Latest McMurdo Dry Valleys Stories
Caused by the leakage of iron-oxide brine, Blood Falls is a five-story tall Antarctic phenomenon that literally looks like a bleeding glacier. An international team of researchers recently tapped into the source of that brine, a reservoir that has sat there for millennia, and is currently set to begin testing the samples they extracted.
A new study indicates that flowing water on Mars may have only taken place during relatively short periodic episodes of global warming driven by volcanic activity.
Scientists reported in the journal Scientific Reports that permafrost in a section of Antarctica is melting faster than expected.
Several lakes around the world are known for their salty content. Among the most well-known are the Great Salt Lake in Utah and the Dead Sea. But these bodies of water pale in comparison to Don Juan Pond in Antarctica, known as the saltiest body of water on Earth.
A pioneering new study has revealed for the first time a viable community of bacteria that survives and ekes out a living in a dark, salty and subfreezing environment. This community is beneath over 65 feet of ice in one of Antarctica's most isolated lakes; Lake Vida.
NSF partners with international team to gather new information on hidden environments and past climate conditions in Antarctica.
The frigid McMurdo Dry Valleys in Antarctica are a cold, polar desert, yet the sandy soils there are frequently dotted with moist patches in the spring despite a lack of snowmelt and no possibility of rain.
Focusing on a controversial hypothesis that ice existed at the equator some 300 million years ago during the late Paleozoic Period, two University of Oklahoma researchers originated a project in search of clues to the Earthâ€™s climate system.
A range of fossils found in sediments on the slopes of Mount Boreas have helped refine the timing of the climate shift that gave rise to Antarctica's remarkable Dry Valleys.
- Large; stout; burly.