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The Coldest, Driest, Windiest, Highest Continent

These resources introduce Antarctica’s extreme environments, describe the conditions under which researchers live and work, and explain how Antarctica is important to the Earth as a whole.

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Sea Ice in Antarctica

This Connecticut teacher traveled to Antarctica to research ice cores. Learn more about the time she spent on an icebreaker and why she's continuing to study sea ice in a graduate program.

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Some Background on Antarctica

Despite extremely harsh conditions, about 3,500 people go to work in Antarctica each year. And the number of research applications is on the rise. What, exactly, is so alluring about Antarctica?

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Antarctic Photo Gallery

Working in the extreme environment of Antarctica calls for supreme gear and machines—that is, unless you're naturally outfitted, like an emperor penguin or elephant seal.

Keeping a journal

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Letter from Stephanie: Keeping a Journal

"Keeping a good journal is kind of like having an extra brain," says this glacial geologist. Find out what Shipp records in her second brain when she's conducting field research in Antarctica. 

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