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To Antarctica... and beyond!

Posted January 11, 2010

During my undergraduate days at NC State, I had the opportunity to hear — twice — Dr. Al Riordan talk about the year he spent at McMurdo Research Station on Antarctica.  To this day, it's one of the most interesting presentations I've ever seen, much like the stories of the wild west must have been to folks here on the east coast a hundred-plus years ago.

Well, a colleague of ours is getting to live out that experience, albeit for a much shorter time than a year.  (I'm pretty sure Greg is so jealous he can hardly stand it.)

Dan Satterfield, a meteorologist with WHNT-TV in Huntsville, Alabama, is the lucky fellow getting to spend some quality time on the bottom of the world.  He's there on an expedition along with outreach scientist Ann Posegate from Earth Gauge.  Both are blogging about their experiences and what they find.  Some of the stories they've told, including of the southernmost rugby match ever played and a gorge nous sunset in Christchurch, New Zealand, remind me of Dr. Riordan's presentations, and I think you might find them interesting, too:

Dan's blog: Dan's Wild Wild Science Journal

Dan's Twitter feed: @DanWHNT

Ann's blog: Earth Gauge in Antarctica

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  • 3stoogesfan Jan 12, 2010

    That was interesting. I've always been fascinated with Antarctica and the McMurdo Research Station. I would imagine, though, that you have to have a special kind of tolerance to live there for a long period. It's beautiful but challenging.