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National Science Foundation Evacuates Patient from Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station
News  /  Thursday December 1, 2016
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has agreed to provide a humanitarian medical evacuation flight for an ailing visitor from its Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station to McMurdo Station on the Antarctic coast and...

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New Study Reveals West Antarctica's Largest Glacier May Have Begun Retreating as Early as the 1940s
News  /  Monday November 28, 2016
The present-day thinning and retreat of Pine Island Glacier, one of the largest and fastest shrinking glaciers of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, may have already been underway as early as the...

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to Visit NSF Antarctic Research Stations
News  /  Monday November 7, 2016
Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled later this week to visit McMurdo and Amundsen-Scott South Pole stations in Antarctica, where he'll meet with researchers funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF)....

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Sixty Years Of South Pole Flights
News  /  Tuesday November 1, 2016
On October 31, 1956, a plane descended out of the clear, blue sky at the bottom of the planet. The twin-engine R4D-5 Skytrain, named Que Sera Sera, touched down on the frigid...

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U.S. Antarctic Program Investigator Dies in Snowmobile Accident Oct 23, 2016

U.S. Antarctic Program Investigator Dies in Snowmobile Accident

Dr. Gordon Hamilton, University of Maine Climate Change Institute, Orono, Maine, was fatally injured when the snow machine he was riding went into a crevasse. Hamilton's team was camped in a heavily crevassed area known as the Shear Zone (SZ), approximately 25 miles south of McMurdo Station, the largest of the three U.S. research stations in Antarctica.


Statement From Dr. Kelly K. Falkner on the Death in Antarctica of Gordon Hamilton Oct 23, 2016

Statement From Dr. Kelly K. Falkner on the Death in Antarctica of Gordon Hamilton

On behalf of all of us in the National Science Foundation’s Division of Polar Programs, which manages the U.S. Antarctic Program, I wish to express our deepest sympathies and regrets to the family, friends, and colleagues of Gordon Hamilton, who died this weekend while conducting field research in Antarctica.


New NSF Solicitation: The Future of Thwaites Glacier and its Contribution to Sea-level Rise
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International Jazz Day is celebrated at South Pole Station

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