Dr. Adam Lewis of North Dakota State University Geosciences

December 8th, 2007 andrea

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I had the great honor and pleasure of spending time with Dr. Adam Lewis during his short trip here to be filmed for an upcoming NOVA episode. Here is an interview in two parts, part 2 is my favorite.

Part 1:
Part 2:

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Don Voigt, Pole Net, Penn State University

December 8th, 2007 andrea

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I had an interesting conversation with Don Voigt of the Pole Net project, an ambitious project to place seismic monitors along the trans-Antarctic mountains. Don talks about his work on the Greenland ice sheet as well:

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McMurdo from Discovery Hut

December 8th, 2007 andrea

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One very unexpected effect being in Antarctica has had on me is to magnify life, particularly human life. Each time I have gotten away from McMurdo and into the silence, the escape from the crowds of people and machine noise of New York that I thought I craved, I find my ears searching for any tiny voice or machine sound. I created this short, very quiet binaural recording from the site of Discovery Hut, in it you can very faintly hear the hum of the waste treatment plant:


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NASA’s Radarsat

December 8th, 2007 andrea

P1000711Yesterday Nik Sinkola gave a group of us a tour of a place in the hills above McMurdo known as Radarsat, NASA’s satellite tracking station. The system tracks about 35 US, Canadian, and European satellites in coordination with other stations around the world. The tracking antenna, a giant dish, is housed in a Buckminster Fuller-inspired ‘bucky ball’ with thin mylar walls. Under high winds, the inside of the structure vibrates like a giant drum. Here’s a binaural recording of the interior:


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