Blogs and Writing

Snow on Ice: Sea pigs and mud #10



“We found a sea pig last night in one of the Megacore tubes,” Jennie Mowatt, a marine technician onboard, nonchalantly said as she passed around a video on her cell phone for all of the scientists in the meeting.

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Snow on Ice: Synergizing Science #9



The crane lowered the little orange submarine until it finally touched down snuggly onto its ramp on the back deck of the Palmer.

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Snow on Ice: When in Antarctica: the backup to the backup #8



“I think the secret to the work we do in many ways is as much as possible beforehand, asking the question, ‘what if, what if, what if.…’” Andy Smith, a principal investigator on the ITGC GHOST project, commented about working in Antarcti

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Snow on Ice: Geology with a Spoon #7



While the seal team sat on one of the smaller Shaeffer Islands tagging their second and third seals (described in a previous blog post

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Snow on Ice: Seals help scientists explore Thwaites Glacier #6



Calling it seal tagging doesn’t really put the right image in your mind. I had pictured a seal with a small plastic tag attached to its body like you’d see on a cow or pig ear. Seeing it in person was a surprise.

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Snow on Ice: Ice above, warm water below #5



As we travel among the Thwaites menagerie of giant icebergs, it’s hard to believe that a thousand feet below the ship sits warm water.

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Snow on Ice: Into the Ice #4



“Iceberg! Starboard beam.” I was sitting at my computer typing and I think it took a second to sink in for me and everyone else in the room.

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Snow on Ice: The little orange submarine #3


Snow on Ice: Thwaites Glacier Science at Sea

The ship bobbed lazily in the Straits of Magellan, ringed by the snow-capped mountains of the far southern Andes, the sun becoming quite warm, the water still as glass.

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Snow on Ice: Setting Sail #2


Snow on Ice: Thwaites Glacier Science at Sea

We arrived into Punta Arenas on January 26th and met our US Antarctic Program (USAP) representative, Maribel.

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Snow on Ice: Headed south #1


Snow on Ice: Thwaites Glacier Science at Sea
Join Tasha Snow as she reports life on the N.B. Palmer on a research voyage to Amundsen Sea.

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THOR blog - Cruise offshore of Thwaites Glacier



Seven researchers from the Thwaites Offshore Research team embark on a 53-day cruise in the Amundsen Sea to study the ocean off of the Thwaites Glacier.



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TIME blog 2018-2019



Thwaites Interdisciplinary Margin Evolution (TIME) is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Environment Research Council (NERC) to study the Eastern Shear Margin of Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica.

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Instrument Highlight: Phase-sensitive radar (ApRES), Filchner Ice Shelf


Instrument Highlight

Research teams use phase-sensitive radars for determining ice shelf basal melt rates.  Data is used to enhance climate models.



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