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Link to Interrete Sci Show on Blood Falls with Subglacial Lake Whillans

Blood Falls is an outflow of an iron oxide-tainted plume of saltwater, flowing from the tongue of the Taylor Glacier onto the ice-covered surface of West Lake Bonney in the Taylor Valley of the McMurdo Dry Valleys in Victoria Land, East Antarctica. In the continuing series on Earth’s weirdest places, Hank describes more about this crazy place.

2014 Whillans Ice Stream Map

Map of Whillans Ice Stream, West Antarctica showing active subglacial lakes (blue bodies), main predicted subglacial water flow paths (blue lines), grounding line (where ice transitions from resting on bedrock or sediment to floating over ocean; black line), and WISSARD drill sites (white stars). The location of the Subglacial Lake Whillans and the area of the Whillans Ice Stream grounding zone selected for detailed study are indicated. Inset map shows location of Whillans Ice Stream in Antarctica. (Map by K. Christianson, New York University and St. Olaf College, 2014).

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2014 WISSARD Map

Prepared by Matthew Siegfried Scripps Institution of Oceanography University of California, San Diego

 

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WISSARD Site Map 2013-14

Whillans Ice Stream Map with Grounding Zone used for planning during the 2013-14 season

Antarctica/US Size Comparison

Antarctica is BIG. The United States is 400 square miles, while the Antarctica is 500+ miles in size; a full 25% larger than the the U.S.

Image from NASA

WISSARD GPS Sites 2013

 Map of the 23 GPS WISSARD sites for 2012-2013

Lake Whillans Ice Stream Surface Velocity

A map of the surface ice stream velocities in the West Antarctic Ice Sheet with the geographic position of Lake Whillans identified. Created by Sasha Carter, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD.

Subglacial Lakes Graphic

Graphic of the Antarctic Subglacial Lake SystemGraphic of the Antarctic Subglacial Lake System.   An artist's representation of the aquatic system scientists believe is buried beneath the Antarctic ice sheet. Additions added to show Lake Ellsworth and Lake Whillans.

Credit: Zina Deretsky / NSF

WISSARD graphic

WISSARD cutaway graphic subglacial lakes     WISSARD Graphic as used in the Chicago Tribune, November 2012

WISSARD Test Site Map (WISSPOT)

Map of WISSARD terst site  Map of the WISSARD Test site

WISSARD Deep Field Site Map

Overview map of the WISSARD Deep Field SiteOverview Map of the WISSARD Deep Field Site at Subglacial Lake Whillans.

Press Releases

US team poised to access and sample Subglacial Lake Whillans: One of the last unexplored frontiers on the planet

Project Overview Press Release

WISSARD Media Contact List

 WISSARD Contact InformationLead Science Contacts (Expected on site at Whillans Ice Stream Grounding Zone 1 Jan-24 Jan 2015)Dr. Ross Powell, Chief Scientist WISSARD Project, Executive Committee, Lead for Geology (RAGES sub-project)ross@geol.niu.edu, Northern Illinois...

Antarctica/US Size Comparison

Antarctica is BIG. The United States is 400 square miles, while the Antarctica is 500+ miles in size; a full 25% larger than the the U.S. Image from NASA