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ALE Partner Nick Lewis Co-Authors Paper with Simon Abrahams & NASA Scientists on Permafrost at Elephant Head

Posted  08/7/19 in Updates From The Field, Science

A recent collaboration brought together the NASA Ames Research Center and Christopher P McKay, Edward Balaban, Simon Abraham and ALE partner Nick Lewis that produced a paper on Antarctica's permafrost. This permafrost is found on Mars and in the Ellsworth Mountains, close to ALE's action packed adventures. That's worth knowing about.

Thwaites - Antarctica's Doomsday Glacier

Posted  07/31/19 in Science, Antarctic Environment

Principal Investigators of the International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration (ITGC) recently conducted a special briefing for UK policy makers, on sea-level rise from Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica. The scientists explained why it is important to reduce the uncertainty on how Thwaites Glacier will contribute to future sea-level rise; how governments will need to adapt to [...]

Changing Antarctic Waters Could Trigger Steep Rise in Sea Levels

Current changes in the ocean around Antarctica are disturbingly close to conditions 14,000 years ago that led to the rapid melting of the Antarctic ice sheets and a three metre rise in global sea levels. New research published in Nature Scientific Reports found that at the end of the last ice age, Antarctic ocean temperatures [...]

The Geology of The Ellsworth Mountains

The glaciated and alpine topography of the Sentinel Range in the Ellsworth Mountains provides excellent climbing terrain for mountaineers with eight of the ten highest peaks in Antarctica being located here. While the majority of visitors to the area come to climb, this region of the continent has plenty to offer adventurers and geologists in [...]

2014 Science News

Posted  12/29/14 in General Interest, Science

Union Glacier hosts a melting pot of adventurers, explorers and scientists each season. We are excited to welcome research teams investigating a broad range of topics during the 2014-15 season. Learn more about the projects and fieldwork they'll be doing on the ice.

Summer Polar Bootcamp

ALE Travel Safety Manager, Seth Timpano, attended a week-long Bootcamp in July 2014. But instead of marching drills and push-ups, this Bootcamp focused on satellite imagery in the Polar Regions. We asked Seth about the course and how it could apply to his work in Antarctica.

In the Spotlight - Tom Hart

Posted  08/17/14 in General Interest, Science

Penguinologist Tom Hart loves penguins and is working hard to develop conservation strategies for them. So when he got the opportunity to visit an emperor penguin colony with ALE last year he jumped at the chance. We caught up with Tom recently to ask him about that experience and about his ongoing research.

Adventure Meets Science en Route to the Pole

Posted  12/12/13 in General Interest, Science, Expeditions

The Willis Resilience Expedition is a two-part Antarctic expedition, involving both scientific discovery and human endurance. 19-year-old explorer Parker, a sophomore at Yale University, and his team will conduct a coast-to-pole-to-coast survey, covering thousands of kilometers of untested Antarctic territory. Their data will contribute to a deeper understanding of global climate patterns. The expedition involves three separate, scientific projects : [...]

A View Into Korea's Antarctic Program

Posted  07/17/13 in General Interest, Science

The Korean Polar Research Institute (KOPRI) undertakes a world-class program in polar research, and with a modern new research facility in Seoul and a new Antarctic Station under construction, they are fulfilling their mission.

Future of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet

Posted  05/28/13 in General Interest, Science

The West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) is one of the key polar scientific puzzles for projecting the consequences of climate change. WAIS holds a potential 11-20 feet (3.3-6 meters) of global sea level rise and is inherently unstable because it is grounded on rock that lies well below sea level.

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