McMurdo Dry Valleys LTER News

Congrats to John Priscu for getting the Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Technology Pioneer Award

Dr. Peter Doran joins the Louisiana State University as the first holder of the John Franks Endowed Chair.

John Priscu describes diversity of life discovered in Lake Whillans, West Antarctica sub-glacial lake water

While you should expect some changes in content, you can start visiting the MCM LTER website we put together for the upcoming review (Jan 21-24 2014)

Diana Wall was presented with the Soil Science Society of America's (SSSA) highest honor, the Presidential Award. The organization presented Wall with the award at their 2013 annual meeting.

Levy said on a recent findings at Garwood:"We're seeing the first Arctic-style change to the permafrost in Antarctica". Read more on Nature Sci. Reports

Murray, Doran and others reached news outlets around the world: The PNAS publication titled "Microbial life at -13 deg. in the brine of an ice-sealed Antarctic lake" is echoed in many world press outlets.

John's reflections on his ~30 years of Antarctica field research

The MCM LTER was deeply saddened to learn that our founding PI, Dr. Robert Wharton passed away on September 18, 2012 .

Diana's talk touched on Global Soil Problems, Nematodes, Deserts - to the Ice - Soil Biodiversity; - sending Diana and Ross soil that started us off on the ice and Bob's legacy - the LTER - Lake Hoare physical struc

The history of astrobiological research in the McMurdo Dry Valleys and the connections to the LTER are touched in this seminar conducted by Peter Doran

John Priscu's massive effort to explore the world beneath the Ross Ice Shelf has won an international award for his work in Antarctica.

NPR science friday program. Features John Priscu and Diana Wall, covers questions like "What happens when the ice in Antarctica melts?"

Antarctic salty soil sucks water out of atmosphere: Could it happen on Mars?(J. Levy, AG Fountain, K Welch and BW Lyons)

As posted:
he 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.

A new study, led by an Oregon State University geologist, has found that that the salty soils in the region actually suck moisture out of the atmosphere, raising the possibility that such a process could take place on Mars or on other planets.

Antarctita as seen through the eyes of OHioans (features Berry Lyons and Diane McKnight)

John Priscu on the challenges and opportunities on reaching Lake Vostok

Transcript follows:

IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY, I'm Ira Flatow. Think of Antarctica as the world's largest ice cube. Ninety percent of the world's ice is locked up down there. But Antarctica is also home to one of the fastest-warming spots on the planet, the Antarctic Peninsula. That's the tip that points towards South America.

Diane McKnight, lead PI of McMurdo Dry Valleys, NAE elected member for elucidating the interrelationship between natural organic matter and heavy metals in streams and lakes.

Read about life, research, and everything, from our team members in Antarctica

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