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We tour the NOAA Atmospheric Research Observatory at the South Pole where scientists are monitoring carbon dioxide levels, CFCs, solar radiation, and the ozone hole. Our intrepid Exploratorium team shares experiences from their visit to Shackleton's hut. This hut is at Cape Royds, where Shackleton mounted an expedition to the South Pole and made a first ascent of Mt. Erebus.
We take a tour of Black Island, and speak with Tony Marchetti who for the last 13 years has been running this vital communications station for the U.S. Antarctic operations.
Adelie Penguins bicker around their nests at Cape Royds, Ross Island, Antarctica. Exterior shots of Shackleton's Hut at Cape Royds. Shots inside Shackleton's Hut at Cape Royds Penguin adults tending their chicks at the colony Shots of the research pen at the Cape Royds adelie penguin colony. Skuas at the penguin colony wait for a chance to snatch a chick. Shots of Adelie Penguins at the Cape Royds colony.