There are a lot of people who, like me, spend an inordinate amount of time worrying about ice. One of those people is my friend, Dr. Rachel Obbard, a professor of engineering at Dartmouth College and an expert on the microscopic features of ice. Right now she’s bundled up in Barrow, Alaska with a team of fellow scientists and engineers, hunting for the perfect sea ice to take back to her microscope.
Rachel and her team are keeping an excellent blog about their adventures. Click on over to The ICE-MITT Project to follow along with their science mission, learn about the unique challenges posed by field research on ice (polar bears included!), and see what sorts of crazy antics they get up to on their snowmobiles.