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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This letter is part of a series written by a glacial geologist working in Antarctica. In her "letters home," Stephanie Shipp shares her work and discoveries. This letter includes:
- an overview of the type of research Shipp concentrates on,
- notes about how she divides her "in the field" and "in the lab" work during a typical year,
- an explanation of why she keeps a journal,
- a sample journal entry, and
- a journal glossary, which defines the abbreviations she uses.
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Supplement a study of Antarctica with an activity drawn from this essay about the importance of a scientist's field journal.
- Send students to this online article, or print copies of the essay for them to read.
- Working as a class, create a list of the types of information that Shipp and other researchers record in field journals.
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