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Physical Science Collection

Explore physical science in the polar regions.
Explore physical science in the polar regions.

Welcome to the Physical Science Collection, a library of resources for educators and the public interested in learning more about the non-living systems in the Arctic and Antarctic regions. The field of physical science includes but is not limited to physics, chemistry, astronomy, geology, and other sciences that analyze the nature and properties of energy and nonliving matter.

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 Physical 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: November 28, 2011 - 12:45pm
Excerpt: Salinity plays a major role in how ocean waters circulate around the globe. Salinity changes can create ocean circulation changes that, in turn, may impact regional and global climates. The extent to which salinity impacts our global ocean circulation is still relatively unknown, but NASA's new...
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: November 28, 2011 - 12:45pm
Author(s): NASA
Excerpt: NASA video depicting "Draining the Ocean"
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: 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: April 20, 2014 - 10:03am
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: November 15, 2011 - 9:27am
Author(s): Dayton Fox 45
Excerpt: This is a television interview from USCG Healy via satellite phone to a television station in Dayton, Ohio.
Grade Level: All Ages
Updated: February 21, 2013 - 12:03pm
Date: Sat, 02/25/2012
Author(s): WKOW - Madison, WI
Excerpt: PolarTREC teacher Juan Botella is interview by a local news station about his work on the NB Palmer. Juan discusses ocean circulation and changes affecting marine organisms. Video and article included.
Grade Level: All Ages
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Updated: March 1, 2012 - 4:35pm
Date: Fri, 02/03/2012
Author(s): Christina D'Amato
Excerpt: Local news interviews PolarTREC teacher Nell Herrmann about her expedition to Palmer Station, Antarctica. The take a visit to her classroom as well. Video and written article are included.
Grade Level: All Ages
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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: March 6, 2012 - 10:59am
Author(s): NASA GISS - Institute on Climate and Planets
Excerpt: NASA GISS Institute on Climate and Planets education tools on Global Methane Inventory. This resource gives an introduction to the methane cycle as well as lessons, projects, research, and reference materials.
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Updated: March 12, 2012 - 2:48pm
Date: Wed, 03/30/2011
Author(s): NBC Learn
Excerpt: NBC Learn, in partnership with the National Science Foundation, explores the impact that climate change is having on our planet. In this video, IARC's Dr. Katey Walter Anthony and IARC affiliate Dr. Vladimir Romanovsky are interviewed about permafrost, methane, and their impacts on the environment...
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Updated: March 12, 2012 - 3:00pm
Date: Sun, 01/29/2012
Author(s): Sam Carana
Excerpt: What are the chances of abrupt releases of, say, 1 Gt of methane in the Arctic? What would be the impact of such a release? This scientific article offers detailed explanations of the stability of methane, impacts of hydrates, and data provided by NOAA and IPCC. Strong bibliography for this...
Grade Level: High school and Up
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 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: 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 - 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: 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: 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: 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: April 2, 2013 - 4:26pm
Author(s): San Franscisco Exploratorium
Excerpt: Ice Stories is a project from the San Francisco Exploratorium as 'Dispatches from Polar Scientists' as an outreach effort from the 2007-08 International Polar Year. The Antarctic Geology focuses on mountains in East and West Antarctica. Be sure to check out the videos associated on the website "...
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
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 3, 2013 - 10:30am
Author(s): Michigan Technological University
Excerpt: UPSeis (pronounced "up size") is a program created to teach young people (and not-so-young people) more about the planet we live on and how it works. The UPSeis program is divided into two parts: this web site and a school program.
Updated: April 3, 2013 - 10:39am
Author(s): IRIS PASSCAL Instrument Center
Excerpt: The seismic equipment that is being used for TAMNNET (studying the Transantarctic Mountains) was specially engineered for use in polar climates. Polar projects commonly require a level of support that is several times that of seismic experiments in less demanding environments inclusive of very...
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
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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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: 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 5, 2013 - 7:16am
Author(s): Michael Wing
Excerpt: Overview In this activity, students diagram the carbon cycle. A lot of the concepts presented here are necessary in order to fully understand the greenhouse effect and global warming. This lesson is presented as an activity to do before embarking on a study of the greenhouse effect and global...
Completion Time: About 1 period
Grade Level: High school and Up
Updated: February 24, 2013 - 11:17am
Excerpt: Overview This lesson answers the question: How does ice floating on the ocean act as it melts? Objective Students will learn about temperature, salinity and their effect on density. Students will learn that ocean currents are caused by differences in densities as a result of temperature and...
Completion Time: About 1 period
Grade Level: Elementary and Up
Updated: October 17, 2013 - 9:05am
Author(s):
Tonia Kushin
Maggie Prevenas
Excerpt: Overview Through activities, video observation, experimentation and the construction of a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) students will learn about the chemical and physical properties of sea ice. Objectives Students will be able to answer main questions of where sea ice is, how it is formed,...
Completion Time: More than a week
Grade Level: All Ages
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: 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: April 23, 2014 - 12:09pm
Author(s): Tim Spuck
Excerpt: Overview Have you ever wondered how polar scientists do it? How do they really know if the planet is losing 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: 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 30, 2013 - 4:30pm
Author(s): Mark Paricio
Excerpt: Overview How can the ocean be colder than 0 degrees C, the temperature at which water freezes? As it turns out, the concentration of the particles (in this case, the ions from the salt) in ocean water lowers the temperature at which the saltwater will freeze. Students will learn how ocean water...
Completion Time: About 1 period
Grade Level: High school and Up
Related Expeditions: Siberian Arctic Systems Study
Related Members: Mark Paricio
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

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: March 13, 2014 - 12:40pm
Date: Sat, 10/22/2011
Author(s): Chantelle Rose
Excerpt: This is a journal that can be used to follow the 2011 Winter Sampling Expedition!
Completion Time: More than a week
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Expeditions: Winter Sampling
Related Members: Chantelle Rose
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: 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: December 21, 2013 - 6:54am
Excerpt: Purpose To apply prior knowledge of chemistry to the acidification of our oceans. This can be a computer lab or library based activity Procedure Set up a glass tank in your classroom and grow a population of algae in water. Local pet supply stores will most likely give you some for free from...
Completion Time: About 1 period
Grade Level: Elementary 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: March 21, 2012 - 2:53pm
Date: Thu, 07/14/2011
Excerpt: Private PolarConnect Event held between PolarTREC Teacher Jim Miller, researcher Elliot Friedman, and Jim's class in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Jim and Elliot are working in Barrow, Alaska.
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Updated: April 3, 2012 - 6:08pm
Date: Thu, 03/29/2012
Excerpt: This one hour presentation is part of the C-ISE Physical Science professional development course. Elizabeth Webb in Healy, Alaska explains the carbon balance in warming and drying tundra.
Completion Time: About 1 period
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Updated: August 31, 2012 - 9:32am
Date: Wed, 04/04/2012
Excerpt: This 1 hour event is for educators interested in learning more on natural methane cycling, terrestrial methane studies in the polar regions, and Mr. Friedman's work with microbial electrochemical technologies. This event is part of the CISE online professional development course.
Completion Time: About 1 period
Related Members: Elliot Friedman
Updated: August 31, 2012 - 9:32am
Date: Mon, 04/09/2012
Excerpt: This is a one hour PolarConnect event with PolarTREC teacher Amber Lancaster and her research team aboard the RV Nathaniel B Palmer. They are studying the collapse of the Larson B Ice Shelf in Antarctica and its impact on the ecosystem of the Weddell Sea. Note: Due to satellite phone connection...
Completion Time: About 1 period
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Updated: August 31, 2012 - 9:32am
Date: Mon, 04/16/2012
Excerpt: In this one hour presentation, PolarTREC teacher John Wood explains the scientific work in the Carbon Balance in Warming and Drying Tundra expedition from Healy, Alaska.
Completion Time: About 1 period
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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: 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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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 18, 2013 - 9:56pm
Date: Wed, 10/16/2013
Excerpt: This one hour webinar is designed for educators as polar professional development. Dr. Okkonen details his work on the project studying bowhead whales and oceanographic conditions in their environment.
Completion Time: About 1 period
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Updated: April 21, 2014 - 2:53pm
Date: Fri, 04/18/2014
Excerpt: This one hour live event takes place in Greenland with Russell Hood and the NASA Operation IceBridge team.
Completion Time: About 1 period
Related Expeditions: Airborne Survey of Polar Ice 2014
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Video

Updated: October 26, 2011 - 1:22pm
Excerpt: This YouTube video lecture discusses the seasonal stratification and destratification of the world ocean, in other words, the formation of the seasonal thermocline!
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Updated: November 4, 2012 - 7:09am
Excerpt: This lecture discusses the seasonal cycle of the physics of the upper ocean at tropical, temperate, and polar latitudes.
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Updated: December 29, 2013 - 11:48am
Author(s): Bayer Corporation - Making Science Make Sense
Excerpt: Ever wonder why ice cubes float? I can tell you why ice floats in two words. Archimedes' Principle. Of course, Archimedes' Principle takes a bit more explaining. Let's make sense of it with science! This has been presented by Bayer Corporation's national education program, Making Science Make...
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Updated: October 26, 2011 - 1:30pm
Excerpt: This lecture discusses factors that affect seawater density, a most important quantity with implications for ocean circulation and productivity.
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Updated: March 26, 2014 - 5:22am
Excerpt: This lecture introduces physical oceanography, the study of the physics of the world ocean.
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
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: 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: 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...
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
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...
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 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...
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
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.
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
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
Completion Time: Less than 1 period
Grade Level: All Ages
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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: April 3, 2013 - 12:12pm
Date: Mon, 11/26/2012
Author(s): Brian DuBay
Excerpt: Installing Seismic Stations on Glacial Ice with crevasses 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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CTD is an acronym for Conductivity-Temperature-Depth.
Title: CTD Plots
Updated: November 21, 2011 - 1:16pm
Excerpt: CTD Data plots from the Winter Sampling Expedition. CTD is an acronym for Conductivity-Temperature-Depth. It is a device that measures the salinity, temperature, depth in a vertical profile from the surface. The data comes from the Chukchi Sea.
Related Members: Chantelle Rose

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
Related Members: Chantelle Rose
Updated: August 15, 2013 - 12:59pm
Date: Wed, 02/08/2012
Author(s): Tara Hastings
Excerpt: Tara Hastings, WDTN Meteorologist visited Graham High School to talk with PolarTREC teacher Chantelle Rose about her Winter Sampling expedition. A video interview will remain as an external link to WDTN webpage.
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Expeditions: Winter Sampling
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Updated: February 22, 2013 - 11:06am
Date: Tue, 02/14/2012
Publication: Centre Daily Times
Author(s): Ben Berkman
Excerpt: Article describes PolarTREC Nell Herrmann's expedition to study seafloor organisms and ocean conditions at Palmer Station, Antarctica.
Grade Level: All Ages
Link: Source
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Updated: February 22, 2013 - 11:24am
Date: Tue, 11/08/2011
Publication: Medhill Reports - Northwestern
Author(s): Medhill Reports - Northwestern
Excerpt: Using samples from a field site at Alaska's Hess Creek, researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute and the U.S. Geological Survey collaborated to study how permafrost-dwelling microbes generate greenhouse gases as their...
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Link: Source
Updated: March 6, 2012 - 3:23pm
Date: Mon, 11/07/2011
Author(s): Discover Magazine
Excerpt: Melting permafrost in a warming world could mean lots of greenhouses gasses, especially methane, released into the atmosphere. But it also means an unusual community of soil bacteria coming out of hibernation, so to speak. A new study looks at what those permafrost microbes do, exactly, as their...
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
Updated: August 28, 2013 - 5:26pm
Date: Thu, 03/04/2010
Publication: Time Magazine
Author(s): Michael Lemonick
Excerpt: Methane in arctic permafrosts being studied by University of Alaska professor. This article describes methane's potential impact on global climate change.
Grade Level: High school and Up
Updated: March 12, 2012 - 2:55pm
Publication: Nature
Author(s):
Nature
Ted Shuur, Benjamin Abbott, Permafrost Carbon Research Network
Excerpt: The Permafrost Network and scientists describe the changes in permafrost and the affects on carbon, methane, and other environmental factors
Grade Level: High school and Up
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
Related Expeditions: Airborne Survey of Polar Ice
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Updated: October 17, 2012 - 6:49am
Date: Tue, 05/03/2011
Publication: Syracuse.com: The Post Standard
Author(s): Mark Weiner
Excerpt: Jeff Peneston, Liverpool High School science teacher and PolarTREC 2008 alumnus was introduced as the New York State Teacher of the Year at an event in the White House Rose Garden that was televised nationally on cable TV. The article describes the awarding of this honor by President Barack Obama...
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Expeditions: Oden Antarctic Expedition 08
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Updated: October 22, 2012 - 9:41am
Date: Fri, 10/19/2012
Publication: Mooresville Weekly
Author(s): Tori Hamby
Excerpt: An article from the Mooresville Weekly, Mooresville, North Carolina, on Mike LeBarons upcoming departure to McMurdo Station to work on the WISSARD Project with researcher Ross Powell of Northern Illinois University.
Grade Level: All Ages
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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
Related Members: Liz Ratliff
Updated: March 6, 2013 - 3:15pm
Date: Fri, 04/12/2013
Publication: San Francisco Examiner
Author(s): Amy Crawford
Excerpt: This San Francisco Examiner talks with the PolarTREC teacher Amber Lancaster in Antarctica and her marine biology students back in San Francisco and the impact of the experience on their lives.
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Members: Amber Lancaster
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 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
Related Members: Mark Buesing
Updated: April 9, 2013 - 6:05am
Date: Wed, 03/20/2013
Publication: PRNewswire-USNewswire
Author(s): NASA
Excerpt: Press release about the launch of Operation IceBridge's 2013 season of research activity and science flights over Arctic ice sheets and sea ice. Operation Icebridge will undertake survey flights over land and sea ice in and around Greenland and the Arctic Ocean through early May in order to...
Grade Level: All Ages
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
Related Members: Mark Buesing
Updated: June 28, 2013 - 12:23pm
Date: Mon, 02/11/2013
Publication: ScienceDaily
Excerpt: ScienceDaily article on Rose Cory's latest research on CO2 and melting permafrost.
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
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Updated: July 24, 2013 - 6:31am
Date: Thu, 07/11/2013
Publication: National Science Foundation Press Release
Author(s): National Science Foundation
Excerpt: This National Science Foundation Press Release details how PolarTREC teacher Paula Dell's students designed and built their own underwater camera rig to observe and record Antarctic Fish. Their device was successfully deployed this year in the waters off Antarctica.
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Expeditions: Biology of Antarctic Fishes 2013
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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
Related Members: Lesley Urasky
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: 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
Related Members: Russell Hood
Armando presenting.
Updated: April 8, 2014 - 9:59am
Date: Wed, 04/02/2014
Publication: Metro
Excerpt: Article Title: Puertorriqueño formará parte de misión científica al Polo Sur News story about PolarTREC teacher Armando Caussade traveling to the South Pole as part of the IceCube project in December 2014.
Grade Level: All Ages
Link: Website
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Updated: April 8, 2014 - 11:44am
Date: Tue, 04/01/2014
Publication: Junte Ambiental
Excerpt: Spanish Article Title: Armando Caussade rumbo al Polo Sur Online story about Armando Caussade heading to the South Pole as part of the IceCube project.
Grade Level: All Ages
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Updated: April 8, 2014 - 11:55am
Date: Wed, 04/02/2014
Publication: Ciencia PR
Author(s): Gretchen Guzmán
Excerpt: Spanish Title: Puertorriqueño visitará el Polo Sur para investigación científica con PolarTREC An online news story about teacher Armando Caussade heading to the South Pole as part of the IceCube project.
Grade Level: All Ages
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Polar Profile

Julie Katch
Title: Julie Katch
Updated: July 25, 2012 - 7:02am
Author(s): Katey Shirey
Excerpt: Excerpt from Katey Shirey's PolarTREC journal about Julie Katch, a draftsman working in Antarctica: I returned to McMurdo Station from the South Pole and got my new room assignment, a shared 5 bed berth in the main station building. I arranged to meet up with my new friend Julie Katch whom I'd met...
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Presentation

Rachel Potter
Updated: November 20, 2012 - 12:18pm
Date: Fri, 05/18/2012 - Thu, 05/24/2012
Author(s):
Rachel Potter
Tom Weingartner
Hank Statscewich
Peter Winsor
Excerpt: Rachel Potter presents her research on the use of radar to measure surface currents in the top 2 m of the water column in the Chukchi Sea. The information gained from her research allows her to determine where water is going and how fast it is flowing, which can aid in issues of search and rescue,...
Grade Level: Middle School and Up
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
Updated: October 29, 2013 - 8:43am
Author(s): Alex Eilers
Excerpt: PolarTREC alumni Alex Eilers created this mini-exhibit about Antarctica for the Pink Palace Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. The exhibit highlights a variety of topics as well as Ms. Eilers personal experiences in Antarctica. Topics explored include: dressing for the cold Antarctic climate, research...
Grade Level: All Ages
Related Expeditions: Weddell Seals in the Ross Sea
Related Members: Alex Eilers
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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 losing 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 23 April 2014
Event Russell Hood and the Survey of Polar Ice 2014 Expedition This one hour live event takes place in Greenland with Russell Hood and the NASA Operation IceBridge team. About 1 period 21 April 2014
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 20 April 2014
Article Puerto Rican educator will visit the South Pole for scientific research with PolarTREC Spanish Title: Puertorriqueño visitará el Polo Sur para investigación científica con PolarTREC An online news story about teacher Armando Caussade heading to the South Pole as part of the IceCube project. All Ages 8 April 2014
Article Armando Caussade Heading to the South Pole Spanish Article Title: Armando Caussade rumbo al Polo Sur Online story about Armando Caussade heading to the South Pole as part of the IceCube project. All Ages 8 April 2014
Article Puerto Rican Will Join a Science Team headed to the South Pole Article Title: Puertorriqueño formará parte de misión científica al Polo Sur News story about PolarTREC teacher Armando Caussade traveling to the South Pole as part of the IceCube project in December 2014. All Ages 8 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
Video Ocean Physics Video - Introduction to Physical Oceanography This lecture introduces physical oceanography, the study of the physics of the world ocean. Less than 1 period Middle School and Up 26 March 2014
Activity 2011 Winter Sampling Journal This is a journal that can be used to follow the 2011 Winter Sampling Expedition! More than a week 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
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
Video Why Do Ice Cubes Float? Ever wonder why ice cubes float? I can tell you why ice floats in two words. Archimedes' Principle. Of course, Archimedes' Principle takes a bit more explaining. Let's make sense of it with science! This has been presented by Bayer Corporation's national education program, Making Science Make... Less than 1 period Middle School and Up 29 December 2013
Activity Acidity and Climate Change in the Arctic Purpose To apply prior knowledge of chemistry to the acidification of our oceans. This can be a computer lab or library based activity Procedure Set up a glass tank in your classroom and grow a population of algae in water. Local pet supply stores will most likely give you some for free from... About 1 period Elementary and Up 21 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
Presentation Antarctic Mini-Exhibit at the Pink Palace Museum PolarTREC alumni Alex Eilers created this mini-exhibit about Antarctica for the Pink Palace Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. The exhibit highlights a variety of topics as well as Ms. Eilers personal experiences in Antarctica. Topics explored include: dressing for the cold Antarctic climate, research... All Ages 29 October 2013
Event Dr Steve Okkonen on the Oceanographic Conditions of Bowhead Whale Habitat This one hour webinar is designed for educators as polar professional development. Dr. Okkonen details his work on the project studying bowhead whales and oceanographic conditions in their environment. About 1 period 18 October 2013
Lesson Chill Out- All About Ice in the Bering Sea Overview Through activities, video observation, experimentation and the construction of a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) students will learn about the chemical and physical properties of sea ice. Objectives Students will be able to answer main questions of where sea ice is, how it is formed,... More than a week 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 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 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
Article Arctic Methane and Warming Methane in arctic permafrosts being studied by University of Alaska professor. This article describes methane's potential impact on global climate change. High school and Up 28 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
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 Chantelle Rose - Back from the Arctic Tara Hastings, WDTN Meteorologist visited Graham High School to talk with PolarTREC teacher Chantelle Rose about her Winter Sampling expedition. A video interview will remain as an external link to WDTN webpage. 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
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 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
Article Chicago Teacher and Students Build Underwater Camera Rig to Observe and Record Antarctic Fish This National Science Foundation Press Release details how PolarTREC teacher Paula Dell's students designed and built their own underwater camera rig to observe and record Antarctic Fish. Their device was successfully deployed this year in the waters off Antarctica. All Ages 24 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
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
Lesson How Cold is Freezing? Overview How can the ocean be colder than 0 degrees C, the temperature at which water freezes? As it turns out, the concentration of the particles (in this case, the ions from the salt) in ocean water lowers the temperature at which the saltwater will freeze. Students will learn how ocean water... About 1 period High school and Up 30 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
Article Sunlight Stimulates Release of Climate-Warming Gas from Melting Arctic Permafrost ScienceDaily article on Rose Cory's latest research on CO2 and melting permafrost. Middle School and Up 28 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
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
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
Web Link Discovering Antarctica - Geology 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 All Ages 12 April 2013
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
Web Link How Do You Make and Break a Mountain How Physical Processes Form Physical Features. PolarTREC researcher Samantha Hansen shares this resource as a background to her work and information on geologic processes. Elementary and Up 12 April 2013
Web Link Introduction to Mountain Building 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 Middle School and Up 12 April 2013
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
Article NASA Begins New Season Of Arctic Ice Science Flights Press release about the launch of Operation IceBridge's 2013 season of research activity and science flights over Arctic ice sheets and sea ice. Operation Icebridge will undertake survey flights over land and sea ice in and around Greenland and the Arctic Ocean through early May in order to... All Ages 9 April 2013
Video Installing Seismic Stations on Glacial Ice Installing Seismic Stations on Glacial Ice with crevasses in Antarctica Less than 1 period All Ages 3 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 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 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-PASSCAL Polar Equipment The seismic equipment that is being used for TAMNNET (studying the Transantarctic Mountains) was specially engineered for use in polar climates. Polar projects commonly require a level of support that is several times that of seismic experiments in less demanding environments inclusive of very... Middle School and Up 3 April 2013
Web Link Education for the Budding Seismologist UPSeis (pronounced "up size") is a program created to teach young people (and not-so-young people) more about the planet we live on and how it works. The UPSeis program is divided into two parts: this web site and a school program. 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
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
Web Link Ice Stories - Antarctic Geology Ice Stories is a project from the San Francisco Exploratorium as 'Dispatches from Polar Scientists' as an outreach effort from the 2007-08 International Polar Year. The Antarctic Geology focuses on mountains in East and West Antarctica. Be sure to check out the videos associated on the website "... Middle School and Up 2 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
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 San Francisco teacher's polar trip explores cool science This San Francisco Examiner talks with the PolarTREC teacher Amber Lancaster in Antarctica and her marine biology students back in San Francisco and the impact of the experience on their lives. All Ages 6 March 2013
Lesson Ecological Cycles Part 2 – Draw an illustrated diagram of the carbon cycle Overview In this activity, students diagram the carbon cycle. A lot of the concepts presented here are necessary in order to fully understand the greenhouse effect and global warming. This lesson is presented as an activity to do before embarking on a study of the greenhouse effect and global... About 1 period High school and Up 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
Lesson Do You See What Icy? Overview This lesson answers the question: How does ice floating on the ocean act as it melts? Objective Students will learn about temperature, salinity and their effect on density. Students will learn that ocean currents are caused by differences in densities as a result of temperature and... About 1 period Elementary and Up 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
Article Warming Arctic Wakes Up Methane and Microbes Using samples from a field site at Alaska's Hess Creek, researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute and the U.S. Geological Survey collaborated to study how permafrost-dwelling microbes generate greenhouse gases as their... Middle School and Up 22 February 2013
Article Teacher Nell Herrmann Leaving for Antarctica Article describes PolarTREC Nell Herrmann's expedition to study seafloor organisms and ocean conditions at Palmer Station, Antarctica. All Ages 22 February 2013
Web Link Interview on Shipboard Expedition to Antarctica PolarTREC teacher Juan Botella is interview by a local news station about his work on the NB Palmer. Juan discusses ocean circulation and changes affecting marine organisms. Video and article included. All Ages 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 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 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
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 Surface Current Measurements in the Northeast Chukchi Sea Using Shore-Based High-Frequency Radar Rachel Potter presents her research on the use of radar to measure surface currents in the top 2 m of the water column in the Chukchi Sea. The information gained from her research allows her to determine where water is going and how fast it is flowing, which can aid in issues of search and rescue,... Middle School and Up 20 November 2012
Video Ocean Physics Video - Seasonal Cycles This lecture discusses the seasonal cycle of the physics of the upper ocean at tropical, temperate, and polar latitudes. Less than 1 period Middle School and Up 4 November 2012
Article Teacher Takes Scientific Expedition to Antarctica An article from the Mooresville Weekly, Mooresville, North Carolina, on Mike LeBarons upcoming departure to McMurdo Station to work on the WISSARD Project with researcher Ross Powell of Northern Illinois University. All Ages 22 October 2012
Article Liverpool High School teacher Jeff Peneston honored by President Obama at White House Jeff Peneston, Liverpool High School science teacher and PolarTREC 2008 alumnus was introduced as the New York State Teacher of the Year at an event in the White House Rose Garden that was televised nationally on cable TV. The article describes the awarding of this honor by President Barack Obama... All Ages 17 October 2012
Event Elliot Friedman and Terrestrial Methane and Microbiology This 1 hour event is for educators interested in learning more on natural methane cycling, terrestrial methane studies in the polar regions, and Mr. Friedman's work with microbial electrochemical technologies. This event is part of the CISE online professional development course. About 1 period 31 August 2012
Event Amber Lancaster and the LARISSA Project Expedition This is a one hour PolarConnect event with PolarTREC teacher Amber Lancaster and her research team aboard the RV Nathaniel B Palmer. They are studying the collapse of the Larson B Ice Shelf in Antarctica and its impact on the ecosystem of the Weddell Sea. Note: Due to satellite phone connection... About 1 period 31 August 2012
Event John Wood and the Carbon Balance in Tundra Expedition In this one hour presentation, PolarTREC teacher John Wood explains the scientific work in the Carbon Balance in Warming and Drying Tundra expedition from Healy, Alaska. 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
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
Polar Profile Julie Katch Excerpt from Katey Shirey's PolarTREC journal about Julie Katch, a draftsman working in Antarctica: I returned to McMurdo Station from the South Pole and got my new room assignment, a shared 5 bed berth in the main station building. I arranged to meet up with my new friend Julie Katch whom I'd met... 25 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
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
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
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
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
Event Elizabeth Webb and Carbon Balance in Permafrost This one hour presentation is part of the C-ISE Physical Science professional development course. Elizabeth Webb in Healy, Alaska explains the carbon balance in warming and drying tundra. About 1 period 3 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
Event Jim Miller and Microbial Activity in Thawing Permafrost Private PolarConnect Event held between PolarTREC Teacher Jim Miller, researcher Elliot Friedman, and Jim's class in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Jim and Elliot are working in Barrow, Alaska. 21 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 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
Web Link Potential Methane Releases in Arctic and Changing Climate What are the chances of abrupt releases of, say, 1 Gt of methane in the Arctic? What would be the impact of such a release? This scientific article offers detailed explanations of the stability of methane, impacts of hydrates, and data provided by NOAA and IPCC. Strong bibliography for this... High school and Up 12 March 2012
Article Permafrost Thaw Affecting Carbon and Methane The Permafrost Network and scientists describe the changes in permafrost and the affects on carbon, methane, and other environmental factors High school and Up 12 March 2012
Web Link NBC Learn Video on Permafrost and Methane Impacts NBC Learn, in partnership with the National Science Foundation, explores the impact that climate change is having on our planet. In this video, IARC's Dr. Katey Walter Anthony and IARC affiliate Dr. Vladimir Romanovsky are interviewed about permafrost, methane, and their impacts on the environment... Middle School and Up 12 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
Article Permafrost and Methane-Munching Soil Bacteria Melting permafrost in a warming world could mean lots of greenhouses gasses, especially methane, released into the atmosphere. But it also means an unusual community of soil bacteria coming out of hibernation, so to speak. A new study looks at what those permafrost microbes do, exactly, as their... Middle School and Up 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 Global Methane Inventory NASA GISS Institute on Climate and Planets education tools on Global Methane Inventory. This resource gives an introduction to the methane cycle as well as lessons, projects, research, and reference materials. Middle School and Up 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 Teacher Nell Herrmann Heads to Antarctica Local news interviews PolarTREC teacher Nell Herrmann about her expedition to Palmer Station, Antarctica. The take a visit to her classroom as well. Video and written article are included. All Ages 1 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
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 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 NASA: Drain the Ocean Video NASA video depicting "Draining the Ocean" All Ages 28 November 2011
Web Link NASA Salinity Video Salinity plays a major role in how ocean waters circulate around the globe. Salinity changes can create ocean circulation changes that, in turn, may impact regional and global climates. The extent to which salinity impacts our global ocean circulation is still relatively unknown, but NASA's new... All Ages 28 November 2011
Image CTD Plots CTD Data plots from the Winter Sampling Expedition. CTD is an acronym for Conductivity-Temperature-Depth. It is a device that measures the salinity, temperature, depth in a vertical profile from the surface. The data comes from the Chukchi Sea. 21 November 2011
Web Link Television Interview- Local Teacher at Arctic Circle This is a television interview from USCG Healy via satellite phone to a television station in Dayton, Ohio. All Ages 15 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 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
Video Ocean Physics Video - Seawater Density This lecture discusses factors that affect seawater density, a most important quantity with implications for ocean circulation and productivity. Less than 1 period Middle School and Up 26 October 2011
Video Ocean Physics Video - Seasonal Thermoclines This YouTube video lecture discusses the seasonal stratification and destratification of the world ocean, in other words, the formation of the seasonal thermocline! Less than 1 period Middle School and Up 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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Event Russell Hood and the Survey of Polar Ice 2014 Expedition This one hour live event takes place in Greenland with Russell Hood and the NASA Operation IceBridge team. About 1 period View Resource April 21, 2014 - 2:53pm
Article Puerto Rican educator will visit the South Pole for scientific research with PolarTREC Spanish Title: Puertorriqueño visitará el Polo Sur para investigación científica con PolarTREC An online news story about teacher Armando Caussade heading to the South Pole as part of the IceCube project. All Ages View Resource April 8, 2014 - 11:55am
Article Puerto Rican Will Join a Science Team headed to the South Pole Article Title: Puertorriqueño formará parte de misión científica al Polo Sur News story about PolarTREC teacher Armando Caussade traveling to the South Pole as part of the IceCube project in December 2014. All Ages View Resource April 8, 2014 - 9:59am
Article Armando Caussade Heading to the South Pole Spanish Article Title: Armando Caussade rumbo al Polo Sur Online story about Armando Caussade heading to the South Pole as part of the IceCube project. All Ages View Resource April 8, 2014 - 11:44am
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
Event Dr Steve Okkonen on the Oceanographic Conditions of Bowhead Whale Habitat This one hour webinar is designed for educators as polar professional development. Dr. Okkonen details his work on the project studying bowhead whales and oceanographic conditions in their environment. About 1 period View Resource October 18, 2013 - 9:56pm
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
Article Chicago Teacher and Students Build Underwater Camera Rig to Observe and Record Antarctic Fish This National Science Foundation Press Release details how PolarTREC teacher Paula Dell's students designed and built their own underwater camera rig to observe and record Antarctic Fish. Their device was successfully deployed this year in the waters off Antarctica. All Ages View Resource July 24, 2013 - 6:31am
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 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 San Francisco teacher's polar trip explores cool science This San Francisco Examiner talks with the PolarTREC teacher Amber Lancaster in Antarctica and her marine biology students back in San Francisco and the impact of the experience on their lives. All Ages View Resource March 6, 2013 - 3:15pm
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 NASA Begins New Season Of Arctic Ice Science Flights Press release about the launch of Operation IceBridge's 2013 season of research activity and science flights over Arctic ice sheets and sea ice. Operation Icebridge will undertake survey flights over land and sea ice in and around Greenland and the Arctic Ocean through early May in order to... All Ages View Resource April 9, 2013 - 6:05am
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 View Resource March 4, 2013 - 11:00am
Article Sunlight Stimulates Release of Climate-Warming Gas from Melting Arctic Permafrost ScienceDaily article on Rose Cory's latest research on CO2 and melting permafrost. Middle School and Up View Resource June 28, 2013 - 12:23pm
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 View Resource February 28, 2013 - 11:14am
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 View Resource December 13, 2012 - 9:52am
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 View Resource July 16, 2013 - 6:43am
Video Helicopter flights in Antarctica Helicopter flights in Antarctica with annotations on specific geographic and geologic features. Less than 1 period All Ages View Resource May 6, 2013 - 6:23am
Video Installing Seismic Stations on Glacial Ice Installing Seismic Stations on Glacial Ice with crevasses in Antarctica Less than 1 period All Ages View Resource April 3, 2013 - 12:12pm
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 View Resource December 26, 2012 - 3:33pm
Video Building and Installing Seismometers Dr. Samantha Hansen and the team building and installing seismometers in Antarctica. Less than 1 period All Ages View Resource April 3, 2013 - 11:04am
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 View Resource April 3, 2013 - 10:59am
By: Brian DuBay
Location: Mario Zucchelli (Italian Base)
By: Brian DuBay
Location: McMurdo Station
By: Brian DuBay
Location: McMurdo Station
By: Brian DuBay
Location: McMurdo Station
By: Brian DuBay
Location: McMurdo Station
Cap over the methane tubes.
By: John Wood
Location: Healy, AK
Elizabeth taking NDVI photos
By: John Wood
Location: Healy, AK
Unwrapping the core.
By: John Wood
Location: Healy, AK
Ptarmigan
By: John Wood
Location: Healy, AK
Flux CO2 graph at night
By: John Wood
Location: Healy, AK
Quiz graph
By: John Wood
Location: Healy, AK
Christian and Rosvel walking out to the Gradient Site.
By: John Wood
Location: Healy, AK
Denali National Park
By: John Wood
Location: Healy, AK
Caribou in the snow.
By: John Wood
Location: Healy, AK
CC Diagram
By: John Wood
Location: Healy, AK
Site B
By: John Wood
Location: Healy, AK
Snow Depth Graph
By: John Wood
Location: Healy, AK