A team of geologists is searching for ancient, buried ice deep in the heart of Antarctica. They must hike for several miles a day in sub-zero temperatures to find the perfect spot to drill for ice cores.
Earth & Environment
The "third rock from the Sun"—Earth. With an orbit neither too close nor too far from the Sun, it occupies a unique position in the Solar System. It's the only planet known to man with the right conditions for the origin and evolution of life. During Earth's 4.5 billion-year history, a combination of processes has transformed it into a watery blue, living planet. The Earth's ecosystems involve complex interactions between the biological (living) and physical (non-living) worlds. Scientific research helps us comprehend our effects on the environment and how the environment in turn responds to impacts of our activities.
Environmental engineers play vital role in determining next steps to safeguard drinking water
In Episode 10, Charlie and Jordan take a peek at Yellowstone's plumbing, chat about a new malaria model for blood cells and discuss the darling material of the nanotech world, graphene.
The surprising case of the sponge-cleaning brittlestar
Learn how future earthquakes may occur around the San Andreas Fault through special clay modeling techniques used at the University of Massachusetts Amherst by geosciences professor Michele Cooke Andresen.
Using a novel, helicopter-borne sensor to penetrate the surface of large swathes of terrain, a team of researchers supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) has gathered compelling evidence that beneath Antarctica's ice-free McMurdo Dry Valleys lies a salty aquifer that may support previously unknown microbial ecosystems and retain evidence of ancient climate change.
Boston University geologist David Marchant has led his team to the McMurdo Dry Valleys, part of only 2 percent of Antarctica that is not covered in ice. Without snow or ice, the landscape here resembles Death Valley or the Grand Canyon, and probably has not changed in the past 14 million years.
Seismologists discover massive pool of hot rock hidden deep beneath Yellowstone's supervolcano.
In episode 9, Jordan and Charlie celebrate Earth Day by chatting about hydraulic fracturing, taking a closer look at batteries and exploring biodiversity.
Ever wondered why you should spend a glorious day in the summer or a cold, windy day in the winter collecting beach-cast seabird carcasses for a citizen science group? Julia K. Parrish, the executive director of COASST, a citizen science group that organizes volunteers to monitor beach-cast seabird carcasses, explains why it would all be worthwhile.
Boston University geologist David Marchant leads the Antarctica Research Group on the long journey to the Transantarctic Mountains, a three week trek that involves military aircraft, polar survival gear and helicopters.
Engineers gather data for more informed decisions about the benefits versus costs of oil and natural gas development
In Episode 8, Charlie and Jordan chat about the many different species of gut microbes, explore how math is helping ovarian cancer research and investigate the smell coming from water pipes in West Virginia's Elk River area.
The search for ancient ice starts back on campus, in Boston University's Digital Image Analysis Lab, where BU geologist David Marchant and his team pour over thousands of high resolution satellite images of Antarctica. They are looking for polygons; shapes in the rock that indicate buried ice below.
Researchers go door-to-door, test tap water for possible impact on plastic pipes in home plumbing systems
Wonder why you should spend a glorious day in the summer or a cold, windy day in the winter collecting beach-cast seabird carcasses for a citizen science group? Julia K. Parrish, the Executive Director of COASST---a citizen science group that organizes volunteers to monitor beach-cast seabird carcasses---explains why it would all be worthwhile.
Geologist David Marchant leads a team of researchers, including Sean Mackay and Jen Lamp, deep into the heart of Antarctica. They are searching for ancient, buried ice, which may contain clues about the future of the polar ice caps under global warming
The chief scientist aboard T-TIDE leg 3 talks about the challenges and accomplishments of a day at mooring site "A1."
Smaller, smarter and faster radar systems could save lives, money when severe weather strikes