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Antarctic Water Sampling (Image 2)

July 2, 2010
Antarctic Water Sampling (Image 2) Kelly Jacques (left), an environmental technician for Raytheon Polar Services Company (RPSC), with assistance from Cindy Dean, RPSC's environmental education and compliance coordinator, draws a sample of drinking water from onboard the M/V Nathaniel B. Palmer, while docked at McMurdo Station, the National Science Foundation's (NSF) logistics hub. The Nathaniel B. Palmer is a research vessel chartered by the U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP). Since the days of the square-rigged polar exploration ships of Cook and Nansen, making sure that drinking water remains drinkable has been a challenge. At one time, rum was regarded as the sovereign--often the only--remedy for foul water. Today, chemistry heads off problems before they happen. An independent laboratory in New Zealand will analyze the samples for metals, organics, volatile organic compounds and other contaminants. RPSC tests drinking water aboard ships and field camps to insure that it meets or exceeds standard set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. To learn more about the USAP program, visit the USAP Web site. (Date of Image: 2007) [Image 2 of 4 related images. See Image 3.]


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