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.

National Science Foundation Arctic Research Consortium of the United States University of Alaska- Fairbanks


Physical Science Resources
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Univisión Puerto Rico (WLII-TV channel 11) live television interview with Eliezer Ramos and Armando Caussade. This resource is in Spanish.

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Spanish Article Title: Profesor puertorriqueño participará en una misión científica en la Antártida

An EFE wire service news story published in Primera Hora, about Armando Caussade heading to the South Pole as part of the IceCube project. This resource is in Spanish.

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Spanish Article Title: Profesor puertorriqueño realizará investigaciones en el Polo Sur

A news story from Mi Puerto Rico Verde (online environmental news) about Armando Caussade heading to the South Pole as part of the IceCube project. This resource is in Spanish.

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Spanish Article Title: Sondeando los confines del universo detectando neutrinos

A Diario de Puerto Rico news story about Armando Caussade heading to the South Pole as part of the IceCube project. Also published in Telemundo Puerto Rico (WKAQ-TV channel 2). This resource is in Spanish.

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Spanish Article Title: Profesor puertorriqueño investigará en la Antártida

A NotiCel news story about Armando Caussade heading to the South Pole as part of the IceCube project. This resource is in Spanish.

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Exploration of the Antarctic continent did not occur until the late 1800’s, and the South Pole was first reached on December 14, 1911. Courage, planning, and technology have been the main components of Antarctic exploration from the earliest days.

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This one hour live event takes place in Greenland with Russell Hood and the NASA Operation IceBridge team.

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Spanish Article Title: Puertorriqueño visitará el Polo Sur para investigación científica con PolarTREC

English Article Title: Puerto Rican educator will visit the South Pole for scientific research with PolarTREC

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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. This resource is in Spanish.

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Spanish Article Title: Puertorriqueño formará parte de misión científica al Polo Sur

A news story about PolarTREC teacher Armando Caussade traveling to the South Pole as part of the IceCube project in December 2014. This resource is in Spanish.

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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 Greenland this spring.

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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.

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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.

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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 to gather data on sea ice, glaciers, and ice sheets.

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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 to gather data on sea ice, glaciers, and ice sheets.

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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.

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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.

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Rawlins Daily Times newspaper article about Lesley Urasky's upcoming PolarTREC expedition to Antarctica for the 2010-2011 research season

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 YouTube.

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ScienceDaily article on Rose Cory's latest research on CO2 and melting permafrost.

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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.

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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 Greenland's glaciers.

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