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Current Time and Temperature at Palmer Station
Current time and temperature at Palmer Station


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Head: The Dirty Dozen
Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) have been called "Hand-me-down poisons that threaten wildlife and people" (World Wildlife Fund). The United Nations Environment Programme lists twelve of them as "The Dirty Dozen". Investigate one of these POPs to find out where it is produced, where it is used, and what its harmful effects can be. Or, investigate the new Global POPs Treaty that is currently being reviewed by United Nations member countries.

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Head: Meet the Scientists
In this reading and writing activity, you can find out what the science team members think about their jobs! Find out what skills it takes to be a scientist! Then, write to team members while they are in Antarctica!

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Head: Meet the Scientists
It takes a lot of time to keep lab equipment clean and ready to use. Take a look at Amy as she cleans some glassware. Solve a math problem by estimating the time it will take Amy to do this job.

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Head: Meet the Scientists
There are many things to be done before the team goes to Antarctica to collect air and water samples. Michele is responsible for making sure that the necessary materials are ready on time. Once you get to Antarctica, there is no way to go out and buy something you need! Help Michele calculate how long it will take to prepare the important filtering materials–the XAD columns and the PUF!

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Head: Meet the Scientists
Paul is the safety officer at VIMS. He teaches people how to follow proper safety procedures while in the lab. He also has an interesting tattoo. Take a look at this activity, in which you solve a math problem: how long did it take Paul to have this tattoo completed?

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