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May 1997 Frontiers cover

Antarctic Research: It's Cool!

May 1997


Antarctic Research: It's Cool!
Whether scientists are studying ice floes, examining stars or tracking penguins, research in Antarctica requires grit, enthusiasm and a sense of adventure.

Digital Libraries Will Make Information More Accessible
Through the combined efforts of six universities, the idea of having a research library in your computer--complete with knowledgeable librarian--is becoming a reality.

Scientists Unveil Lake Victoria's Secret
When researchers used sound waves to examine the depths of Lake Victoria, they expected to learn the lake's long history. Instead they found that in the not too distant past, the area wasn't a lake at all.

Science and Engineering Graduate Enrollment Drops
Enrollment in science and engineering graduate programs fell in both 1994 and 1995, and they are likely to continue to decline.


An Island Grows in Hawaii
An underwater observatory allows researchers to watch as a Hawaiian volcano creates what may become the next island in the chain.

Proof Positive: Meteorite Impact and Dinosaurs' Extinction
Deep sea sediments provide proof that a meteorite struck Earth at the same time the dinosaurs went extinct.

Test your knowledge with our quiz.

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About the cover:
A native Emperor penguin inspects a transient researcher.

Credit: NSF and the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) Library at the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, Va.


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