U. S. South Pole Station, 6-12

The U.S. South Station site is a special report on the research underway at the NSF’s Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. Students will learn why the South Pole is a unique place for studying astronomy, air and ozone, seismic science, off-world simulations and life sciences. It includes photographs, diagrams, and videos of the new station and how it was constructed. The video tour provides a look at the challenges of living and working in that environment and how the challenges are overcome. Included are photographs, videos, illustrations, stories about the station and its crew, a fact sheet of information on the instruments used, a timeline of important dates in South Pole exploration. A live webcam is also online.

Connections to 6-8 Iowa Core Essential Concepts and/or Skills:
• Understand and apply knowledge of the structure and processes of the earth system and the processes that change the earth and its surface.
• Understand and apply knowledge of earth history based on physical evidence.
• Understand and apply knowledge of the earth’s atmospheric properties and how they influence weather and climate.
• Understand and apply knowledge of the components of our solar system.
• Understand and demonstrate knowledge of the social and personal implications of environmental issues.