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Nathaniel B Palmer in Barilari Bay
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Nathaniel B. Palmer in Barilari Bay

January 8, 2014
The research vessel Nathaniel B. Palmer in Barilari Bay, Antarctic Peninsula. The vessel is on a two-month science expedition to the Larsen B Embayment, once occupied by a major ice shelf. In 2002, the ice shelf collapsed in a million pieces, leaving only a shard of the Larsen B Ice Shelf and a rapidly changed ecosystem in its wake. The ice shelf had been in place for at least 10,000 years. Read more about this science expedition in The Antarctic Sun article from Jan. 15, 2010, "Change of Plans." The National Science Foundation runs the U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP). In addition to maintaining three U.S. research stations on the continent, USAP supports research projects in an array of scientific disciplines, including for example, aeronomy and astrophysics, biology and medicine, geology and geophysics, glaciology, and ocean and climate systems. Outreach, such as the Antarctic Artists and Writers program, and education programs are also supported. For more information about USAP, visit the program's website Here. (Date of Image: January 2010) Credit: Adam Jenkins, National Science Foundation