Back from down under
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Kate Pound, associate professor of earth and atmospheric sciences, spent October through January in the coldest, windiest, driest place on earth – the Antarctic. She was one of eight educators nationwide who worked with a drilling firm that collected sediment core samples from the seafloor beneath the Antarctic ice shelf in order to learn about the continent ’s past and probable future. The team drilled back in time to recover a history of paleo-environmental changes, which will aid understanding of glacial changes in the region and may be helpful in evaluating global warming.
A geologist, and faculty member since 2002, Pound is helping develop lab/classroom activities for teaching K-12 teachers, blogged about her experience for the benefit of K-12 science students and was a Science Museum of Minnesota correspondent while at the South Pole.