Questions for Paul Morin

Learn more about my research In December, 2006, Paul Morin answered visitors questions about geology in Antarctica.

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Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Are there signs of global warming in Antarctica?

posted on Sun, 12/24/2006 - 12:37pm
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Paul Morin says:

The snow line is going up and the Dry Valley glaciers are at their furthest extent that has been seen. Glaciers surging forward is a sign of warming.

posted on Tue, 01/02/2007 - 4:14pm
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Chloe says:

On average how cold is it there? And what kind of wildlife, if any have you seen?

posted on Tue, 12/26/2006 - 2:50pm
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Paul Morin says:

It has been 45F to -20F but mostly on the warmer side. It is summer and we have 24 hour sun. It has only been really cold when we were at high elevation.

There hasn't been much wildlife here. We did see a Skua in camp in the Dry Valleys for the first time in 10 years. There were also penguins around McMurdo for a few days.

posted on Mon, 02/05/2007 - 12:15pm
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alyssa says:

what do you like about antarctica the most?

posted on Tue, 12/26/2006 - 4:43pm
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Paul Morin says:

It is unlike anywhere I have ever been. Except for the red parkas we wear the entire world is black and white. There is just no color. There are also no plants of any kind.

posted on Mon, 02/05/2007 - 12:20pm
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Scott Nelson says:

Are there really volcanos on the continent of Antarctica? Are they active? Do they spew lava?

posted on Wed, 12/27/2006 - 6:57pm
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Paul Morin says:

There are. In fact McMurdow, the main logistical base, is on on teh flank of Mt Erebus. Scienctists have cameras filming the eruptions all the time.

posted on Tue, 01/02/2007 - 4:14pm
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Anonymous says:

Can you describe what you wear when you go out to do field work?

posted on Fri, 12/29/2006 - 2:20pm
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Paul Morin says:

Extreme cold weather gear. I'll have pictures of it later today.

posted on Tue, 01/02/2007 - 4:15pm
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susan says:

Why are Antartica's Dry Valleys called that? What makes them dry?

posted on Fri, 12/29/2006 - 2:37pm
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Paul Morin says:

They are on the dry side of the Trans Antarctic Mountains. All the snow falls on the other side of the mountains. It does snow from time-to-time in the DVs. It is so dry and cold NASA uses the DVs to test technology used on mars.

posted on Tue, 01/02/2007 - 4:15pm
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Pat O'Hara says:

Paul,
What mapping software do you use? Can it do 3D visualizations of an area of the map? I am interested in mapping a mythical planet for a wargame I am involved with.

Pat O

posted on Sat, 12/30/2006 - 2:58pm
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Paul Morin says:

We use everything from ARCmap to goCAD and Earth vision. We also use Photoshop to do more of the artistic part of the mapping.

posted on Tue, 01/02/2007 - 4:15pm
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Anonymous says:

how different is map making now compare to the techniques that were use hundreds of years ago?
Also, what kind of technology or tools that are used to make maps...are they 100% accurate?

posted on Tue, 01/02/2007 - 11:23am
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Paul Morin says:

It is now almost completely done on computer. We can more easily correct errors and add new information as it becomes available.

No map is 100% accurate. It depends on human mesurement, GPS accuracy and human error.

posted on Tue, 01/02/2007 - 4:15pm
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How far do you travel from wherever you base camp is to the Dry Valleys? And, what is your mode of transportation? How far do you have to walk vs. other means?

posted on Thu, 01/04/2007 - 2:14pm
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Beau Breems says:

I've heard that the largest mountains in the world are actually buried beneath the ice and snow of Antarctica. Is this true?

posted on Fri, 01/05/2007 - 1:41pm
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Anonymous says:

how cold is antarctica

posted on Sun, 01/07/2007 - 1:45pm
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Anonymous says:

Hi Paul,

This is Sue. We (Steve, Sarah, Mark, Sophie, and Marlee) are here at the Science museum and we see that we are supposed to ask you a question. So, if you are using spy satellites, digitized paper maps, why are you down there? Is it old fashioned walking around? What is there that you didn't know? (20 words or less answer is fine). See you in a few weeks!

posted on Mon, 01/08/2007 - 2:42pm
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Rachel Z says:

What is your background? How did you get into making maps? What else have you mapped?

posted on Thu, 01/11/2007 - 4:28pm
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Breanna says:

hi, what kind of rocks and minerals are there in Antarctica? I am interested because I want to be a geologist.

Breanna

posted on Sun, 01/14/2007 - 1:23pm
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Anonymous says:

what is the name of the volcano in antarctica?

posted on Mon, 01/15/2007 - 2:10pm
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David Arenivar says:

How much of Antartica's geology comes from the ground underneath the ice, and not the ice itself?

posted on Sat, 01/20/2007 - 3:47pm
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Zach says:

What is the volcanic history of Antarctica

posted on Sun, 01/21/2007 - 4:42pm
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Boogers r my thing says:

should i care about global warming? in Minnesota our winters r freezing and i would love to live in a climate that wuz toasty.

posted on Mon, 01/22/2007 - 4:40pm