Not quite plain sailing

A project is much like a baby. Before we got down to work, the idea seemed brilliant, the required amount of effort and commitment – reasonable, and the expected feeling of satisfaction from a job well done – irresistibly tempting. The project was fun to conceive, the months of waiting…

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Destination: the Arctic

If strolling along litter-strewn European beaches you ever console yourself with the thought of the far north – the last stronghold of wilderness, where beaches do not as yet look like rubbish dumps – you’re in for a bit of a disappointment. The Arctic is drowning in litter. Examples of…

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What sprouted in a rotten cabin

The idea to clean a stretch of Svalbard’s shoreline emerged one gloomy September afternoon in 2015, when – bored with excessive comfort of the Polish Polar Station Hornsund – we crossed the fiord to spend a few days in a rotten trapper’s cabin in Palffyodden and do some maintenance work…

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Cleaning the Arctic, or Sørkapp Marine Litter Cleanup

We are proud to announce that we have received 330,000 NOK from Svalbard Environmental Protection Fund for the realization of a project entitled Sørkapp Marine Litter Cleanup (No 18/70). Marine litter is human-created waste that has deliberately or accidentally been released in a sea or ocean. It can be blown…

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M.A.R.S. – Modular Analog Research Station

Since 2015, we have been involved in the project whose aim is to build the first analog Martian station in Poland. The originator and the driving force behind this idea is Agata Kołodziejczyk, but formulating a plan, implementing it and developing the project would not have been possible without the…

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A glacier through a chemist’s lens

In the article entitled "Chemical denudation and the role of sulfide oxidation at Werenskioldbreen, Svalbard", written by Łukasz Stachnik, Elżbieta Majchrowska (now Łepkowska), Jacob C. Yde, Adam Nawrot, Katarzyna Cichała-Kamrowska, Dariusz Ignatiuk and Agnieszka Piechota, you can read about several different processes taking place in proglacial waters (that is, waters coming…

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Dark clouds over Hans

Polar Science (vol. 10, 2016, pp. 249-261) published an article by Adam Nawrot, Krzysztof Migała, Bartłomiej Luks, Paulina Pakszys and Piotr Głowacki, entitled "Chemistry of snow cover and acidic snowfall during a season with a high level of air pollution on the Hans Glacier, Spitsbergen". The article looks at an…

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What lurks among goose feathers

In March 2016, an article by Maciej Skoracki and Krzysztof Zawierucha, entitled “Chenophila nanseni sp. n. (Acari: Syringophilidae) parasitising the barnacle goose in Svalbard”, was published in Polish Polar Research (vol. 37, no. 1, 2016). We too have made a modest contribution to the creation of this paper! The new…

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Meet the Space III Conference

The third edition of Meet The Space conference took place on 28–29 November 2015 at the Polish Aviation Museum in Kraków, Poland. The 3rd International Space Science and Space Technology Conference Meet The Space III 28-29 November 2015, Museum of Polish Aviation, Kraków, Poland Conference theme: Planetary Atmosphere Sampling This…

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European Rover Challenge 2015

On 5–6 September 2015 took place another edition of European Rover Challenge, whose main part is a prestigious international competition of Mars rovers designed and constructed by teams of students. The competition, as well as science and technology shows, and meetings with experts, took place in the Regional Science and…

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