Antarctica - Dry Valleys
This season marks the first season our team has conducted extensive field work in the McMurdo Dry Valleys. These valleys comprise the largest ice-free region on the continent. Extensive scientific work has been conducted in the Dry Valleys all the way back to Robert Falcon Scott's expeditions in the early 20th century.
The McMurdo Dry Valleys are an Antarctic Specially Managed Area (AMSA). Activities within the area are managed to limit their environmental impacts and to assure that activities within the valleys are coordinated.
Since 1993, the McMurdo Dry Valleys has been a part of the National Science Foundation's Long-Term Ecological Research Program (LTER). the MCM LTER is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary study of the aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems in an ice-free region of Antarctica.