Dispatches from Antarctica's Dry Valleys

Scientists hunt for clues about Earth's climatic past and possible future in one of the world's most remote landscapes.

By Jennifer Berglund|Friday, May 31, 2013
RELATED TAGS: ARCTIC & ANTARCTIC
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In 1903, explorer Robert F. Scott and his team stumbled on an anomaly in the frozen, white expanse that is Antarctica: the Dry Valleys, fields of exposed rock with virtually no visible ice. Since 1986, geologist David Marchant of Boston University has spent nearly every Antarctic summer here, decoding a unique landscape. Journalist Jennifer Berglund, assisting Marchant in the field, kept a diary of her adventure.
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