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We’ll take you into the field, on the page. Suffer this story on Methods, From science Friday.

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The Onyx flow is the longest flow in Antarctica, flowing for 19 mile from the coastal Wright lower Glacier and ending in Lake Vanda. This seasonal stream also has a long scientific record—it has actually been consistently monitored by researchers for 50 years. Science Friday’s education director Ariel Zych take it a pilgrimage to the McMurdo dried Valleys in Antarctica come visit scientists in the field who are part of this surveillance project. She and limnologist and also biogeochemist Diane McKnight, who has spent years studying these rivers, talk about the frozen desert ecosystem these waterways transect, and also how climate change has impacted the continent in the critical 50 years.

Journey into the field with the “Stream Team,” suffer flying through the dried Valleys by helicopter, and also explore the melt data that the Onyx River document in this feature at Methods, From science Friday.

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In 2002, streams in the dried Valley skilled record-high flows. Research scientist sarah Fortner collection melt samples top top Canada Glacier. Credit: cutting board Nylen
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This marked what researcher would call “the overwhelming year.” Here, researchers room paddling in the dry Valleys during the flood year. Credit: cutting board Nylen

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An Adélie penguin colony. Credit: Ariel Zych
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Credit: Ariel Zych

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Credit: Ariel Zych
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Credit: Ariel Zych

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