolarTREC teacher Bill Schmoker.
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Members: Bill Schmoker
Updated: April 3, 2013 - 11:04am
Excerpt: Boat opps aboard the USCGC Healy during the 2010 International Extended Continental Shelf Survey, filmed by PolarTREC teacher Bill Schmoker. Here we see the launch and deployment of the Arctic Service Boat.
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Members: Bill Schmoker
Updated: March 6, 2012 - 3:10pm
Date: Wed, 02/08/2012
Excerpt: At the CREEL permafrost tunnel outside Fairbanks, AK. Our guide, Art, explains a potential issue with the carbon balance in soils as the permafrost thaws as we traveled underground to see it the changes.
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: June 15, 2012 - 3:12pm
Excerpt: PolarTREC teacher Tim Martin interview researcher Julie Brigham-Grette in regards to geologic climate research in siberia.
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: April 3, 2013 - 11:04am
Excerpt: Bill Schmoker with the International Continental Shelf Survey expedition.
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Members: Bill Schmoker
Updated: April 3, 2013 - 11:04am
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Members: Bill Schmoker
Updated: April 3, 2013 - 11:04am
Excerpt: Video created by PolarTREC teacher Bill Schmoker onboard the International Continental Shelf Survey. This was the first piston core that returned a gas hydrate sample in the core cutter. The hydrate was about 20 feet beneath the sea floor. Once on deck it began fizzing with escaping methane. Gas...
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Members: Bill Schmoker
Updated: April 3, 2013 - 11:04am
Excerpt: Vignettes from Dutch Harbor, Alaska in preparation for my 2010 PolarTREC Cruise on the USCG Cutter Healy.
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Members: Bill Schmoker
Updated: April 3, 2013 - 11:05am
Excerpt: A message to my students on the first day of school and instructions for completing their student journals while I'm on my cruise.
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Members: Bill Schmoker
Updated: March 7, 2012 - 6:03pm
Date: Sun, 02/19/2012
Author(s): Comite Polare
Excerpt: Permafrost is a key cryospheric component and of global interest for better understanding climate change. This short film presents an overview of permafrost on Earth and focuses on the International Polar Year (IPY) activities of a research group from the University of Lisbon and its international...
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Updated: October 17, 2013 - 8:33am
Date: Tue, 08/05/2008
Author(s): Kenji Yoshikawa
Excerpt: Tunnel Man is a super hero who lives in Ice Tunnels, and teaches children and adults about the unique geomorphology of Alaska. Tunnel Man is played by Kenji Yoshikawa, a Research Associate Professor for the Institute of Northern Engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Tunnel Man's...
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: May 7, 2012 - 5:51am
Date: Mon, 01/05/2009
Author(s): Kenji Yoshikawa
Excerpt: Tunnel Man is a super hero who lives in Ice Tunnels, and teaches children and adults about the unique geomorphology of Alaska. Tunnel Man is played by Kenji Yoshikawa, a Research Associate Professor for the Institute of Northern Engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Tunnel Man's...
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: March 7, 2012 - 5:55pm
Date: Fri, 04/10/2009
Author(s): Kenji Yoshikawa
Excerpt: Tunnel Man is a super hero who lives in Ice Tunnels, and teaches children and adults about the unique geomorphology of Alaska. Tunnel Man is played by Kenji Yoshikawa, a Research Associate Professor for the Institute of Northern Engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Tunnel Man's...
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Updated: March 7, 2012 - 6:00pm
Date: Thu, 09/10/2009
Author(s): Kenji Yoshikawa
Excerpt: Tunnel Man is a super hero who lives in Ice Tunnels, and teaches children and adults about the unique geomorphology of Alaska. Tunnel Man is played by Kenji Yoshikawa, a Research Associate Professor for the Institute of Northern Engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Tunnel Man's...
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Updated: June 21, 2012 - 8:35am
Excerpt: Michelle Brown and Andy Stillinger calculate the tilt of the Earth's axis by using height and shadow length at the South Pole on winter solstice.
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: June 30, 2013 - 5:32pm
Date: Fri, 01/15/2010
Author(s): University of Alaska - Fairbanks
Excerpt: University of Alaska Fairbanks Professor Katey Walter Anthony takes us onto a frozen lake in Fairbanks, AK to demonstrate why methane gas has "exploded" onto the climate change scene.
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Updated: March 5, 2012 - 5:35pm
Date: Fri, 02/26/2010
Author(s): BBC Worldwide
Excerpt: In an explosive clip from the BBC's landmark series, scientists drill into a frozen lake to ignite methane gas that is trapped in bubbles beneath the surface. Do greenhouse gases pose a signficant threat to our planet? Dr Iain Stewart assesses the dangers.
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: Elementary and Up
Updated: March 5, 2012 - 5:39pm
Date: Thu, 03/04/2010
Author(s): University of Alaska - Fairbanks
Excerpt: Researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks are studying the East Siberian Arctic Shelf region and finding the seafloor there holds vast stores of frozen methane and is showing signs of instability and widespread venting of the powerful greenhouse gas. In this video University of Alaska...
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: High school and Up
Updated: June 21, 2012 - 8:33am
Excerpt: In this one hour webinar PolarTREC teacher Tim Spuck explains his work with the NASA IceBridge Project, the largest airborne survey of Earth's polar ice ever conducted.
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
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Updated: June 1, 2012 - 11:41am
Excerpt: View sequential still images of thermokarst (thawed permafrost) at Horn Lake in northern Alaska during the summer of 2010. The video was made by researchers studying the responses of Arctic landscapes to permafrost degradation.
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: February 20, 2014 - 7:07pm
Author(s): Beyond Polar Bears and Penguins
Excerpt: This short video provides an overview of the types of rocks found in Antarctica and what we can learn about Antarctica from polar geology. This video is designed to accompany the September 2008 issue of the free online magazine, Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears. The magazine is a professional...
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Updated: April 3, 2013 - 10:59am
Date: Sun, 11/11/2012
Excerpt: Introductions to Dr. Hansen's TAMNNET Team working on seismology and tectonic history of the Transantarctic Mountains.
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Grade Level: All Ages
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Updated: April 3, 2013 - 12:04pm
Author(s): Brian DuBay
Excerpt: Flying through the Eisenhower Range, Priestley Glacier, and Mario Zuchelli
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Updated: April 3, 2013 - 11:04am
Date: Tue, 11/20/2012
Author(s): Brian DuBay
Excerpt: Dr. Samantha Hansen and the team building and installing seismometers in Antarctica.
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
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Updated: May 6, 2013 - 6:23am
Date: Sat, 12/01/2012
Author(s): Brian DuBay
Excerpt: Helicopter flights in Antarctica with annotations on specific geographic and geologic features.
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
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Updated: July 16, 2013 - 6:43am
Date: Thu, 12/06/2012
Author(s): Brian DuBay
Excerpt: Working at Terra Nova, Antarctica. This is the Italian Base where PolarTREC teacher Brian Dubay and his team continued their study of the Transantarctic Mountains.
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
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Updated: December 26, 2012 - 3:33pm
Date: Wed, 11/21/2012
Excerpt: This local TV interview is about PolarTREC teacher Liz Ratliff heading to South Pole Station, Antarctica to work with the IceCube project.
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
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Updated: April 9, 2013 - 5:59am
Date: Thu, 02/28/2013
Author(s): Yale Climate Forum on Climate Change and the Media
Excerpt: The Yale Climate Forum released this YouTube video on Permafrost in 2013. The causes and effects of melting permafrost are explained and linked to larger phenomena. Visit the Yale Climate Forum Website to learn more.
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: High school and Up
Updated: June 14, 2013 - 6:50am
Author(s): Mark Walsh
Excerpt: Antarctic educator, Mark Walsh, created this video for the PolarTREC 2013 spring online professional development course. This video uses the concept of Density to explore how mountains are built as well as how to throw a good Cinco de Mayo party at McMurdo Station Antarctica. He uses the Dr....
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
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Updated: September 5, 2013 - 5:54am
Author(s): Polar Discovery: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Excerpt: This 5 minute interview with polar researcher Carin Ashjian gives a glimpse into her study of oceanography and marine ecosystems in the Arctic.
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
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Article

Updated: January 5, 2012 - 12:26pm
Date: Mon, 12/05/2011
Publication: The Urbana Daily Citizen
Author(s): Chantelle Rose
Excerpt: PolarTREC teacher Chantelle Rose wrote a guest column for the The Urbana Daily Citizen. This is the third in a series of guest columns planned to cover the local teacher's trip to the Arctic.
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Expeditions: Winter Sampling
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Updated: March 12, 2012 - 3:27pm
Date: Wed, 09/05/2007
Publication: University of the Arctic Curriculum
Author(s): University of the Arctic
Excerpt: The Circumpolar World introduces students to the landscape, peoples and issues of the circumpolar region.
Grade Level: High school and Up
Updated: March 12, 2012 - 3:34pm
Date: Wed, 09/05/2007
Publication: University of the Arctic Curriculum
Author(s): University of the Arctic
Excerpt: This module gives a general overview of environmental issues that affect the Arctic, including climate change related themes. Compiled by Ake Bjorke, Lars Kullerud UNEP/GRID-Arendal, and Olav Hesjedal
Grade Level: High school and Up
Updated: March 12, 2012 - 3:38pm
Date: Wed, 09/05/2007
Publication: University of the Arctic Curriculum
Author(s):
University of the Arctic
Forbes and Young
Excerpt: The Circumpolar World introduces students to the landscape, peoples and issues of the circumpolar region. This module gives a brief introduction to the physical features and processes of the Arctic region and highlights the significant factors that influence those features and processes. Developed...
Grade Level: High school and Up
Updated: March 12, 2012 - 3:50pm
Publication: The Biology of the Polar Regions
Author(s):
David N. Thomas
United Nations Environment Programme
Excerpt: Chapter 2 of The Biology of the Polar Regions. An accessible supplementary text suitable for both senior undergraduate and graduate students taking courses in polar ecology.
Grade Level: High school and Up
Updated: August 28, 2012 - 11:43am
Date: Thu, 04/26/2012
Publication: The Wanderer
Author(s): Eric Tripoli
Excerpt: Kevin Tavares and his fourth graders at Old Hammondtown School in Massachusetts built a website to share what they were learning with the rest of the world. Mr. Tavares installed a location tracking device on the page that assigns a red dot to the country of each visitor. The students wanted to get...
Grade Level: All Ages
Link: The Wanderer
Updated: February 20, 2013 - 4:40pm
Publication: Frontier Scientists: A Nature Network Blog
Author(s): Liz O'Connell
Excerpt: This article describes the remarkable efforts of a team of scientists to extract cores from deep under a frozen lake in Siberia, Russia. PolarTREC teacher Tim Martin joined the project which will provide an astounding record of past climates preserved in layers of lake bed sediment. The sediment,...
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: February 21, 2013 - 11:21am
Date: Wed, 06/13/2012
Publication: NASA - Online Feature
Author(s): George Hale
Excerpt: In mid-April 2012, five teachers from Denmark, Greenland, and the United States, were given the experience of a lifetime. The teachers lived, worked, and flew alongside airborne polar scientists in Greenland, and saw firsthand how remote data are collected on NASA’s Operation IceBridge. In the...
Grade Level: All Ages
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Updated: June 22, 2012 - 2:41pm
Publication: University of the Arctic Curriculum
Author(s): Alec Aitken
Excerpt: College level information on northern hydrology. At the University of the Arctic, the primary aim of this course is to provide students with a more in-depth understanding of the lands and environments that defines the Circumpolar North.
Grade Level: High school and Up
Updated: July 23, 2012 - 6:09am
Date: Mon, 05/10/2010
Author(s):
Katie Oberthaler
CRESIS
Excerpt: An article on technology used for ground-based radar to measure basal conditions and internal layers in an area between two ice core drilling site locations.
Grade Level: High school and Up
Updated: June 26, 2012 - 4:52pm
Author(s): Alfred Wegener Institute
Excerpt: The Alfred Wegener Institute developed a corer for use in ice covered areas such as the Antarctic Ice Shelf. The sampler can be lowered and heaved through several 100 m deep ice boreholes. This resource explains the technology of this polar science tool.
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Updated: August 15, 2013 - 1:14pm
Date: Mon, 07/02/2012
Publication: The Daily Breeze
Author(s): Rob Kuznia
Excerpt: Article from the Daily Breeze (Los Angeles) describes PolarTREC teacher Cristina Solis's upcoming expedition to Barrow, Alaska.
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: August 15, 2012 - 9:51am
Publication: Frontier Scientists
Author(s): Frontier Scientists
Excerpt: This article and associated video describe the findings of researchers who undertook core drilling at Lake El’gygytgyn, a lake that sits today inside a basin formed by a meteorite that struck the earth 3.6 million years ago. An associated video allows us to hear the enthusiasm and details as...
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: October 11, 2012 - 12:00pm
Date: Tue, 09/18/2012
Publication: Western Carolina Magazine
Author(s): J. Balentine
Excerpt: Article posted in Western Carolina University's alumni magazine Class Notes section about Susan Steiner's expedition to Toolik Field Station, Alaska.
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: February 21, 2013 - 12:12pm
Date: Mon, 10/01/2012
Publication: Makin News
Author(s):
Susan Steiner
Ginger England
Excerpt: Susan Steiner, Science Teacher at Macon Early College High School, returns from her summer in the tundra
Grade Level: Elementary and Up
Link: Source
Related Expeditions: Tundra Nutrient Seasonality
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Updated: November 1, 2012 - 9:37am
Date: Thu, 11/01/2012
Publication: The Derrick / The News-Herald
Author(s): Russell Pekelnicky
Excerpt: PolarTREC teacher Tim Spuck presented on his experience with the IceBridge project, monitoring Greenland's glaciers and how they are being affected by climate change.
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Expeditions: Airborne Survey of Polar Ice
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Updated: November 19, 2012 - 6:37am
Date: Wed, 10/31/2012
Publication: Sun Sentinel/Boyton Forum
Author(s): Jan Engoren
Excerpt: Teacher Elizabeth Eubanks recently returned from a research trip to Costa Rica along with Steve Oberbauer, a professor of biological sciences at Florida International University. In 2008, they had traveled to Barrow, Alaska to study the role of global warming on Arctic ecosystems as part of a...
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Expeditions: Arctic Tundra Dynamics 08
Updated: November 13, 2012 - 11:38am
Date: Fri, 11/09/2012
Publication: Antarctic Sun
Author(s): Peter Rejcek
Excerpt: The Antarctic Sun published this news article about the WISSARD Project that PolarTREC Teacher Mike LeBaron is with at McMurdo Station. The article provides a brief overview of the project and some history about the projects origins.
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: January 15, 2013 - 11:45am
Date: Tue, 11/13/2012
Publication: The Daily Herald
Author(s): Susan Sarkauskas
Excerpt: This article in the suburban Chicago newspaper The Daily Herald, describes the WISSARD project and it's science objectives. The article highlights the work of NIU professor Dr. Ross Powell, John Winans, and graduate student Timothy Hodson.
Grade Level: All Ages
Link: View Article
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Updated: December 26, 2012 - 3:46pm
Date: Sat, 11/03/2012
Publication: The Gaston Gazette
Author(s): Amanda Merrick
Excerpt: The Gaston Gazette article outlining PolarTREC teacher Liz Ratliff's upcoming expedition to South Pole Station, Antarctica with the IceCube project.
Grade Level: All Ages
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Updated: February 21, 2013 - 12:22pm
Date: Tue, 12/18/2012
Publication: National Geographic News
Author(s): Marc Kaufman
Excerpt: National Geographic article about the WISSARD project that is studying subglacial lakes and streams in Antarctica.
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: February 28, 2013 - 11:14am
Date: Fri, 01/25/2013
Publication: Lake County News Sun
Author(s): Anna Tarkov
Excerpt: Article describing PolarTREC teacher Mark Buesing's upcoming expedition to Greenland in April to participate in NASA’s Operation IceBridge, a six-year mission to map polar ice.
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: March 5, 2013 - 10:52am
Date: Thu, 02/28/2013
Publication: Lake Norman Currents Magazine
Author(s): Lori K. Tate
Excerpt: Article about earth science and environmental science teacher Mike LeBaron's expedition to Antarctica as part of the WISSARD project (Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drilling) at McMurdo Station, Antarctica.
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: March 4, 2013 - 11:00am
Date: Wed, 02/13/2013
Publication: Chicago Tribune
Author(s): Amanda Marrazzo
Excerpt: Chicago Tribune article describing PolaTREC teacher Mark Buesing's expedition to Greenland with NASA's Operation IceBridge.
Grade Level: All Ages
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Updated: March 20, 2013 - 9:03am
Date: Tue, 03/19/2013
Publication: The Star-Ledger, www.nj.com
Author(s): Christina Giannantonio
Excerpt: PolarTREC teacher Bruce Taterka's expedition to Toolik Field Station is featured in a local paper.
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Members: Bruce Taterka
Updated: April 23, 2013 - 10:39am
Date: Tue, 01/01/2013
Publication: The Mount Magazine - Mount St.Mary's College
Author(s): Cristina Solis
Excerpt: Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles profiles one of its alumni, teacher Cristina Solis who also happens to be a PolarTREC alumnus. Read about her journey to become an educator and her participation in a PolarTREC study of microbial activity in thawing arctic permafrost near Barrow, Alaska.
Grade Level: All Ages
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Updated: January 30, 2014 - 11:00am
Date: Sun, 04/14/2013
Publication: Watertown Daily Times
Author(s): Watertown Daily Times
Excerpt: PolarTREC teacher Glenn clark is preparing for his 2013-14 expedition to Antarctica with researcher Amy Leventer.
Grade Level: All Ages
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Updated: April 23, 2013 - 10:43am
Date: Sat, 04/13/2013
Publication: Daily Herald
Author(s): Russell Lissau
Excerpt: Libertyville High's Mark Buesing working with NASA in Greenland. Veteran Libertyville High School science teacher Mark Buesing packed some cold-weather gear and headed to glacier-filled Greenland, where he is part of a NASA mission to study ice in both of our planet's polar regions.
Grade Level: All Ages
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Updated: April 26, 2013 - 6:16am
Date: Thu, 07/01/2010 - Sun, 05/01/2011
Publication: Global Change Biology (2011)
Author(s): Susan M. Natali, Edward A.G. Schuur, Christian Trucco, Caitline Hickspries, Kathryn G. Crummer, and Andres F. Baron Lopez
Excerpt: A scientific report describing the results of the CiPEHR Experiment as of 2011. This report attempts to answer these questions: (1) Does ecosystem warming cause a net release of C from the ecosystem to the atmosphere?, (2) Does the decomposition of old C that comprises the bulk of the soil C pool...
Grade Level: High school and Up
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Updated: October 1, 2013 - 10:43pm
Date: Mon, 09/08/2008 - Sat, 04/27/2013
Publication: http://www.usda.gov/fundinglapse.htm?
Author(s): Edward A. G. Schuur, James Bockheim, Josep G. Canadell, Eugenie Euskirchen, Christopher B. Field, Sergey V. Goryachkin, Stefen Hagemann, Peter Kuhry, Peter M. Lafleur, Hanna Lee, Galina Mazhitova. Frederick E. Nelson. Annette Rinke, Vladimir E. Romanovsky, Nikolay Shiklomanov, Charles Tarnocai, Sergey Venensky, Jason G. Vogel, and Sergei A. Zimov
Excerpt: This scientific article, focuses on one of the largest pools of global carbon that is, the organic C stored in permafrost (perennially frozen) ground, and on the vulnerability to change under an increasingly warmer climate.
Grade Level: High school and Up
Related Members: Ted Schuur
Updated: May 1, 2013 - 4:51pm
Date: Tue, 04/30/2013
Publication: Phys.Org
Author(s): Mark Buesing
Excerpt: Article describing the final stages of this year's Operation IceBridge, the NASA campaign to maintain and expand on Arctic ice measurements. Along with PolarTREC teacher Mark Buesing, the IceBridge team has successfully completed a variety of aerial measurements on sea ice, sub-ice bedrock and...
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Expeditions: Airborne Survey of Polar Ice
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Updated: July 23, 2013 - 12:53pm
Date: Fri, 05/24/2013
Publication: Libertyville Review
Author(s): Katlyn Smith
Excerpt: This article summarizes PolarTREC teacher Mark Buesing’s amazing and varied career as a cyclist, engineer, teacher, and now participant on NASA's airborne mission to map and measure ice in the Polar Regions.
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Expeditions: Airborne Survey of Polar Ice 2013
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Updated: July 8, 2013 - 10:50am
Date: Sat, 06/01/2013
Publication: Discover
Author(s): Douglas Fox
Excerpt: This story in Discover magazine profiles the work of the WISSARD (Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drilling) project team and the challenges faced by drilling thousands of feet into the West Antarctic Ice Sheet to reach a lake buried for millennia.
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Members: Mike LeBaron
Updated: July 16, 2013 - 6:54am
Date: Sun, 06/02/2013
Publication: CDAPress.com
Author(s): David Cole
Excerpt: Read this online interview with PolarTREC teacher Jamie Esler for a snapshot of his cool summer plans. Mr. Esler will be joining polar researchers Dr. Neal Iverson and Dr. Thomas Hooyer, and Scandinavian colleagues, in a remote location of Iceland for three weeks for his PolarTREC Expedition. The...
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Expeditions: Drumlin Formation in Iceland
Related Members: Jamie Esler
Updated: August 13, 2013 - 1:19pm
Date: Sat, 07/10/2010
Publication: Rawlins Daily Times
Author(s): Nicholas DeMarino
Excerpt: Rawlins Daily Times newspaper article about Lesley Urasky's upcoming PolarTREC expedition to Antarctica for the 2010-2011 research season
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Expeditions: Glacial History in Antarctica
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Updated: August 13, 2013 - 1:20pm
Publication: University of Wyoming Alumnews
Author(s): RoseMarie Aridas
Excerpt: An article about Lesley Urasky's PolarTREC expedition, Glacial History in Antarctica during the 2010-2011 research season that appeared in the University of Wyoming's Alumnews.
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Expeditions: Glacial History in Antarctica
Updated: August 13, 2013 - 1:21pm
Publication: In the Trenches (National Association of Geoscience Teachers)
Author(s): Lesley Urasky
Excerpt: Journal article about Lesley Urasky's PolarTREC expedition, Glacial History in Antarctica, published in "In the Trenches", the news magazine of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers.
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Expeditions: Glacial History in Antarctica
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Updated: August 21, 2013 - 8:38am
Date: Sun, 08/18/2013
Publication: The Star Ledger
Author(s): Ben Horowitz, reporter
Excerpt: Article in the New Jersey Star-Ledger newspaper and on www.nj.com about Bruce Taterka's PolarTREC expedition.
Grade Level: All Ages
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Updated: October 4, 2013 - 4:24pm
Publication: Remote Sensing of Environment
Excerpt: Satellite observations of circulation features associated with a bowhead whale feeding ‘hotspot’ near Barrow, Alaska. Remote Sensing of Environment. 115:2168-2174 Okkonen, S.R., C. Ashjian, R.G. Campbell, J.T. Clarke, S.E. Moore, and K.D. Taylor. 2011. Alaska Marine Mammal Stock Assessments, 2012
Grade Level: High school and Up
Updated: November 14, 2013 - 3:24pm
Date: Sun, 11/10/2013
Publication: azdailysun.com
Author(s): Eric Betz
Excerpt: Researcher Egbert Schwartz and PolarTREC teacher Justin Kendhammer will travel to the Dry Valleys of Antarctica in search of life in the seemingly barren soil. One of the questions they will attempt to answer is whether microbes in the soil are native to Antarctic soil or whether they have been...
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: January 29, 2014 - 9:50am
Date: Wed, 12/04/2013
Publication: North Country Public Radio Website
Author(s): Todd Moe
Excerpt: Follow the link in this article to hear an audio recording about PolarTREC teacher Glenn Clark's preparation for a trek to the Totten Glacier System in Antarctica this winter.
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
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Updated: February 16, 2014 - 12:02pm
Date: Mon, 12/23/2013
Author(s): The White House Office of the Press Secretary
Excerpt: President Obama recently named 102 researchers as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers....
Grade Level: All Ages
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Updated: March 14, 2014 - 8:55am
Date: Thu, 03/13/2014
Publication: Daily Record Newspaper
Author(s): Michael Izzo
Excerpt: Article on B. Taterka in the Daily Record, a local newspaper in Morris County, NJ.
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Members: Bruce Taterka
Updated: March 26, 2014 - 8:41am
Date: Wed, 03/12/2014
Publication: Yuman News Now
Author(s): Yuman News Now
Excerpt: Researchers aboard NASA's P-3 research aircraft left Virginia, March 10 for Greenland to begin a new season of collecting data on Arctic land and sea ice. The mission, known as Operation IceBridge, is to gather data on changes to polar ice. PolarTREC teacher Russell Hood will join the expedition in...
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Expeditions: Airborne Survey of Polar Ice 2014
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Presentation

Updated: July 9, 2012 - 11:40am
Date: Sat, 07/07/2012
Author(s): Steve Roof
Excerpt: A PDF copy of Steve Roof's lecture on the Quaternary glaciation of Svalbard.
Grade Level: High school and Up
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Updated: February 20, 2014 - 7:12pm
Author(s): Turtle Haste
Excerpt: This is a stand-alone PowerPoint presentation about sediments that could be used to complement an Earth Science lesson. Credit: Turtle Haste haste [at] aps [dot] edu
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Updated: October 15, 2012 - 11:49am
Author(s): Tammy Orilio
Excerpt: This is a stand-alone PowerPoint presentation on glacial erosion features that could be used to complement a lesson in Earth Science. Credit: Tammy Orilio at tammyorilio [at] gmail [dot] com
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Updated: October 11, 2012 - 11:42am
Author(s): Julia West
Excerpt: The attached PowerPoint is an introduction to thermal stratification and turnover in lakes, and interpretation of temperature profile data. The stand-alone presentation can be used to complement a lesson in Earth Science. Credit: Julia West at jwest [at] oakmeadow [dot] com
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Anne Jensen
Updated: November 16, 2012 - 8:01am
Date: Fri, 05/18/2012 - Thu, 05/24/2012
Author(s): Anne Jensen
Excerpt: Senior Scientist Anne Jensen gave a presentation about cultural resilience and sustainability at the 2012 Arctic Ocean Ecosystem Workshop in Barrow, Alaska. Read more about her archaeological work here.
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
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Updated: November 13, 2012 - 10:59am
Date: Tue, 10/30/2012
Author(s): Susan Steiner
Excerpt: Presented Powerpoint slideshow including two interactive activities for two 90 minutes sessions of North Carolina New Schools Common Practices Symposium. The presentation included activities I've used in the classroom based on the PolarTREC experience, as well as images from the summer at Toolik.
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Expeditions: Tundra Nutrient Seasonality
Updated: November 13, 2012 - 11:04am
Date: Thu, 11/08/2012
Author(s):
Susan Steiner
Nick LaFave
Excerpt: Powerpoint presentation given at 2012 North Carolina Science Teachers Association professional development conference "Catch the Wave". Co-presenters Nick LaFave and Susan Steiner presented their PolarTREC experiences and information about PolarTREC.
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Lee Cooper
Updated: November 19, 2012 - 10:42am
Date: Fri, 05/18/2012 - Thu, 05/24/2012
Author(s): Lee Cooper
Excerpt: Dr. Lee Cooper presents his research at the 2012 Arctic Ocean Ecosystem Workshop in Barrow, Alaska on arctic ocean processes and how these relate to oceans around the world.
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Related Members: Lee Cooper
Updated: April 9, 2013 - 6:22am
Date: Sun, 03/10/2013 - Tue, 03/12/2013
Author(s):
Daniel Frost
Michael Retelle
Steve Roof
Excerpt: A poster by PolarTREC alum Dan Frost describing the integration of Arctic research into secondary education through a field season in Svalbard. It details possibilities for curriculum building and outreach through Arctic field work experience.
Grade Level: High school and Up
Related Expeditions: High Arctic Change 2012
Updated: August 20, 2013 - 6:00am
Date: Sat, 03/03/2012
Author(s):
Samantha Hansen
IRIS Core Programs
Excerpt: A one hour webinar by Dr. Samantha Hansen on geology and seismology in Antarctica as part of a webinar series for IRIS Core Programs. (www.iris.edu)
Grade Level: High school and Up
Related Members: Samantha Hansen
Updated: August 27, 2013 - 1:26pm
Date: Mon, 05/20/2013
Author(s): Mark Buesing
Excerpt: This presentation to the District 128 school board highlighted the science and adventure of NASA's Operation IceBridge and why science, technology, engineering, and math are vital to all our students. Links and credits to videos in the presentation can all be found in the video information on...
Grade Level: Elementary and Up
Related Expeditions: Airborne Survey of Polar Ice 2013
Title: Polar Ice
Updated: December 16, 2013 - 9:51am
Author(s): Jeanine Gelhaus
Excerpt: This presentation is designed to supplement an eighth grade science unit on polar ice but could easily be used for other audiences. The presentation covers the differences between ice in the Arctic and Antarctica, how ice affects salinity, temperature and currents, an exploration of various ice...
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Title: Antarctica
Updated: December 16, 2013 - 9:50am
Author(s): Jeanine Gelhaus
Excerpt: This PowerPoint presentation could be used as part of an introductory or supplementary unit on Antarctica. The presentation includes stunning visuals and general facts about Antarctica. Jeanine Gelhaus <gelhaje [at] medford [dot] k12 [dot] wi [dot] us> Capstone Project Fall 2013. Integrated...
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Updated: January 27, 2014 - 10:07am
Date: Sat, 01/11/2014
Author(s): Skidompha Public Library
Excerpt: Skidompha Public Library's Chats with Champions speaker program hosted well-known Nobleboro Central School teacher Ken Williams and his former student Seth Campbell at the library's Porter Meeting Hall at 2 PM on Saturday, January 11, 2014. The two explained the unofficial title of their...
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Image

Updated: July 31, 2012 - 12:30pm
Date: Tue, 07/31/2012
Excerpt: Here is a high resolution .pdf of the mooring C ice-out temperature probe data from the Lake Linne, Svalbard (Norway) water column.
Updated: April 3, 2013 - 9:55am
Author(s):
Michael Studinger
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Excerpt: The Transantarctic Mountains are an extreme example of rift flank uplift, extending over 3500 km across Antarctica and reaching elevations up to 4500 m (see map of the region). The mountain range was formed in the extensional environment associated with the breakup of Gondwanaland. Geological and...
Related Members: Michael Studinger
Greenland Ice Core Timeline
Updated: April 16, 2014 - 3:17pm
Author(s):
Zoe Courville
Dr. Mary Albert
Excerpt: This graphic is a summit ice core timeline depicting the phenomena that as we drill deeper ice cores, the ice gets older. The graphic compares this timeframe with major milestones in history. It is a concept developed by Zoe Courville and Dr. Mary Albert at Dartmouth University, in partnership with...
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Updated: August 13, 2013 - 2:07pm
Author(s): Iowa Public Radio
Excerpt: Here is a great interview with Dr. Iverson on Iowa Public Radio. He gives an excellent overview of the research, why he has chosen Mulajokull as a location, and the significance of understanding glacial mechanics and movement in light of global climate change.
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Image Greenland Ice Core Timeline This graphic is a summit ice core timeline depicting the phenomena that as we drill deeper ice cores, the ice gets older. The graphic compares this timeframe with major milestones in history. It is a concept developed by Zoe Courville and Dr. Mary Albert at Dartmouth University, in partnership with... 16 April 2014
Lesson What Is My Footprint? Overview Students will investigate what a carbon footprint is and calculate their own personal carbon footprint. Finally, students will develop ways to reduce their carbon footprint. Objectives Students will know that the principles of chemistry underlie the functioning of biological systems.... Less than a week Middle School and Up 12 April 2014
Article NASA - Operation IceBridge Begins New Arctic Campaign Researchers aboard NASA's P-3 research aircraft left Virginia, March 10 for Greenland to begin a new season of collecting data on Arctic land and sea ice. The mission, known as Operation IceBridge, is to gather data on changes to polar ice. PolarTREC teacher Russell Hood will join the expedition in... All Ages 26 March 2014
Article Morris Teacher on Front Lines of Climate Research Article on B. Taterka in the Daily Record, a local newspaper in Morris County, NJ. All Ages 14 March 2014
Web Link Samantha Hansen honored by President Obama This video clip from from Alabama TV 13 News profiles PolarTREC researcher Dr. Samantha Hansen's work studying the history of landforms in Antarctica. Dr. Hansen will be one of a hundred scientists to be awarded the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. All Ages 13 March 2014
Lesson Can Carbon Dioxide Act Like a Greenhouse Gas? Overview Textbooks say that carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas and can make earth's climate hotter. Try this lab to see if carbon dioxide gas can really act like a greenhouse. Objectives Students should be able to make a hypothesis, perform an experiment, analyze data and write a conclusion... Less than a week Middle School and Up 13 March 2014
Web Link Cambio Clmático Global y Regional - Climate Change Course for science teachers in Spanish The CIMSS/UW-Madison Global and Regional Climate Change course for G6-12 science teachers has been translated to Spanish and is now available online. The translation was done by Juan Botella, a native Spanish speaker who teaches high school science in Madison, WI and a former PolarTREC teacher.... Middle School and Up 13 March 2014
Lesson Sea Ice Impact Overview This lesson investigates the impact of melting and freezing arctic sea ice on the properties of salinity, temperature and density that contribute to the stratification of ocean waters. This lesson combines several learning approaches including a hands-on lab, a web-quest and collaboration... More than a week High school and Up 9 March 2014
Presentation Looking Beneath - How Scientists Gather Information From Sediments This is a stand-alone PowerPoint presentation about sediments that could be used to complement an Earth Science lesson. Credit: Turtle Haste haste [at] aps [dot] edu Middle School and Up 20 February 2014
Video Antarctic Rocks: Telling Polar Stories This short video provides an overview of the types of rocks found in Antarctica and what we can learn about Antarctica from polar geology. This video is designed to accompany the September 2008 issue of the free online magazine, Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears. The magazine is a professional... Less than 1 period All Ages 20 February 2014
Article President Obama Honors Outstanding Early-Career Scientists President Obama recently named 102 researchers as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.... All Ages 16 February 2014
Article Parishville-Hopkinton teacher prepares for trip to Antarctica PolarTREC teacher Glenn clark is preparing for his 2013-14 expedition to Antarctica with researcher Amy Leventer. All Ages 30 January 2014
Article Parishville-Hopkinton teacher to study ice, environment in Antarctica Follow the link in this article to hear an audio recording about PolarTREC teacher Glenn Clark's preparation for a trek to the Totten Glacier System in Antarctica this winter. Middle School and Up 29 January 2014
Lesson Clean Air - Good For Us and Our Environment Overview In this lesson, students will play a fun board game that teaches about the sources and types of some air pollutants, and how they affect the health of both people and the environment. Students will learn that not all pollutants are greenhouse gases. This game can be a lead-in for a... About 1 period Middle School and Up 29 January 2014
Presentation Linking Maine to Alaska: K-12 education outreach Skidompha Public Library's Chats with Champions speaker program hosted well-known Nobleboro Central School teacher Ken Williams and his former student Seth Campbell at the library's Porter Meeting Hall at 2 PM on Saturday, January 11, 2014. The two explained the unofficial title of their... 27 January 2014
Activity Mystery Solution Lab Overview Through investigation, you will determine which solution has the highest density. Objective To determine, through experimentation, which of a variety of solutions has the highest density. Preparation Background: The waters of the ocean are constantly moving in many different ways. The... About 1 period Middle School and Up 29 December 2013
Lesson Climate Ocean Currents Overview This lesson includes a variety of research activities and a lab that all help demonstrate the science behind convection currents. Objectives Through the following activities and lab students will discover: that temperature and salinity affect the density of fluids (liquids and gases)... About a week Middle School and Up 29 December 2013
Lesson Invasive Species Under Ice Overview Antarctica is the coldest, driest place on Earth with a fairly limited number of native species which have adapted to these extreme conditions over millions of years. As a result, it's not very likely that a non-native species would survive there . . . right? Actually ever since... About a week High school and Up 21 December 2013
Presentation Polar Ice This presentation is designed to supplement an eighth grade science unit on polar ice but could easily be used for other audiences. The presentation covers the differences between ice in the Arctic and Antarctica, how ice affects salinity, temperature and currents, an exploration of various ice... Middle School and Up 16 December 2013
Presentation Antarctica This PowerPoint presentation could be used as part of an introductory or supplementary unit on Antarctica. The presentation includes stunning visuals and general facts about Antarctica. Jeanine Gelhaus <gelhaje [at] medford [dot] k12 [dot] wi [dot] us> Capstone Project Fall 2013. Integrated... Middle School and Up 16 December 2013
Web Link Basics of Polar Geology Rocks and minerals make up the earth around us. But what exactly are rocks and minerals? What is the difference between them? How do they form? Where are they found? This article provides content knowledge about minerals, the three types of rocks, the rock cycle, and polar geology as well as... All Ages 9 December 2013
Activity Ice Sheet Activity: Make an 'Ice' Sheet The attached Ice Sheets flyer, produced by the International Polar Year (IPY) Programme Office, includes a summary of information about ice sheets in both the Arctic and Antarctica, followed by an activity which allows students to make their own realistic model of an ice sheet with commonly... Less than 1 period All Ages 9 December 2013
Article Flag educators off to find out how microorganisms in Antarctic soil got there Researcher Egbert Schwartz and PolarTREC teacher Justin Kendhammer will travel to the Dry Valleys of Antarctica in search of life in the seemingly barren soil. One of the questions they will attempt to answer is whether microbes in the soil are native to Antarctic soil or whether they have been... All Ages 14 November 2013
Event Lisa Seff on Bringing Polar Science to Classrooms and Communities This one hour webinar with PolarTREC teacher Lisa Seff shares ideas and experiences on bringing polar science into your classroom and community. Her work focuses on the oceanographic conditions of bowhead whale habitat. About 1 period 25 October 2013
Web Link Interactive Glacier Simulations A web site with many interactive simulations suitable for teaching. The glacier simulation specifically allows users to see, among other things, how environmental conditions such as temperature and precipitation impact glacier size and flow. All Ages 23 October 2013
Web Link Time Travel in the Alaskan Arctic Travel back in time as scientists and PolarTREC teacher Karl Horeis take you out to their dig sites to uncover hidden clues about early human settlement in arctic Alaska. This video is part of a larger story on the Frontier Scientists website (http://frontierscientists.com/), the University of... All Ages 17 October 2013
Video Tunnel Man Episode 1 - Ice in Permafrost Tunnel Man is a super hero who lives in Ice Tunnels, and teaches children and adults about the unique geomorphology of Alaska. Tunnel Man is played by Kenji Yoshikawa, a Research Associate Professor for the Institute of Northern Engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Tunnel Man's... Less than 1 period All Ages 17 October 2013
Web Link Soil Microbes and Greenhouse Gases In this video adapted from KUAC-TV and the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, learn how one-celled organisms in permafrost may be contributing to greenhouse gas levels and global warming. Investigate how soil microbes, once thought to be dormant in cold temperatures, may... Middle School and Up 16 October 2013
Web Link Teachers Domain - Polar Sciences Collection Teacher's Domain is an online educational service with two related components — Collections and Courses — that help teachers enhance their students' learning experiences and advance their own teaching skills. This collection was built to celebrate the International Polar Year. Learn about the... All Ages 15 October 2013
Article Bowhead whale feeding hotspots Satellite observations of circulation features associated with a bowhead whale feeding ‘hotspot’ near Barrow, Alaska. Remote Sensing of Environment. 115:2168-2174 Okkonen, S.R., C. Ashjian, R.G. Campbell, J.T. Clarke, S.E. Moore, and K.D. Taylor. 2011. Alaska Marine Mammal Stock Assessments, 2012 High school and Up 4 October 2013
Article Vulnerability of Permafrost Carbon to Climate Change: Implications for the Global Carbon Cycle2 This scientific article, focuses on one of the largest pools of global carbon that is, the organic C stored in permafrost (perennially frozen) ground, and on the vulnerability to change under an increasingly warmer climate. High school and Up 1 October 2013
Lesson Getting MAD about Magnetics Overview NASA's Operation IceBridge images Earth's polar ice in unprecedented detail to better understand processes that connect the Polar Regions with the global climate system. IceBridge uses a specialized fleet of aircraft and the most sophisticated suite of science instruments ever assembled... About 1 period High school and Up 1 October 2013
Lesson Mapping A Photographic Investigation Organizing Questions: 1) Why is it important to collect large quantities of research data? 2) How can photographing a subject be similar to scientific observation? 3) How can one plot photographic data on a map? Introduction: This lesson was written for a Photography I course, to be taught in a... About a week High school and Up 1 October 2013
Lesson An Introduction to Repeat Photography Overview It's All About Repetition! In this lesson, we will learn what repeat photography is, and discuss how it can be used in scientific analysis. Introduction What is repeat photography? It is the taking of photographs from the same location, over time, to document changes. This tool has... Less than a week High school and Up 20 September 2013
Lesson Lesson: Is Greenland Really THAT Big? Overview NASA's Operation IceBridge images Earth's polar ice in unprecedented detail to better understand processes that connect the Polar Regions with the global climate system. IceBridge uses a specialized fleet of aircraft and the most sophisticated suite of science instruments ever assembled... About 1 period High school and Up 17 September 2013
Web Link Windows to the Universe - CTD Instrument Learn about how scientists measure salinity, temperature, and depth (CTD). Information can be found in Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels, as well as in English or Spanish language. Elementary and Up 6 September 2013
Video Interview with Carin Ashjian This 5 minute interview with polar researcher Carin Ashjian gives a glimpse into her study of oceanography and marine ecosystems in the Arctic. Less than 1 period Middle School and Up 5 September 2013
Web Link Ocean Water Properties Gain a basic understanding of ocean water properties and how they interact: Temperature, Salinity, and Density. Middle School and Up 30 August 2013
Web Link NOAA: All about Ocean Currents Beginning with the definition of ocean currents, NOAA presents a multiple resources on types of currents, measurements, and currents affect our lives. All Ages 30 August 2013
Web Link Arctic: The Frozen Ocean Most everyone knows that the Arctic is located at the top of the planet and home to the north pole. But did you know the average winter temperature is minus 30 degrees Fahrenheit, and during summer, the temperature can climb to plus 50 degrees? That the Arctic is the only place polar bears live?... Middle School and Up 30 August 2013
Web Link Windows to the Universe - Arctic Ocean Windows to the universe is brought to you by the National Earth Science Teachers Association. Tabs specific to the Arctic Ocean and Oceanography are available from this main page. Information can be found in Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels, as well as in English or Spanish language.... All Ages 30 August 2013
Presentation PolarTREC and NASA's Operation IceBridge Presentation This presentation to the District 128 school board highlighted the science and adventure of NASA's Operation IceBridge and why science, technology, engineering, and math are vital to all our students. Links and credits to videos in the presentation can all be found in the video information on... Elementary and Up 27 August 2013
Lesson Feasting on Faults This student lesson focuses on plate tectonics and large-scale system interactions, utilizing PolarTREC teacher Brian DuBay's Transantarctic Mountains expedition videos. Objectives: The student will investigate, make observations, and analyze geologic processes of plate tectonics. Key concepts... About 1 period Middle School and Up 27 August 2013
Web Link National Geographic Polar Regions MapMaker Kits MapMaker Kits offer K-12 students the opportunity to work with key mapping concepts at a variety of scales and to see the world in new ways. Unique large-scale maps and activities engage students in the manipulation and analysis of a variety of geographic information sets, helping them build skills... All Ages 27 August 2013
Lesson Arctic SEAsons Overview This lesson was written for the 2012 Arctic Ocean Ecosystem Workshop and was inspired by the research work conducted off the coast of Barrow, Alaska by researchers Steve Okonnen and Patricia Yager with PolarTREC teachers Lollie Garay and Chantelle Rose. Students will engage in a series of... About a week Middle School and Up 27 August 2013
Article Environmental educator learns about climate change in Alaska during his latest expedition Article in the New Jersey Star-Ledger newspaper and on www.nj.com about Bruce Taterka's PolarTREC expedition. All Ages 21 August 2013
Presentation Geologic Structure at the Bottom of the World: Highlights of Antarctic Seismology A one hour webinar by Dr. Samantha Hansen on geology and seismology in Antarctica as part of a webinar series for IRIS Core Programs. (www.iris.edu) High school and Up 20 August 2013
Article Destination: North Pole for Torrance Teacher Article from the Daily Breeze (Los Angeles) describes PolarTREC teacher Cristina Solis's upcoming expedition to Barrow, Alaska. All Ages 15 August 2013
Event Mark Buesing and NASA IceBridge This one hour live web event is hosted by Mark Buesing. Mark worked with the NASA IceBridge team to survey polar ice over Greenland in 2013. About 1 period 14 August 2013
Event Jamie Esler and the Drumlin Formation in Iceland Expedition This one hour PolarConnect event is with Jamie Esler and the research team in central Iceland. The focus of this event is on drumlin formations and their importance. n/a 13 August 2013
Audio Doctor Iverson on Iowa Public Radio Here is a great interview with Dr. Iverson on Iowa Public Radio. He gives an excellent overview of the research, why he has chosen Mulajokull as a location, and the significance of understanding glacial mechanics and movement in light of global climate change. About 1 period All Ages 13 August 2013
Article PolarTREC: To Antarctica in the Name of Research and Teaching Journal article about Lesley Urasky's PolarTREC expedition, Glacial History in Antarctica, published in "In the Trenches", the news magazine of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. All Ages 13 August 2013
Article Lesley Urasky Practices Hands On (And Coats On) Science An article about Lesley Urasky's PolarTREC expedition, Glacial History in Antarctica during the 2010-2011 research season that appeared in the University of Wyoming's Alumnews. All Ages 13 August 2013
Article Out of the Refrigerator and Into the Freezer Rawlins Daily Times newspaper article about Lesley Urasky's upcoming PolarTREC expedition to Antarctica for the 2010-2011 research season All Ages 13 August 2013
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Lesson Greenhouse Gases and Climate Change Research Paper Overview There is so much media hype and public misunderstanding regarding the issue of climate change that advanced students need to be equipped to sort through the information available, find data from appropriately moderated scientific data bases, and learn to support their views with good... More than a week High school and Up 30 July 2013
Event Bruce Taterka and Nell Kemp at Toolik Field Station This one hour PolarConnect event is Nell Kemp and Bruce Taterka at Toolik field station studying wolf spiders and tundra/microbial interactions, respectively. About 1 period 23 July 2013
Article Libertyville High School teacher sharing lessons from Greenland NASA mission This article summarizes PolarTREC teacher Mark Buesing’s amazing and varied career as a cyclist, engineer, teacher, and now participant on NASA's airborne mission to map and measure ice in the Polar Regions. All Ages 23 July 2013
Article Jamie Esler: A cool summer adventure Read this online interview with PolarTREC teacher Jamie Esler for a snapshot of his cool summer plans. Mr. Esler will be joining polar researchers Dr. Neal Iverson and Dr. Thomas Hooyer, and Scandinavian colleagues, in a remote location of Iceland for three weeks for his PolarTREC Expedition. The... All Ages 16 July 2013
Video Working at Terra Nova, Antarctica Working at Terra Nova, Antarctica. This is the Italian Base where PolarTREC teacher Brian Dubay and his team continued their study of the Transantarctic Mountains. Less than 1 period All Ages 16 July 2013
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Activity Is it Getting Warm in Here? Ecology - Carbon Cycle Objective Just as the increase in atmospheric CO2 is causing the global air temperture to rise, the container with the added CO2 will trap more heat inside and will show a higher internal temperature. Overview This activity/demonstration can be used directly following lessons on greenhouse... About 1 period Elementary and Up 11 July 2013
Article Life Under Antarctica's Ice This story in Discover magazine profiles the work of the WISSARD (Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drilling) project team and the challenges faced by drilling thousands of feet into the West Antarctic Ice Sheet to reach a lake buried for millennia. All Ages 8 July 2013
Activity Polar Week Unit Plan This polar-themed unit plan provides a resource for teachers looking for ways to integrate a variety of challenging lessons and activities into their curriculum. The lessons touch on a variety of subject areas including language arts, math, and science. The unit is designed for a 3rd grade class... More than a week Elementary and Up 30 June 2013
Video Hunting for Methane with Katey Walter Anthony University of Alaska Fairbanks Professor Katey Walter Anthony takes us onto a frozen lake in Fairbanks, AK to demonstrate why methane gas has "exploded" onto the climate change scene. Less than 1 period Middle School and Up 30 June 2013
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Lesson Seeing What You Can't See Overview Have you ever wondered how polar scientists do it? How do they really know if the planet is loosing vast quantities of ice anyway? You can use pictures from satellites to monitor the surface from year to year, but the vast majority of ice is hidden from view, buried beneath the surface... About 1 period Middle School and Up 28 June 2013
Lesson Investigating Polar Science Overview Students will investigate the breadth and depth of science taking place in the Polar Regions by reading and learning about one PolarTREC expedition and sharing it with the class. Objectives To expose students to the wide variety of science happening in the Polar Regions To help... Less than a week Middle School and Up 28 June 2013
Web Link Mystery Class: Tracking Sunlight to Solve a Mystery Mystery Class is a global game of hide-and-seek. Follow photoperiod clues to search for ten secret sites around the world. Track sunlight to solve a mystery! Discover the reasons for seasons along the way. All Ages 14 June 2013
Video GuacScience: Density, Guacamole, and Mountain Building Antarctic educator, Mark Walsh, created this video for the PolarTREC 2013 spring online professional development course. This video uses the concept of Density to explore how mountains are built as well as how to throw a good Cinco de Mayo party at McMurdo Station Antarctica. He uses the Dr.... Less than 1 period Middle School and Up 14 June 2013
Lesson See You as a Scientist! Research Adventures in the Transantarctic Mountains (TAMs) Overview: Students will use the TAMMNET project and accompanying PolarTREC resources to learn about seismology in the Antarctic, culminating in the creation of an annotated map using google maps. Objective: Students will understand the different ways mountain ranges are formed, and appreciate... Less than a week Middle School and Up 2 June 2013
Web Link The Polar Earth Observing Network (POLENET) POLENET (The Polar Earth Observing Network) is a global network dedicated to observing the polar regions in a changing world. The project is focused on collecting GPS and seismic data from autonomous systems deployed at remote sites spanning much of the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets. GPS and... Elementary and Up 25 May 2013
Video Helicopter flights in Antarctica Helicopter flights in Antarctica with annotations on specific geographic and geologic features. Less than 1 period All Ages 6 May 2013
Article NASA's IceBridge finishing up successful Arctic campaign Article describing the final stages of this year's Operation IceBridge, the NASA campaign to maintain and expand on Arctic ice measurements. Along with PolarTREC teacher Mark Buesing, the IceBridge team has successfully completed a variety of aerial measurements on sea ice, sub-ice bedrock and... All Ages 1 May 2013
Event Tom Lane and Carbon Balance in Warming and Drying Tundra This one hour webinar is for students and the public hosted by Tom Lane. The team is studying carbon balance in warming and drying tundra in Healy, Alaska. About 1 period 1 May 2013
Article Effects of experimental warming of air, soil and permafrost on carbon balance in Alaskan tundra A scientific report describing the results of the CiPEHR Experiment as of 2011. This report attempts to answer these questions: (1) Does ecosystem warming cause a net release of C from the ecosystem to the atmosphere?, (2) Does the decomposition of old C that comprises the bulk of the soil C pool... High school and Up 26 April 2013
Lesson Water Cycling: Movement through Watersheds and Water Tracks Overview Students will conduct a demonstration that will help them gain a better understanding of the water cycle and runoff in a watershed. They will be able to replicate arctic and non-arctic watersheds by varying the size of the watershed. They will be able to visualize the difference in runoff... Less than a week Middle School and Up 26 April 2013
Event Brian DuBay and the use of multimedia of polar education This one hour webinar is for educatorson the use of video and social media tools to bring polar science into the classroom. PolarTREC teacher Brian DuBay speaks in the context of his expedition to study the Transantarctic Mountains, Antarctica. About 1 period 25 April 2013
Article Libertyville High teacher goes to Greenland with NASA Libertyville High's Mark Buesing working with NASA in Greenland. Veteran Libertyville High School science teacher Mark Buesing packed some cold-weather gear and headed to glacier-filled Greenland, where he is part of a NASA mission to study ice in both of our planet's polar regions. All Ages 23 April 2013
Article Middle school teacher brings arctic research to the classroom Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles profiles one of its alumni, teacher Cristina Solis who also happens to be a PolarTREC alumnus. Read about her journey to become an educator and her participation in a PolarTREC study of microbial activity in thawing arctic permafrost near Barrow, Alaska. All Ages 23 April 2013
Web Link Permafrost lab The Geophysical Institute Permafrost Laboratory (GIPL) The Permafrost Laboratory deals with scientific questions related to the circumpolar permafrost dynamics and feedbacks between permafrost and global change. At the Permafrost Laboratory, data related to the thermal and structural state of... All Ages 23 April 2013
Event Dr. Samantha Hansen and the tectonic history of the Transantarctic Mountains This one hour webinar is part of the online polar professional development course on physical science for educators. Dr. Hansen focuses on her research of the tectonic history of the Transantarctic Mountain in Antarctica. About 1 period 17 April 2013
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Web Link Geologic Information about Antarctica Antarctica's Gamburtsev Province Project (AGAP) provides an overview of antarctic geologic information. Middle School and Up 12 April 2013
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Web Link Mountain Building and Plate Tectonics PolarTREC researcher Samantha Hansen shares this resource as a background to her work and information on geologic processes. Middle School and Up 12 April 2013
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Video Permafrost: The Tipping Time Bomb The Yale Climate Forum released this YouTube video on Permafrost in 2013. The causes and effects of melting permafrost are explained and linked to larger phenomena. Visit the Yale Climate Forum Website to learn more. Less than 1 period High school and Up 9 April 2013
Video TransAntarctic Scenery Flying through the Eisenhower Range, Priestley Glacier, and Mario Zuchelli Less than 1 period All Ages 3 April 2013
Video Seismometer at Palmer Station Learning more about the seismometers at Palmer Station, Antarctica. Less than 1 period All Ages 3 April 2013
Video Beginning Year - Bill Schmoker A message to my students on the first day of school and instructions for completing their student journals while I'm on my cruise. Less than 1 period All Ages 3 April 2013
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Video Gas Hydrate Core Sample Video created by PolarTREC teacher Bill Schmoker onboard the International Continental Shelf Survey. This was the first piston core that returned a gas hydrate sample in the core cutter. The hydrate was about 20 feet beneath the sea floor. Once on deck it began fizzing with escaping methane. Gas... Less than 1 period All Ages 3 April 2013
Video Bill Schmoker - Ice Maker Less than 1 period All Ages 3 April 2013
Video PH Photocell fill Bill Schmoker with the International Continental Shelf Survey expedition. Less than 1 period All Ages 3 April 2013
Video USCGC Healy Boat Opps Boat opps aboard the USCGC Healy during the 2010 International Extended Continental Shelf Survey, filmed by PolarTREC teacher Bill Schmoker. Here we see the launch and deployment of the Arctic Service Boat. Less than 1 period All Ages 3 April 2013
Video USCGC Healy Breaking Heavy Ice Breaking heavy ice in the Canada Basin (northern Arctic Ocean) aboard the USCGC Healy during the 2010 International Extended Continental Shelf Survey. In the distance notice the Canadian Coast Guard Cutter Louis S. St. Laurent. Filmed by PolarTREC teacher Bill Schmoker. Less than 1 period All Ages 3 April 2013
Video Ice Buoy Deployment aboard USCGC Healy Deploying an ice buoy from the USCGC Healy in the Beaufort Sea. The buoy drifts with the ice pack and relays its position to a satellite and so can be used to monitor ice movement. Filmed by PolarTREC Teacher Bill Schmoker on the 2010 International Extended Continental Shelf Survey. Less than 1 period All Ages 3 April 2013
Video Conducting a CTD cast aboard the USCGC Healy Conducting a CTD cast aboard the USCGC Healy. Launched from the starboard A-frame, this device measures Conductivity (to determine salinity), Temperature, & Depth and returns water samples from user-selected depths via the array ("rosette") of trippable Niskin bottles. Filmed by PolarTREC... Less than 1 period All Ages 3 April 2013
Video Building and Installing Seismometers Dr. Samantha Hansen and the team building and installing seismometers in Antarctica. Less than 1 period All Ages 3 April 2013
Video CTD cast aboard USCGC Healy Readying the 12-bottle CTD for a cast aboard the USCGC Healy on the 2010 International Extended Continental Shelf Survey. Here the USGS/University of South Florida Arctic Ocean Acidification Study team have replaced one Niskin Bottle with a prototype autonomous high precision spectrophotometric pH... Less than 1 period All Ages 3 April 2013
Video Arriving in Dutch Harbor 2010 PolarTREC teacher Bill Schmoker arriving in Dutch Harbor, Unalaska Island, AK to begin his International Extended Continental Shelf Survey expedition aboard the USCGC Healy. Less than 1 period All Ages 3 April 2013
Video USCGC Healy experiencing the first ice of 2010 International Extended Continental Shelf Survey USCGC Healy experiencing the first ice of 2010 International Extended Continental Shelf Survey in the Bering Sea. Filmed by PolarTREC teacher Bill Schmoker. Less than 1 period All Ages 3 April 2013
Video RHI opps on USCGC Healy Launch & recovery of the RHI (rigid-hull inflatable) boat aboard the USCGC Healy in foggy conditions. Filmed in the Canada Basin (northern Arctic Ocean) during the 2010 International Extended Continental Shelf Survey by PolarTREC teacher Bill Schmoker. Less than 1 period All Ages 3 April 2013
Video Gas Hydrate recovery from Southern Beaufort Sea aboard USCGC Healy Gas (methane) Hydrate ice recovered in core catcher during bottom sampling opps aboard USCGC Healy in the Southern Beaufort Sea during the 2010 International Extended Continental Shelf Survey. Filmed by PolarTREC teacher Bill Schmoker. Less than 1 period All Ages 3 April 2013
Video Gravity Coring Opps on USCGC Healy in Southern Beaufort Sea Conducting gravity coring operations aboard the USCGC Healy in the Southern Beaufort Sea during the 2010 International Extended Continental Shelf Survey. This is a simple way to retrieve soft sediment cores- the coring pipe is driven into the sea bed by the 2-ton weight at the top of the coring... Less than 1 period All Ages 3 April 2013
Video Black-legged Kittiwakes & Herring Gull in the Arctic Ocean Black-legged Kittiwakes are joined by an immature Herring Gull (maybe Vega Gull??) in the Canada Basin (northern Arctic Ocean). Filmed aboard the USCGC Healy on the 2010 International Extended Continental Shelf Survey by PolarTREC teacher Bill Schmoker. Less than 1 period All Ages 3 April 2013
Video USCGC Healy Foghorn USCGC Healy sounding the foghorn during our transit of the Bering Straight on the 2010 International Extended Continental Shelf Survey. Filmed by PolarTREC teacher Bill Schmoker Less than 1 period All Ages 3 April 2013
Video Helicoptering from USGCC Healy to Canadian Coast Guard Cutter Louis S. St. Laurent Helicopter transfer via Canadian Coast Guard MBB Bo 105 from USGCC Healy to Canadian Coast Guard Cutter Louis S. St. Laurent in the Canada Basin (N. Arctic Ocean) during the 2010 International Extended Continental Shelf Survey. Filmed by PolarTREC teacher Bill Schmoker Less than 1 period All Ages 3 April 2013
Video Walking Tour of USCGC Healy PolarTREC teacher Bill Schmoker gives a walking tour of the USCGC Healy in the Canada Basin (N. Arctic Ocean) on the 2010 International Extended Continental Shelf Survey. Less than 1 period All Ages 3 April 2013
Video USCGC Healy breaking ice in the Canada Basin USCGC Healy breaking ice in the Canada Basin (N. Arctic Ocean.) Filmed from the Canadian Coast Guard Cutter Louis S. St. Laurent by PolarTREC teacher Bill Schmoker on the 2010 International Extended Continental Shelf Survey. Here the Louis is stopped for sonar repairs and the Healy is prepping a... Less than 1 period All Ages 3 April 2013
Video USCGC Healy Helicopter Opps Helicopter transfer between the Canadian Coast Guard Cutter Louis S. St. Laurent & USCGC Healy in the Beaufort Sea. This is a MBB Bo 105 helicopter, a twin-engine craft with 4 rotor blades. Filmed by PolarTREC teacher Bill Schmoker on the 2010 International Extended Continental Shelf Survey. Less than 1 period All Ages 3 April 2013
Video USCGC Healy entering the ice pack north of Barrow USCGC Healy entering the ice pack north of Barrow in the Canada Basin. Note the paint scraped off on one large piece of ice and the Canadian Coast Guard Cutter Louis S. St. Laurent following us into the ice. Filmed by PolarTREC teacher Bill Schmoker on the 2010 International Extended Continental... Less than 1 period All Ages 3 April 2013
Video PolarTREC Teacher Bill Schmoker making ice in the Canada Basin aboard USCGC Healy Will fresh water turn into ice when it is dunked in the chilly waters of the Canada Basin? Find out with PolarTREC teacher Bill Schmoker, aboard the USCGC Healy on the 2010 International Extended Continental Shelf Survey. Less than 1 period All Ages 3 April 2013
Video Canadian Coast Guard Cutter Louis S. St. Laurent seen from the USCGC Healy The Canadian Coast Guard Cutter Louis S. St. Laurent working in the Beaufort Sea, seen from the USCGC Healy on the 2010 International Extended Continental Shelf Survey. Note the bubbler system at the bow of the Louis, which enhances its icebreaking capabilities by lifting ice around the bow and... Less than 1 period All Ages 3 April 2013
Video Helicopter transfer from CCGC Louis S. St. Laurent to USCGC Healy MBB Bo 105 Helicopter transfer from CCGC Louis S. St. Laurent to USCGC Healy in the Canada Basin (northern Arctic Ocean.) Filmed by PolarTREC teacher Bill Schmoker on the 2010 International Extended Continental Shelf Survey. Less than 1 period All Ages 3 April 2013
Video Packing up coring rail on USCGC Healy Packing up the coring rail aboard the USCGC Healy in the Canada Basin (northern Arctic Ocean) on the 2010 International Extended Continental Shelf Survey. Filmed by PolarTREC teacher Bill Schmoker. Less than 1 period All Ages 3 April 2013
Video Piston Core sampling aboard USCGC Healy, Canada Basin This video documents the process of piston coring in deep water (~3000m) over the so-called '09 Seamount, Canada Basin (N. Arctic Ocean). Filmed on the 2010 International Extended Continental Shelf Survey by PolarTREC teacher Bill Schmoker. Less than 1 period All Ages 3 April 2013
Video Piston Coring in the Eastern Canada Basin on USCGC Healy Piston Coring in the Eastern Canada Basin on USCGC Healy. Filmed by PolarTREC teacher Bill Schmoker on the 2010 International Extended Continental Shelf Survey. Less than 1 period All Ages 3 April 2013
Video Polar Bear in Beaufort Sea Polar Bear on Beaufort Sea ice, seen from USCGC Healy on 2010 International Extended Continental Shelf Survey. Filmed by PolarTREC teacher Bill Schmoker. Less than 1 period All Ages 3 April 2013
Video RHI Recovery on USCGC Healy RHI (Rigid Hull Inflatable boat) recovery on the USCGC Healy near Barrow, AK in the Beaufort Sea. Filmed on the 2010 International Extended Continental Shelf Survey by PolarTREC teacher Bill Schmoker Less than 1 period All Ages 3 April 2013
Video Summer Snow Day on the USCGC Healy Summer Snow Day on the USCGC Healy in the SE Canada Basin (Arctic Ocean). Filmed on the 2010 International Extended Continental Shelf Survey by PolarTREC teacher Bill Schmoker. Less than 1 period All Ages 3 April 2013
Video TAMNNET Team Introduction Introductions to Dr. Hansen's TAMNNET Team working on seismology and tectonic history of the Transantarctic Mountains. Less than 1 period All Ages 3 April 2013
Web Link IRIS - Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology Founded in 1984 with support from the National Science Foundation, IRIS is a consortium of over 100 US universities dedicated to the operation of science facilities for the acquisition, management, and distribution of seismological data. This weblink is directed to their education and public... 3 April 2013
Web Link TransAntarctic Mountains Seismic Experiment (TAMSEIS) This website is an overview of the TAMSEIS project addressing the questions of the Transantarctic Mountain origins and the structure of the East Antarctic craton. High school and Up 3 April 2013
Web Link Introduction to the Transantarctic Mountains This website is an overview on the Transantarctic Mountains with information on geography, geology, mechanisms for formation, issues, and additional references. High school and Up 3 April 2013
Web Link The Roof at the Bottom of the World The Roof at the Bottom of the World: Discovering the Transantarctic Mountains comprehensively documents the 1,500-mile length of the Transantarctic Mountains. It is the first atlas of the most remote mountain range on Earth. The presentation is historical, following a narrative of the voyages and... All Ages 3 April 2013
Image Map of Transantarctic Mountains The Transantarctic Mountains are an extreme example of rift flank uplift, extending over 3500 km across Antarctica and reaching elevations up to 4500 m (see map of the region). The mountain range was formed in the extensional environment associated with the breakup of Gondwanaland. Geological and... 3 April 2013
Web Link Mountain Building Processes National Earth Science Teachers Association website, Windows to the Universe, presents the basics on mountain building processes. All Ages 3 April 2013
Lesson Geologists in Training Overview The study of rock and sediment layers, or stratigraphy, can be used to introduce students to the fundamental principles of geology and to lead into the idea of geologic time. In this lesson, students are introduced to Nicolas Steno's 3 major laws of stratigraphy: the law of original... About 1 period Middle School and Up 3 April 2013
Lesson Playground Profiling: Topographic Profile Mapping Overview This lesson was modeled after some of the routine activities undertaken by the geologists on the Kuril Island Expedition. Complete the following activities: Day 1 To measure a simple topographic profile with a level instrument or hand level and stadium rod. Day 2 To use the... Less than a week Middle School and Up 3 April 2013
Activity How is Glacier Goo Similar to a Real Glacier? Purpose Glaciers are slow-moving masses of ice that exist where more snow falls than melts. They occupy about 10% of the Earth’s land, mostly in Greenland and Antarctica. Here, glaciers can be as much as 2 miles thick and weigh more than millions of tons. As they move, glaciers can widen and... About 1 period All Ages 3 April 2013
Web Link Icy IPY! - Polar Classroom Activities from the International Polar Year Icy IPY activities can be downloaded in word documents and tried in your classroom. From 'Blubber Gloves' to 'Experiments with Ice and Snow', there are a wealth of different activities to introduce students to the Polar Regions or complement their existing knowledge of the Poles. The International... All Ages 20 March 2013
Activity Sediment Tubes Students will observe how soils and rocks of different densities behave in wind and in water. They will make predictions and careful observations as they learn about sediment transport and sediment rates in streams and rivers. About 1 period Middle School and Up 20 March 2013
Article West Morris Mendham teacher to assist scientists on tundra PolarTREC teacher Bruce Taterka's expedition to Toolik Field Station is featured in a local paper. All Ages 20 March 2013
Video Arctic Sea Ice Animation From NASA, in this animation, the Arctic sea ice and seasonal land cover change progress through time, from September 1, 2009 when sea ice in the Arctic was near its minimum extent, through March 30, 2010. The animation plays at a rate of six frames per day or ten days per second. Less than 1 period All Ages 13 March 2013
Article Really Down South Article about earth science and environmental science teacher Mike LeBaron's expedition to Antarctica as part of the WISSARD project (Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drilling) at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. All Ages 5 March 2013
Article Libertyville Teacher Heading to NASA Polar Project Chicago Tribune article describing PolaTREC teacher Mark Buesing's expedition to Greenland with NASA's Operation IceBridge. All Ages 4 March 2013
Article Libertyville teacher tapped by NASA Article describing PolarTREC teacher Mark Buesing's upcoming expedition to Greenland in April to participate in NASA’s Operation IceBridge, a six-year mission to map polar ice. All Ages 28 February 2013
Activity Flakes, Blobs and Bubbles - An Ice Core Art Project Fall 2012 Polar Week Flagship Activity! We hope that this activity will be completed by a multitude of classrooms, students, scientists, and teachers around the world in celebration of International Polar Week - a global celebration of the Polar Regions during the equinoxes each year. Please find... About 1 period All Ages 24 February 2013
Lesson Polar Projects Overview Students chose a research project, from one of seven suggested projects, to complete in class with a partner. Upon completion they will present their information to the class. Objectives Students will present a scientifically accurate project on a topic related to the PolarTREC Winter... More than a week Middle School and Up 22 February 2013
Activity Photosynthesis, Decomposition and the "Buried Carbon" Hypothesis Overview Wilderness Research Foundation (USA) has developed two teaching modules based on a project we conducted in the Antarctic Peninsula in January 2010. They're available free for any educator interested in reviewing them for classroom use. The project concerned the collection of soil samples... Less than a week Middle School and Up 21 February 2013
Article Race Is On to Find Life Under Antarctic Ice National Geographic article about the WISSARD project that is studying subglacial lakes and streams in Antarctica. All Ages 21 February 2013
Article Macon County teacher featured in Macon County Schools Newsletter Susan Steiner, Science Teacher at Macon Early College High School, returns from her summer in the tundra Elementary and Up 21 February 2013
Article Embedded Educators: Teacher Research Experience in Greenland with Operation IceBridge In mid-April 2012, five teachers from Denmark, Greenland, and the United States, were given the experience of a lifetime. The teachers lived, worked, and flew alongside airborne polar scientists in Greenland, and saw firsthand how remote data are collected on NASA’s Operation IceBridge. In the... All Ages 21 February 2013
Article Sunken Treasure Under Lake El'gygytgyn This article describes the remarkable efforts of a team of scientists to extract cores from deep under a frozen lake in Siberia, Russia. PolarTREC teacher Tim Martin joined the project which will provide an astounding record of past climates preserved in layers of lake bed sediment. The sediment,... All Ages 20 February 2013
Web Link National Geographic Education Resources This National Geographic database is currently growing and will be updated frequently. Find multimedia activities aligned with national standards, educational projects, and more. Navigate iconic National Geographic maps with new interactive features and tools for creating custom materials that can... All Ages 20 February 2013
Web Link Icefields and Glaciers A U.S. Forest Service website with information about glaciers and icefields in general and their place in Tongass National Forest in Alaska. All Ages 20 February 2013
Web Link National Geographic Video - Arctic Ocean This video, available from National Geographic, is an overview of the earth and life science properties of the Arctic Ocean. All Ages 20 February 2013
Web Link ARCUS Internet Media Archives - Climate Change Collection 2009 A collection of eight videos focusing on the topic of climate change in the Arctic. Videos are from the 2007 ARCSS Synthesis Workshop, the 2007 Arctic Forum, and the 2008 Arctic Forum. Middle School and Up 20 February 2013
Article NIU Professors From Suburbs Studying What Lies Beneath Antarctic Ice Shelf This article in the suburban Chicago newspaper The Daily Herald, describes the WISSARD project and it's science objectives. The article highlights the work of NIU professor Dr. Ross Powell, John Winans, and graduate student Timothy Hodson. All Ages 15 January 2013
Article Teacher Bringing South Pole to Classroom The Gaston Gazette article outlining PolarTREC teacher Liz Ratliff's upcoming expedition to South Pole Station, Antarctica with the IceCube project. All Ages 26 December 2012
Video Liz Ratliff heads to the South Pole This local TV interview is about PolarTREC teacher Liz Ratliff heading to South Pole Station, Antarctica to work with the IceCube project. Less than 1 period All Ages 26 December 2012
Event Antarctica Day 2012 with Michael LeBaron and the Wissard Expedition, McMurdo Station This one hour live event is hosted by PolarTREC teacher Mike LeBaron and his team studying sub-glacial lakes and streams. The team is at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. This event was part of the December 2012 Antarctica Day celebration. The team also speaks about the importance of the Antarctic... About 1 period 19 December 2012
Web Link Back to the Ice! PolarTREC teacher Jacquelyn Hams' expedition is featured in Foundations: the Newsletter of the Geo2YC division of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. All Ages 18 December 2012
Web Link Space Weather Prediction Website SpaceWeather.com is an excellent tool used to predict space weather events like the Northern Lights and solar activity levels. All Ages 13 December 2012
Presentation Arctic Ocean Processes in the Context of the Global Ocean Dr. Lee Cooper presents his research at the 2012 Arctic Ocean Ecosystem Workshop in Barrow, Alaska on arctic ocean processes and how these relate to oceans around the world. Middle School and Up 19 November 2012
Article Saint Mark school teacher brings Costa Rica back to the classroom Teacher Elizabeth Eubanks recently returned from a research trip to Costa Rica along with Steve Oberbauer, a professor of biological sciences at Florida International University. In 2008, they had traveled to Barrow, Alaska to study the role of global warming on Arctic ecosystems as part of a... All Ages 19 November 2012
Presentation Cultural Resilience Depends on the Young: Students and Time Depth Senior Scientist Anne Jensen gave a presentation about cultural resilience and sustainability at the 2012 Arctic Ocean Ecosystem Workshop in Barrow, Alaska. Read more about her archaeological work here. Middle School and Up 16 November 2012
Article WISSARD in the Antarctic News The Antarctic Sun published this news article about the WISSARD Project that PolarTREC Teacher Mike LeBaron is with at McMurdo Station. The article provides a brief overview of the project and some history about the projects origins. All Ages 13 November 2012
Presentation The PolarTREC Experience: Real Science for you and your students! Powerpoint presentation given at 2012 North Carolina Science Teachers Association professional development conference "Catch the Wave". Co-presenters Nick LaFave and Susan Steiner presented their PolarTREC experiences and information about PolarTREC. Middle School and Up 13 November 2012
Presentation Scientific Research Study Trips Presented Powerpoint slideshow including two interactive activities for two 90 minutes sessions of North Carolina New Schools Common Practices Symposium. The presentation included activities I've used in the classroom based on the PolarTREC experience, as well as images from the summer at Toolik. All Ages 13 November 2012
Event Elizabeth Eubanks and the Arctic Tundra Dynamics team in Costa Rica PolarTREC teacher Elizabeth Eubanks hosted a webinar from Costa Rica with Arctic Tundra Dynamics team from Barrow, AK. They are completing similiar research at La Selva Biological Station, Costa Rica. About 1 period 5 November 2012
Article Oil City teacher presents on trip to Greenland PolarTREC teacher Tim Spuck presented on his experience with the IceBridge project, monitoring Greenland's glaciers and how they are being affected by climate change. All Ages 1 November 2012
Presentation Glacial Erosion Landscape Features This is a stand-alone PowerPoint presentation on glacial erosion features that could be used to complement a lesson in Earth Science. Credit: Tammy Orilio at tammyorilio [at] gmail [dot] com Middle School and Up 15 October 2012
Article Polar Express, Expedition puts teacher on top of the world Article posted in Western Carolina University's alumni magazine Class Notes section about Susan Steiner's expedition to Toolik Field Station, Alaska. All Ages 11 October 2012
Presentation When Water Rolls Over The attached PowerPoint is an introduction to thermal stratification and turnover in lakes, and interpretation of temperature profile data. The stand-alone presentation can be used to complement a lesson in Earth Science. Credit: Julia West at jwest [at] oakmeadow [dot] com Middle School and Up 11 October 2012
Lesson Svalbard Islands and Our Community Overview This inquiry-based activity can be done using the slides of the attached PowerPoint presentation, or using a smart board. The slides describe the phases of the Inquiry Based Learning, step by step. The reference model is the "BSCS 5E model" (Bybee W. et al., 2006). Objectives Students... Less than a week Middle School and Up 3 October 2012
Event Polar Week: Connecting to the Poles with Brittany Potter, John Lenters, Reny Tyson and Karita Negandhi This one hour webinar is part of the International Polar Week celebrations sponsored by APECS, ARCUS and PEI. The presenters are young scientists that work in the Polar Regions. They shared information about their work as well as how they became interested in polar science. About 1 period 21 September 2012
Web Link US Students Experience Hands-On Science In Greenland Science360 News focuses on the latest developments in scientific research. This link provides a short video on the 2012 Joint Science Education Program (JSEP). JSEP brings high-school students from diverse countries to Arctic research sites to experience hands-on science. Provided by the National... All Ages 31 August 2012
Event Cristina Solis and the Microbial Activity in Arctic Permafrost Expedition PolarTREC teacher Cristina Solis and her team presented their work on microbial activity in the tundra to junior docents at Cabrillio Marine Aquarium. This is a one hour presentation with Cristina and her research team. About 1 period 31 August 2012
Event Susan Steiner and the Tundra Nutrient Seasonality Expedition In this one hour webinar, PolarTREC teacher Susan Steiner and researcher Michael Weintraub explain the science, research questions, and results of their work at Toolik Field Station. About 1 period 31 August 2012
Event Nell Herrmann with the Seafloor Organisms and Ocean Conditions Expedition This 1 hour webinar presentation was conducted by Nell Herrmann and her team including Dr. Amsler and Dr. McClintock. The team presented from Palmer Station, Antarctica on seafloor organisms and the changing ocean conditions. About 1 period 31 August 2012
Event Tim Spuck and the NASA IceBridge Project In this one hour webinar PolarTREC teacher Tim Spuck explains his work with the NASA IceBridge Project, the largest airborne survey of Earth's polar ice ever conducted. About 1 period 31 August 2012
Event Melissa Barker and the Nutrient Transport in the Arctic expedition This one hour event by Melissa Barker explains the research being done at Toolik Field Station, Alaska on nutrient transport in arctic watersheds. She is joined by team member Dr. Sarah Godsey. About 1 period 31 August 2012
Article Students Take Their Education Global Kevin Tavares and his fourth graders at Old Hammondtown School in Massachusetts built a website to share what they were learning with the rest of the world. Mr. Tavares installed a location tracking device on the page that assigns a red dot to the country of each visitor. The students wanted to get... All Ages 28 August 2012
Activity The Effects of Air Pollution on the Melting of Polar Ice Purpose To learn about the effects of air pollution on Sea Ice. This can be a library/computer lab-based activity. Procedure Teacher: Mix up a 3.5% solution of NaCl. Make enough "sea-ice" cubes for each pair of students Make another class set of ice cubes with tap water. Leave the ice in... Less than a week Middle School and Up 28 August 2012
Event Missy Holzer and the High Arctic Change Expedition This one hour webinar is conducted by PolarTREC alumni Missy Holzer. She highlighted her work with the High Arctic Change expedition 2008 and bringing inquiry-based science into her classroom. This webinar is part of the C-ISE online professional development course. About 1 period 15 August 2012
Event Al Werner and the High Arctic Change Expedition This one hour presentation by Dr. Al Werner is a professional development opportunity for educators to learn more about earth and geoscience research in Svalbard, Norway. Some noticeable technical issues are resolved a few minutes into the presentation. About 1 period 15 August 2012
Event Polaris Project Session Six This is a one hour webinar specifically for the participants of the Polaris Project 2012, conducted by Max Holmes and John Schade. In this session, the team wraps up their preparations and students discuss their project proposals. About 1 period 15 August 2012
Event Polaris Project Session Five: Public Presentation This is a one hour webinar is part of the Polaris Project 2012, conducted by Max Holmes and John Schade. In this session Andy Bunn, professor at Western Washington University, presents a lecture on the history and science of climate change. About 1 period 15 August 2012
Event Polaris Project Session Four This is a one hour webinar specifically for the participants of the Polaris Project 2012, conducted by Max Holmes and John Schade. In this session, a variety of team members present their scientific work. Less than 1 period 15 August 2012
Event Polaris Project Session Three This presentation is part of the Polaris Project Webinar Series preparing participants for the field season 2012. Less than 1 period 15 August 2012
Event Polaris Project Session Two: Sobczak Presentation This presentation is part of the Polaris Project Webinar Series preparing participants for the field season 2012. This is one of two lecture to view for Session Two. You need to also watch the Schade Presentation Archive. Less than 1 period 15 August 2012
Event Polaris Project Session Two: Schade Presentation This presentation is part of the Polaris Project Webinar Series preparing participants for the field season 2012. This is one of two lectures to view for Session Two. You need to also watch the Sobczak Presentation Archive. Less than 1 period 15 August 2012
Article Unexpected disoveries at Lake El’gygytgyn, Russia This article and associated video describe the findings of researchers who undertook core drilling at Lake El’gygytgyn, a lake that sits today inside a basin formed by a meteorite that struck the earth 3.6 million years ago. An associated video allows us to hear the enthusiasm and details as... All Ages 15 August 2012
Activity Sun Shadows Project - Italy, Belgium, Global! Introduction Join the International Sun Shadows Project! - Pupils and teachers all over the world will join forces to measure the shadows of a 1m long stick. Participation in the project is free and open to all! Teachers, students and scientists from around the world are encouraged to join in and... Less than a week Middle School and Up 14 August 2012
Image High Resolution Graph of Mooring C Ice-Out Temp. Data - Svalbard, Norway Here is a high resolution .pdf of the mooring C ice-out temperature probe data from the Lake Linne, Svalbard (Norway) water column. 31 July 2012
Web Link Illustrated Glossary of Alpine Glacial Landforms This web site from the University of Wisconsin offers definitions and examples of various alpine glacial landforms as well as topographic maps depicting each type of landform. All Ages 24 July 2012
Lesson Human Creativity and Climate Change Overview Humans are creative. They try to solve problems in original ways. For example, some scientists are thinking of ways to decrease the amount of greenhouse gases in the air. Other scientists are thinking of ways to limit the amount of sun that reaches Earth so that the Earth won’t get so... Less than a week Middle School and Up 24 July 2012
Activity Sea Ice Activity: What Happens When it Melts? Sea ice, the thin layer of ice that covers most of the Arctic Ocean and surrounds most of the Antarctic continent, represents a distinctive feature of our planet. The attached flyer, produced by the International Polar Year (IPY) Programme Office, includes a summary of information about sea ice... About 1 period All Ages 24 July 2012
Article Ground-Breaking Radar Design An article on technology used for ground-based radar to measure basal conditions and internal layers in an area between two ice core drilling site locations. High school and Up 23 July 2012
Presentation Quaternary Glaciation of Svalbard A PDF copy of Steve Roof's lecture on the Quaternary glaciation of Svalbard. High school and Up 9 July 2012
Article Technology: Sediment Corer The Alfred Wegener Institute developed a corer for use in ice covered areas such as the Antarctic Ice Shelf. The sampler can be lowered and heaved through several 100 m deep ice boreholes. This resource explains the technology of this polar science tool. Middle School and Up 26 June 2012
Web Link The Svalbard Pages A general information page about Svalbard, facts, history, travel, and events. The site is in English and Norwegian. All Ages 22 June 2012
Web Link Kjell Henriksen Observatory, Svalbard Norway Built as an Auroral Station, this observation site has regularly updated weather observations, sun/moon charts, and updated photos. Middle School and Up 22 June 2012
Article Northern Hydrology College level information on northern hydrology. At the University of the Arctic, the primary aim of this course is to provide students with a more in-depth understanding of the lands and environments that defines the Circumpolar North. High school and Up 22 June 2012
Video Measuring the Earth's Tilt Michelle Brown and Andy Stillinger calculate the tilt of the Earth's axis by using height and shadow length at the South Pole on winter solstice. Less than 1 period All Ages 21 June 2012
Video Tim Spuck and the NASA IceBridge Project Webinar In this one hour webinar PolarTREC teacher Tim Spuck explains his work with the NASA IceBridge Project, the largest airborne survey of Earth's polar ice ever conducted. Less than 1 period Middle School and Up 21 June 2012
Video Lake El'gygytgyn Area Geology PolarTREC teacher Tim Martin interview researcher Julie Brigham-Grette in regards to geologic climate research in siberia. Less than 1 period All Ages 15 June 2012
Web Link U.S. Polar Rock Repository The Polar Rock Repository, located at the Byrd Polar Research Center, is a national facility that provides rock samples for research, education, and museum use under a no-cost loan program. Elementary and Up 15 June 2012
Web Link Geography and Geology of Svalbard Norway Svalbard is an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, located about midway between Norway and the North Pole. This site explains the physical geography and geology of Svalbard in depth. 15 June 2012
Web Link Comprehending Geologic Time This geologic time calculator allows the user to manipulate the relativism of time to other markers. It builds from the classic analogy for illustrating the relative durations of parts of the geologic time scale is the yardstick. Middle School and Up 15 June 2012
Web Link Understanding Geologic Time A step by step guide to deep time for students and teachers. This educational module is sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Middle School and Up 15 June 2012
Web Link Arctic Research Mapping Application Arctic Research Mapping Application. ARMAP is a suite of online, interactive maps and services that support Arctic science. Learn more about research projects in your region of interest or scientific discipline. Explore available data or possible collaborations. Use the online mapping tools to... High school and Up 15 June 2012
Web Link North Greenland Eemian Ice Drilling North Greenland Eemian Ice Drilling website. The North Greenland Eemian Ice Drilling - NEEM - is an international ice core research project aimed at retrieving an ice core from North-West Greenland (camp position 77.45°N 51.06°W) reaching back through the previous interglacial, the Eemian. High school and Up 15 June 2012
Web Link Summit Station, Greenland Website Summit Station, Greenland Website. The station is located atop 3200 m of ice and is nearly 400 km from the nearest point of land. Summit supports a diversity of scientific research, including year-round measurements of air-snow interactions that provide crucial knowledge for interpreting data from... High school and Up 15 June 2012
Lesson The Incredible Shrinking Cup Overview Students decorate polysterene cups later to be submerged in the ocean. Subsequent activities have students consider the effects of water pressure and depth with respect to their cups. Objective Students will determine mass and volume of a styrofoam cup. They will calculate the density... Less than a week Middle School and Up 12 June 2012
Video Influences of Thermokarst Failures in Arctic Landscapes View sequential still images of thermokarst (thawed permafrost) at Horn Lake in northern Alaska during the summer of 2010. The video was made by researchers studying the responses of Arctic landscapes to permafrost degradation. Less than 1 period All Ages 1 June 2012
Activity Polar Oceans Activity: What’s For Lunch? The attached Polar Oceans flyer, produced by the International Polar Year (IPY) Programme Office, provides summary information about the Polar Oceans and describes how the circulation in polar waters exerts a powerful control on the Earth's climate and carbon cycle. Activities attached to the flyer... Less than 1 period All Ages 31 May 2012
Web Link NASA Cryosphere This web site provides an assessment of the state of the cryosphere in 2009, including detailed animations of ice extents worldwide. All Ages 15 May 2012
Web Link Frontier Scientists Frontier Scientists puts you in the front row to observe breaking scientific news from leading Arctic scientists in Archaeology, Geology, Anthropology, the Humanities, Biology, Marine Biology, Ecology, Chemistry and more. Many videos on Arctic science are available from their website. All Ages 15 May 2012
Web Link Animation about the Polar Night: Available in English, Dutch, and French This detailed animation shows how the Earth is lit by the Sun throughout the year. The lighting of the Arctic and the Antarctic is detailed for every month of the year to help explain, among other things, the resulting polar night. The animation is available in the following languages: English:... Elementary and Up 15 May 2012
Video Tunnel Man - Episode 2 - Permafrost Monitoring Tunnel Man is a super hero who lives in Ice Tunnels, and teaches children and adults about the unique geomorphology of Alaska. Tunnel Man is played by Kenji Yoshikawa, a Research Associate Professor for the Institute of Northern Engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Tunnel Man's... Less than 1 period All Ages 7 May 2012
Web Link Wow A Biface! Share in the excitement of unearthing a biface and other archaeological treasures, as Alaskan researchers explain how they discover and document early human settlement sites across arctic Alaska. This video is part of a larger story on the Frontier Scientists website (http://frontierscientists.com... All Ages 6 May 2012
Web Link Interactive animation showing the size of Antarctica relative to other continents Explore this interactive animation showing the size of Antarctica relative to other continents and countries. This resource was developed by the Italian educational project in the context of ANDRILL (Antarctic Geological drilling) research. The site is in Italian but the animation can be used... All Ages 9 April 2012
Web Link Polar Resource Book - Polar Science and Global Climate: An International Resource for Education and Outreach The Polar Resource Book - Polar Science and Global Climate: An International Resource for Education & Outreach - was written to ensure that the efforts catalyzed by the International Polar Year (IPY) will continue to inspire educators, students, and emerging polar researchers with a shared... All Ages 29 March 2012
Web Link Exhibit Antarctica's Climate Secrets - Order a Flexhibit! What's a Flexhibit? A Flexhibit is a Flexible Exhibit package that contains a set of hands-on learning activities, attractive banner graphics, and video podcasts that make it possible for groups of 10- to 15- year olds to engage in both learning and teaching. Groups of students can complete the... Middle School and Up 26 March 2012
Activity Polar Lands and Life Activity: Permafrost Demonstration The attached Lands and Life flyer, produced by the International Polar Year (IPY) Programme Office, includes a summary of terrestrial polar ecosystems, from southern cold maritime islands to dry continental deserts in Antarctica and from tree line across the continental tundra to remote northern... Less than 1 period All Ages 22 March 2012
Activity Pumping Carbon Overview This activity allows students to participate in a physically interactive dramatization of the oceanic biological pump. Objective The purpose of this activity is to develop a conceptual understanding of how the biological pump moves carbon through the oceans. Preparation Background... Less than 1 period Middle School and Up 19 March 2012
Web Link ANDRILL Project Iceberg International Video Journals ANDRILL (ANtarctic geological DRILLing) has drilled and recovered thousands of meters of rock core from beneath the McMurdo Ice Shelf in Antarctica. What secrets are hidden in this rock? Why do scientists from around the world work together to uncover these secrets that have been shrouded beneath... All Ages 16 March 2012
Activity Changing Earth Activity: Make a Timeline The attached Changing Earth flyer, produced by the International Polar Year (IPY) Programme Office, includes a summary of the history of planet Earth and an activity involving the use of a rope as a timeline to represents the Earth’s history from the present to 65 million years ago. Less than 1 period All Ages 16 March 2012
Activity Above the Poles - Weather Observation This PDF handout and activity provides background information about polar weather and climate followed by an activity to help students consider their own local weather vs. polar weather. Students will observe the weather where they live and report on basic meteorological data such as air... About 1 period Middle School and Up 16 March 2012
Web Link Arctic Climate Modeling Program The Arctic Climate Modeling Program (ACMP) provides curriculum-based arctic resources for use with K-12 students. Resources include inquiry-based classroom lessons, a student network for observing arctic weather (S.N.O.W.) , digital lectures, and an interactive multimedia learning system (on DVD... All Ages 14 March 2012
Article Introduction to the Polar Regions Chapter 2 of The Biology of the Polar Regions. An accessible supplementary text suitable for both senior undergraduate and graduate students taking courses in polar ecology. High school and Up 12 March 2012
Article Circumpolar World - Geography and Physical Processes The Circumpolar World introduces students to the landscape, peoples and issues of the circumpolar region. This module gives a brief introduction to the physical features and processes of the Arctic region and highlights the significant factors that influence those features and processes. Developed... High school and Up 12 March 2012
Article Circumpolar World - Environment and Global Climate Change This module gives a general overview of environmental issues that affect the Arctic, including climate change related themes. Compiled by Ake Bjorke, Lars Kullerud UNEP/GRID-Arendal, and Olav Hesjedal High school and Up 12 March 2012
Article Introduction to the Circumpolar World The Circumpolar World introduces students to the landscape, peoples and issues of the circumpolar region. High school and Up 12 March 2012
Video Polar Science at 62ºS - Permafrost Video - Portugal Permafrost is a key cryospheric component and of global interest for better understanding climate change. This short film presents an overview of permafrost on Earth and focuses on the International Polar Year (IPY) activities of a research group from the University of Lisbon and its international... Less than 1 period Middle School and Up 7 March 2012
Video Tunnel Man - Episode 4 - Geomorphology Tunnel Man is a super hero who lives in Ice Tunnels, and teaches children and adults about the unique geomorphology of Alaska. Tunnel Man is played by Kenji Yoshikawa, a Research Associate Professor for the Institute of Northern Engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Tunnel Man's... Less than 1 period All Ages 7 March 2012
Video Tunnel Man - Episode 3 - Active Layer Monitoring Tunnel Man is a super hero who lives in Ice Tunnels, and teaches children and adults about the unique geomorphology of Alaska. Tunnel Man is played by Kenji Yoshikawa, a Research Associate Professor for the Institute of Northern Engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Tunnel Man's... Less than 1 period All Ages 7 March 2012
Lesson Permafrost Thaw Depth and Ground Cover Overview Students are presented with an actual series of tundra photos, which they use to develop a hypothesis for which sort of ground cover will have the most/least permafrost depth. Then they are given a set of actual data and use this to test their hypothesis Objective Students will:... Less than a week Middle School and Up 6 March 2012
Event John Wood and Carbon Balance in Warming and Drying Tundra PolarConnect event with John Wood and Dr. Sue Natali participating in the Carbon Balance in Warming and Drying Tundra expedition in Healy Alaska. There were some technical difficulties in the archive, so you can access Part 1 of the archive here and Part 2 of the archive is here. 6 March 2012
Video Engineer Explaining Carbon in Permafrost At the CREEL permafrost tunnel outside Fairbanks, AK. Our guide, Art, explains a potential issue with the carbon balance in soils as the permafrost thaws as we traveled underground to see it the changes. Less than 1 period All Ages 6 March 2012
Web Link Its all about Carbon - NPR Video Series NPR and National Geographic teamed up to create an animated video series that begins with the basics of Carbon as an element and with 5 episodes draws the links between carbon and our warming planet. This is a part of the Climate Connections Series Elementary and Up 5 March 2012
Web Link Permafrost Observatory at Barrow, Alaska The Permafrost Observatory was established at Barrow under the auspices of the International Arctic Research Center (IARC). The observatory was established to compare present permafrost temperatures with those obtained during the 1950s and early 1960s by Max Brewer. Middle School and Up 5 March 2012
Video Frozen Methane from Seabed and Terrestrial Sites Researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks are studying the East Siberian Arctic Shelf region and finding the seafloor there holds vast stores of frozen methane and is showing signs of instability and widespread venting of the powerful greenhouse gas. In this video University of Alaska... Less than 1 period High school and Up 5 March 2012
Video BBC Explore - Exploding Methane Gas Bubbles In an explosive clip from the BBC's landmark series, scientists drill into a frozen lake to ignite methane gas that is trapped in bubbles beneath the surface. Do greenhouse gases pose a signficant threat to our planet? Dr Iain Stewart assesses the dangers. Less than 1 period Elementary and Up 5 March 2012
Web Link Science and the Polar Regions Introduction Polar science is a topic both your students and you can get into. This publication gives you a variety of angles to choose from in implementing a study of polar science. This resource was created under a National Science Foundation Grant by Middle School Portal 2: Math & Science Pathways. Elementary and Up 28 February 2012
Web Link Landforms of Glaciation This web site from the University of British Columbia Okanagan presents information about erosional and depositional landforms created by glaciers. All Ages 5 January 2012
Article Graham Teacher on Expedition in the Arctic - Part Three PolarTREC teacher Chantelle Rose wrote a guest column for the The Urbana Daily Citizen. This is the third in a series of guest columns planned to cover the local teacher's trip to the Arctic. All Ages 5 January 2012
Web Link Earths Polar Regions - NESTA Do you wonder what Earth's Polar Regions are like? Where do polar bears live? Where do penguins swim? Why does the Sun never shine in winter in the Arctic? Why does aurora occur near the Earth’s Poles? How big are the Earth’s ice caps, and are they changing? The Earth’s Polar Regions are hosts to... All Ages 14 December 2011
Web Link All About Glaciers All About Glaciers is a web site produced by the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) with information on all aspects of glaciers including data and science, facts, a gallery, a glossary and more. All Ages 12 December 2011
Web Link Teacher Offers Arctic Lessons This is an article about PolarTREC teacher Chantelle Rose's PolarConnect event viewed at Urbana University. All Ages 28 November 2011
Web Link Polar Books Collection A book collection for all ages from the United Nations Environment Programme. This collections page allows you to select a book and read a more detailed description. All Ages 28 November 2011
Web Link Polar Regions Maps Large, small, and diverse file type maps of the Arctic and Antarctica from the Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection. The collections of the University of Texas Libraries are the result of more than one hundred years of continuing commitment by librarians, faculty, students, and private donors to... All Ages 27 October 2011
Web Link Animals of the Arctic - For Students by Students A Thinkquest project created by students about Arctic Animals. "The world has many different animals. In the Arctic we have many animals that are unique to the north that we would like to tell you about. We have chosen some of the most unique arctic animals there are. We have stories to read,... All Ages 26 October 2011
Web Link Antarctica - Terra Incognita Index This information is a resource on everything Antarctica created by 3 students in a Thinkquest project, collaborating internationally - Oliver Strebel, Robert Merki and Ho Lik Man. Elementary and Up 26 October 2011
Web Link Comparing the Poles Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution offers a comprehensive comparison of the polar regions with sections specific to physical features, seasons, weather, ice, plants and wildlife, human impacts, global warming, and science. All Ages 26 October 2011
Web Link Bridge: Marine Education Resources The Bridge is a growing collection of the best marine education resources available on-line. It provides educators with a convenient source of accurate and useful information on global, national, and regional marine science topics, and gives researchers a contact point for educational outreach. The... All Ages 26 October 2011
Web Link Studying Deep Sea Organisms- Interview with Timothy Shank With credit to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, this interview with Dr. Timothy Shank explains the importance of hydrothermal vents to the survival of deep sea organisms in the Arctic. The link will open a page with Dr. Shank's video as well as his biography. Middle School and Up 26 October 2011
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Article Morris Teacher on Front Lines of Climate Research Article on B. Taterka in the Daily Record, a local newspaper in Morris County, NJ. All Ages View Resource March 14, 2014 - 8:55am
Article NASA - Operation IceBridge Begins New Arctic Campaign Researchers aboard NASA's P-3 research aircraft left Virginia, March 10 for Greenland to begin a new season of collecting data on Arctic land and sea ice. The mission, known as Operation IceBridge, is to gather data on changes to polar ice. PolarTREC teacher Russell Hood will join the expedition in... All Ages View Resource March 26, 2014 - 8:41am
Presentation Linking Maine to Alaska: K-12 education outreach Skidompha Public Library's Chats with Champions speaker program hosted well-known Nobleboro Central School teacher Ken Williams and his former student Seth Campbell at the library's Porter Meeting Hall at 2 PM on Saturday, January 11, 2014. The two explained the unofficial title of their... View Resource January 27, 2014 - 10:07am
Web Link Samantha Hansen honored by President Obama This video clip from from Alabama TV 13 News profiles PolarTREC researcher Dr. Samantha Hansen's work studying the history of landforms in Antarctica. Dr. Hansen will be one of a hundred scientists to be awarded the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. All Ages View Resource March 13, 2014 - 12:47pm
Article President Obama Honors Outstanding Early-Career Scientists President Obama recently named 102 researchers as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.... All Ages View Resource February 16, 2014 - 12:02pm
Article Parishville-Hopkinton teacher to study ice, environment in Antarctica Follow the link in this article to hear an audio recording about PolarTREC teacher Glenn Clark's preparation for a trek to the Totten Glacier System in Antarctica this winter. Middle School and Up View Resource January 29, 2014 - 9:50am
Article Flag educators off to find out how microorganisms in Antarctic soil got there Researcher Egbert Schwartz and PolarTREC teacher Justin Kendhammer will travel to the Dry Valleys of Antarctica in search of life in the seemingly barren soil. One of the questions they will attempt to answer is whether microbes in the soil are native to Antarctic soil or whether they have been... All Ages View Resource November 14, 2013 - 3:24pm
Event Lisa Seff on Bringing Polar Science to Classrooms and Communities This one hour webinar with PolarTREC teacher Lisa Seff shares ideas and experiences on bringing polar science into your classroom and community. Her work focuses on the oceanographic conditions of bowhead whale habitat. About 1 period View Resource October 25, 2013 - 12:04pm
Article Environmental educator learns about climate change in Alaska during his latest expedition Article in the New Jersey Star-Ledger newspaper and on www.nj.com about Bruce Taterka's PolarTREC expedition. All Ages View Resource August 21, 2013 - 8:38am
Event Mark Buesing and NASA IceBridge This one hour live web event is hosted by Mark Buesing. Mark worked with the NASA IceBridge team to survey polar ice over Greenland in 2013. About 1 period View Resource August 14, 2013 - 9:46am
Event Jamie Esler and the Drumlin Formation in Iceland Expedition This one hour PolarConnect event is with Jamie Esler and the research team in central Iceland. The focus of this event is on drumlin formations and their importance. n/a View Resource August 13, 2013 - 3:46pm
Event Bruce Taterka and Nell Kemp at Toolik Field Station This one hour PolarConnect event is Nell Kemp and Bruce Taterka at Toolik field station studying wolf spiders and tundra/microbial interactions, respectively. About 1 period View Resource July 23, 2013 - 4:53pm
Article Jamie Esler: A cool summer adventure Read this online interview with PolarTREC teacher Jamie Esler for a snapshot of his cool summer plans. Mr. Esler will be joining polar researchers Dr. Neal Iverson and Dr. Thomas Hooyer, and Scandinavian colleagues, in a remote location of Iceland for three weeks for his PolarTREC Expedition. The... All Ages View Resource July 16, 2013 - 6:54am
Article Life Under Antarctica's Ice This story in Discover magazine profiles the work of the WISSARD (Whillans Ice Stream Subglacial Access Research Drilling) project team and the challenges faced by drilling thousands of feet into the West Antarctic Ice Sheet to reach a lake buried for millennia. All Ages View Resource July 8, 2013 - 10:50am
Article Libertyville High School teacher sharing lessons from Greenland NASA mission This article summarizes PolarTREC teacher Mark Buesing’s amazing and varied career as a cyclist, engineer, teacher, and now participant on NASA's airborne mission to map and measure ice in the Polar Regions. All Ages View Resource July 23, 2013 - 12:53pm
Presentation PolarTREC and NASA's Operation IceBridge Presentation This presentation to the District 128 school board highlighted the science and adventure of NASA's Operation IceBridge and why science, technology, engineering, and math are vital to all our students. Links and credits to videos in the presentation can all be found in the video information on... Elementary and Up View Resource August 27, 2013 - 1:26pm
Article NASA's IceBridge finishing up successful Arctic campaign Article describing the final stages of this year's Operation IceBridge, the NASA campaign to maintain and expand on Arctic ice measurements. Along with PolarTREC teacher Mark Buesing, the IceBridge team has successfully completed a variety of aerial measurements on sea ice, sub-ice bedrock and... All Ages View Resource May 1, 2013 - 4:51pm
Event Tom Lane and Carbon Balance in Warming and Drying Tundra This one hour webinar is for students and the public hosted by Tom Lane. The team is studying carbon balance in warming and drying tundra in Healy, Alaska. About 1 period View Resource May 1, 2013 - 10:31am
Event Brian DuBay and the use of multimedia of polar education This one hour webinar is for educatorson the use of video and social media tools to bring polar science into the classroom. PolarTREC teacher Brian DuBay speaks in the context of his expedition to study the Transantarctic Mountains, Antarctica. About 1 period View Resource April 25, 2013 - 2:31pm
Event Dr. Samantha Hansen and the tectonic history of the Transantarctic Mountains This one hour webinar is part of the online polar professional development course on physical science for educators. Dr. Hansen focuses on her research of the tectonic history of the Transantarctic Mountain in Antarctica. About 1 period View Resource April 17, 2013 - 4:59pm
Article Parishville-Hopkinton teacher prepares for trip to Antarctica PolarTREC teacher Glenn clark is preparing for his 2013-14 expedition to Antarctica with researcher Amy Leventer. All Ages View Resource January 30, 2014 - 11:00am
Article Libertyville High teacher goes to Greenland with NASA Libertyville High's Mark Buesing working with NASA in Greenland. Veteran Libertyville High School science teacher Mark Buesing packed some cold-weather gear and headed to glacier-filled Greenland, where he is part of a NASA mission to study ice in both of our planet's polar regions. All Ages View Resource April 23, 2013 - 10:43am
Web Link Permafrost lab The Geophysical Institute Permafrost Laboratory (GIPL) The Permafrost Laboratory deals with scientific questions related to the circumpolar permafrost dynamics and feedbacks between permafrost and global change. At the Permafrost Laboratory, data related to the thermal and structural state of... All Ages View Resource April 23, 2013 - 10:11am
Article West Morris Mendham teacher to assist scientists on tundra PolarTREC teacher Bruce Taterka's expedition to Toolik Field Station is featured in a local paper. All Ages View Resource March 20, 2013 - 9:03am
Presentation Integrating Arctic Research Into Secondary Education: 43rd Arctic Workshop Poster A poster by PolarTREC alum Dan Frost describing the integration of Arctic research into secondary education through a field season in Svalbard. It details possibilities for curriculum building and outreach through Arctic field work experience. High school and Up View Resource April 9, 2013 - 6:22am
By: Brian DuBay
Location: Mario Zucchelli (Italian Base)
By: Brian DuBay
Location: McMurdo Station
By: Brian DuBay
Location: McMurdo Station
standing on an iceberg
By: Mark Goldner
Location: Ny Ålesund, Spitsbergen
By: Missy Holzer
Location: Kapp Linne, Svalbard
By: Missy Holzer
Location: Kapp Linne, Svalbard
By: Missy Holzer
Location: Longyearbyen, Svalbard
By: Missy Holzer
Location: Longyearbyen, Svalbard
By: Missy Holzer
Location: Longyearbyen, Svalbard
By: Missy Holzer
Location: Home in NJ
By: Missy Holzer
Location: Kapp Linne, Svalbard
By: Missy Holzer
Location: Kapp Linne, Svalbard
By: Missy Holzer
Location: Kapp Linne, Svalbard
Uploading HOBO data
By: Mark Goldner
Location: Ny Ålesund, Spitsbergen
By: Missy Holzer
Location: Kapp Linne, Svalbard
By: Missy Holzer
Location: Kapp Linne, Svalbard
By: Missy Holzer
Location: Kapp Linne, Svalbard
By: Missy Holzer
Location: Linne Valley, Svalbard
By: Missy Holzer
Location: Linne Valley, Svalbard
By: Missy Holzer
Location: Kapp Linne, Svalbard
By: Missy Holzer
Location: Longyearbyen, Svalbard
Blue ice
By: Mark Goldner
Location: Ny Ålesund, Spitsbergen
Glacial ice - yum!
By: Mark Goldner
Location: Ny Ålesund, Spitsbergen
me on glacier
By: Mark Goldner
Location: Ny Ålesund, Spitsbergen
Arctic Tern
By: Mark Goldner
Location: Ny Alesund, Spitsbergen
iceberg
By: Mark Goldner
Location: Ny Ålesund, Spitsbergen