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In this interview from in front of the Canada Glacier in Antarctica’s Taylor Valley, Hassan Basagic from Portland State University describes the essential role of polar glaciers in supporting the bare-bones ecosystems in the Dry Valleys. Watch a few highlights from last year's Rubik's Cube Competition, and get ready to join us here at The Exploratorium on January 18, 2009, from 10am-4:30pm! 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. The POLENET project takes scientists all over the continent to install equipment, and to get there they leave from Williams Field, an airport near McMurdo Station. Willy Field has a runway equipped to handle the largest aircraft that fly into Antarctica. However, this runway is different; there's no pavement here - this runway is made of ice.
POLENET's Stephanie Konfal gives us a look at Willy Field.