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To get to Greenland, scientists fly with the 109th Air National Guard in a Hercules C-130 aircraft. It is definitely not your typical airline experience. Dr. Vladimir Romanovsky is researching permafrost geophysics: the relationship between the frozen ground (permafrost) and climate. Join host Julie Konop as she asks Vladimir about his most recent data. A witty public service announcement for The Superstition Obstacle Course, where visitors were invited to challenge some superstitions. Superstition Obstacle Course was part of the Mind exhibit collection. Weather permitting, correspondents Anne Jensen and Laura Thomas will have just returned from their first day at their field location at Nuvuk (a.k.a. Point Barrow). We'll take a look at conditions after the long winter, and watch as these scientists, and their students, prepare for a summer of digging. As the Arctic continues to warm, chemicals locked in the snow can be released-either into the seas or evaporated into the air. Dr. Glenn Rowland studies the chemicals locked in the ice to help us understand what is there now and how it will react when released into the environment.
Ice Stories correspondent Chico Perales is a great adventurer, photographer, and field coordinator for scientists. He's spent many seasons in Antarctica, but has finally made North to Barrow. Join us as we listen to Chico's incredible tales from both poles, and learn about what it takes to get scientists out on the ice. How does the interaction of solar radiation on sea ice effect climate change?
Please join us as we chat live with Dr. Don Perovich, an expert in the fields of albedo effect, and sea-ice mass balance on climate.
Brendan Kelly learned from Inuit hunters how to train Labrador retrievers to find ringed seals. This allows Brendan and his colleagues to set up live-capture nets to keep the seals from diving after they come up for air. The seals are tagged with satellite transponders so they can be tracked to learn about their breeding grounds and migration habits. One of the first projects to move into the new BASC(Barrow Arctic Science Consortium)facility, the archeologist team of Anne Jensen and Laura Thomas, are preparing for their season of digging up the past. We will catch up with them in their lab: take a look at their tools and specimens, and learn about their plans as they prepare for their upcoming field work. Learn more about the new mission to Mars! The Mars Phoenix Lander touched down on the Red Planet on Sunday, May 25, 2008, and began collecting data. Phoenix is designed to study the history of water and search for complex organic molecules in the Martian arctic's ice-rich soil. Join Exploratorium Senior Scientist Paul Doherty as he walks us through the mission and shows us the first pictures that the Phoenix Lander sends back!