Dr. Todd Sowers with Penn State University
is one of the team's lead investigators. On previous occassions, Todd's
worked at the South Pole station as well as Vostok. Dr. Nelia Dunbar
is a co-investigator. She's been coming to the ice since 1983 and also
does research on Antarctica's most well-known active volcano - Mt. Erebus.
Mt. Erebus is one of the only volcanoes in the world to have a permanent
lake of molten magma. Its 1000 degrees Celsius temperature lies in sharp
contrast to Erebus's cold exterior.
made it "down to the ice" last week and am in McMurdo
Station now, the largest of the U.S. stations on the continent.
In McMurdo, as well as getting
ready to go into the field, I've been hanging out with the "Moulton
team" - Trevor, Todd, Pratigha, and Nelia. (from left to
right) I met them in Auckland, New Zealand on our way to Antarctica.
The Moulton team is going to an extinct volcano (Mt. Moulton)
in West Antarctica. They're studying the paleoclimate and will
be doing some ice coring there. They're what we call a deep
field team - really deep field. For six weeks, their main contact
with the outside world will be through high frequency radios!
The Moulton Team
I couldn't believe it!
I'd read about their journey and really admired the courage and determination
of the women on the team. Prat and Trevor came with me to the movie,
and I was very excited when Anne let me have my photo taken with her.
Anne Dal Vera
Pratigha (or P-man as we sometimes
call him) and Trevor are doctor wannabees. Prat is studying
at Penn State, and Trevor goes to the University of Colorado
in Boulder. In fact, I found out that Trevor has an office in
the same building I do and knows a lot of the same people I
do, but I'd never met him before!
In McMurdo, I sleep in a dorm
and share a room with Margaret. Margaret is studying cold adaptations
in Antarctic fish. The first time I walked into the dorm, a
flyer in the hallway caught my eye. It was advertising a documentary
about the 1992-93 American Women's Antarctic Expedition, the
first all women's expedition to ski from Antarctica's edge to
the South Pole. Anne Dal Vera, one of the team's four members,
was going to talk at the movie.