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  • Quantarctica – A free GIS package for Antarctica

    Quantarctica is a collection of Antarctic geographical datasets which works with the free, open-source software Quantum GIS. The package is freely available for non-commercial use in research, education, and operation in Antarctica.

  • Recovery Lakes, East Antarctica: Radar assessment of sub-glacial water extent

    In 2007 four new large subglacial lakes were reported in the upper reaches of the Recovery ice stream, in Dronning Maud Land, East Antarctica. The collective extent of these lakes, whose existence was deduced from satellite data, would have put them among Antarctica’s largest, second only to Lake Vostok.

  • Getting ready for season two of ICE Fimbul Ice Shelf

    Preparations for a second season on ICE Fimbul Ice Shelf are well underway. All the equipment, both scientific and personal, is packed into 25 metal zarges boxes, already on their way south.

  • The ocean beneath the Fimbul Ice Shelf is cold

    The warm deep water found over deep water outside the Fimbul Ice Shelf does not flow directly into the cavity under the ice shelf.

  • We're there!

    Today the expedition arrived at the site M1, where the first hole will be drilled through the ice shelf. The trip here was challenging.

  • A new image mosaic of the Fimbul Ice Shelf

    A mosaic of high resolution mages gives a detailed view of the Fimbul Ice Shelf.

  • The glaciologists at the Fimbul Ice Shelf

    Glaciology is traditionally a male dominated field, however the glaciologists participating in the expedition to the Fimbul Ice Shelf are all women.

  • Traverse completed

    February 21 at 4 pm, 1600 UTC, the Norwegian-American Scientific Traverse of East Antarctica 2007-2009 rolled in to Troll Station. The field part of this large IPY project has been successfully completed.

  • First science on return trip

    The traverse departed Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station and commenced its 2300 km return journey back to Troll Station on December 23, 2008. After a week in the field everything is going fine, and the first science stop has now been completed.

  • Travel log from Bouvetøya

    After recovering from our initial shock of seeing large chunks of Nyrøysa gone since the last expedition in 2001-2002, we got going with the work we're actually here to do!