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Ice Stories: Dispatches from Polar Scientists

features photos, blogs, and webcasts of penguin biologists, glaciologists, cosmologists, geologists, and marine scientists working in Antarctica and the Arctic. They're documenting their adventures in real time, so that students can follow their research, ask questions, and share in discoveries as they occur. Learn about the penguins, whales, South Pole telescope, transantarctic mountains, what's under the glaciers, ballooning, building a neutrino detector under ice, and more. (Exploratorium, National Science Foundation)

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Interesting Fact:

Currently under construction and scheduled to be complete in 2011, IceCube will consist of an array of ultra-sensitive light detectors buried roughly a mile deep into the Antarctic ice sheet. To build it, researchers must drill into the ice sheet with a hot water drill, then sink a vertical string of light detectors into the water-filled hole before it freezes over again.
Scientific balloons are the cheapest, fastest way to carry payloads of up to 8,000 pounds to heights of up to 120,000 feet (36.5 km), where the earth's atmosphere gives way to near space.

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