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Exploring cyanobacterial diversity in Antarctica Blog

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After a day of busy packing, submitting a request for a helicopter and some sequence data analysis, I went for an evening walk. It was a cloudy day and a little chilly as well. Over summer around 1,000 people are at McMurdo station and therefore you can find a little bit of everything that you would also find in any small town or village around the world.

 

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Scott's Discovery Hut and McMurdo Station.

 

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Cary labs, where a lot of the science is happening.


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McMurdo shop.

 


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One of the aims of the field event is to collect cyanobacteria from locations where the scientists of Scott’s and Shakleton’s expeditions collected material 100-years ago and compare them with the historic samples. We will sample cyanobacterial mats on Ross Island and the McMurdo Ice Shelf.


Cyanobacterial samples were collected during the three expedition:

 

1) The National Antarctic Expedition (1901-04; Discovery Expedition) led by R.F. Scott

 

2) The British Antarctic Expedition (1907-1909; Nimrod) led by E.H. Shackleton

 

3) The British Antarctic Expedition (1910-1913; Terra Nova) led by R.F. Scott

 



                                        Hut Point in front of McMurdo Station with the Discovery Expedition hut


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                                                                           Discovery Hut


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Anne D Jungblut

Anne D Jungblut

Member since: Sep 2, 2010

I'm Anne Jungblut from the Botany Department. Join me as I head to Antarctica to study cyanobacterial diversity in ice-covered lakes of the Dry Valleys and Ross Island where already scientists on Scott's and Shakleton's expeditions made many discoveries.

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