Shutdown Could Kill Antarctic Research

The government shutdown could hamper the U.S.'s scientific research on Antarctica.
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Alex Brown
Oct. 7, 2013, 12:24 p.m.

The gov­ern­ment shut­down could claim an­oth­er cas­u­alty if it drags on through mid-Oc­to­ber: the Na­tion­al Sci­ence Found­a­tion’s Ant­arc­tic re­search sea­son.

All but a few sci­ent­ists would be forced to leave the agency’s three re­search sta­tions on the con­tin­ent, Nature re­ports. That would ef­fect­ively end the Oc­to­ber-to-Feb­ru­ary re­search sea­son. “We are in a ma­jor plan­ning mode to be­gin an or­derly trans­ition to care­taker mode at the sta­tions,” said an of­fi­cial for Lock­heed Mar­tin, the con­tract­or run­ning NSF’s Ant­arc­tic work. “A de­cision will be made early next week.”

Stud­ies map­ping ice sheets, subgla­cial lakes, and Ant­arc­tic bio­logy are among those af­fected.


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