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Stream Team Adventures in Antarctica

Chris Jaros, Tyler Kohler, and Alia Khan (all INSTAAR) in a stream gauge box in the Dry Valleys that can double as an emergency shelter. Photo by Alia Khan, December 2011.

During the 2012 field season, graduate student Alia Khan sent several posts from the Dry Valleys of Antarctica to the New York Times "Scientist at Work" blog. Read about polar history, camp life, ephemeral streams, and life in extreme environments in her first-hand accounts.

Khan is a member of the Stream Team, a changing group of researchers who study water and ecology in the cold desert on the shore of McMurdo Sound. The team is led by Khan’s adviser Diane McKnight, who has been working in Antarctica for over 20 years as part of the Long-Term Ecological Research program.

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