Category Archives: Priestley_2018

Back home – Safe’n Sound

We safely returned back to New Zealand ! After a couple of windy days at Jang Bogo, we hitched a ride on the ‘kiwi-herc’. The plane departed from the sea-ice runway, with strong crosswinds causing a rather adventurous take off. … Continue reading

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A day in the field – Virtual Reality Special

Since the early days of polar exploration, public outreach has been an important duty of the few ones who could report from the icy world. Logbooks from whalers, diaries from individual expedition members and even their published work sold like … Continue reading

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Are there rainbows in Antarctica ?

Today, a lesson in optics. Rainbows are formed when sunlight travels through a drop of liquid water. As a sun-ray enters the drop, its direction is refracted because the medium has changed from air to water. This is similar to … Continue reading

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How to become a helo-pilot in Antarctica ?

If your ringtone is the Top Gun soundtrack and you enjoy flying around in an epic landscape – there is a job for you: Helicopter pilot in Antarctica ! But pilots in Antarctica are not the daredevils that you might … Continue reading

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How do you go to the toilet in Antarctica ?

The question everyone want’s to ask, but doesn’t… how to poop with thick down clothing ? To stay warm in Antarctica means that we wear several layers of pants, sweaters and jackets. Also, we need to eat plenty of ‘heavy … Continue reading

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Is Science a form of Art ?

“There is more to this than meets the eye” – with our human eyes, we can only see what is called the visible spectrum of sunlight. So if there is anything beyond this visible part, our eyes would unfortunately be … Continue reading

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Arts and Antarctica

Art is a very important part of our society. It has the power to unite people from different backgrounds, to educate those who do not want to be educated and to inspire the others. Most of us know the feeling … Continue reading

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Ice Update From The Field

After 11 days at the Priestly Glacier, we call it a very successful expedition! The weather today was mostly sunny but cold, with the temperature reaching -20oC. We have begun disassembling camp today and are heading to Jang Bogo Station … Continue reading

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Antarctic Ecology

  Kids and even older students often think that animals = vertebrates or even animals = mammals. That is of course incorrect. Any eukaryotic organism that eats preformed nutrients and does not engage in photosynthesis and isn’t a fungus or … Continue reading

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Antarctic Environmental Protection

What is the current action being done to prevent the Antarctic from basically melting away? Since Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Chile, France, Norway, Russia, South Africa, United Kingdom and United States signed the Antarctic Treaty in 1959, polar research stations continue … Continue reading

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