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  • In the Moscow airport, heading home

    We had a very productive morning yesterday listening to student presentations regarding their research projects and their learning experiences from this trip. It has only been 30 days since the group has been together but a lot of individual and self transformation has occurred during this period.…
  • Near real time modifications of our work

    This has been an event filled week. If you have been keeping up with the blog you might have realized a few things regarding the scientific aspects of the project: a) this part of the world has a lot of frozen carbon from the Pleistocene era stored underground called Yedoma that has the potential to thaw as the earth warms, b) the thawing of this carbon and transformation of this carbon into gases (e.g.…
  • A lot of progress in a short time

    It is very nice to be back at the North East Science Station. After almost a week it is amazing how much our team of students and mentors from the US, Russia, Netherlands, and Britain have accomplished in this short of time.…
  • Goodbye Meat Donuts

    Hello Moose (donuts?)! And we’re off to Cherskii. So far we’ve been exposed to quite a variety of food. Yesterday, in downtown Yakutsk, we solicited a delicious cafeteria that gave us a chance to try liver with mayo, spiced carrots with mushrooms, fried bread-pocketed meatballs, flaccid french-fries, chicken kabobs, raw salmon, and of course, meat donuts.…
  • Airport security and baggage check in Yakutsk! We are off to the NE Science Station

    Do it yourself baggage check The funny part about traveling as large group is that we are one dominating force in the airport. Overall things are going quite smoothly and we made it through the double security points (one for the small airport and one before check in), have checked in for our flight and are all excited to go to the NE Science Station in Cherskiy.…
  • arrived safely yesterday, now leaving Moscow!

    We arrived safely in Moscow yesterday.  The students and faculty look like they have rested well from the journey here and out trip to Red Square.  It is exciting to see this place through the eyes of our students.  The food at our hotel was well… Russian fare but made by an Uzbek chef that remembered us from last year.…
  • In Northfield

    The American PI’s for the project are here in Northfield, MN for the Nobel Peace Forum.  It is great to see everyone and begin discussions on our plans for Russia this year.   The forum schedule looks pretty exciting and I am looking forward to hearing different topics related to climate change.…
  • Off the river and thinking about mammoths

    July 17, 2008 Author: Sudeep Chandra As you may have gathered from the other blogs, we have just returned from a multiday trip up the Kolyma, a river that flows into the Arctic Ocean. We hired a ship to move the barge on which we are living, teaching, and collecting samples. …
  • Arrival at Cherskiy station, 70 km from the ocean!

    July 14 2008 Author: Sudeep Chandra We arrived at the Cherskiy Research station a few days ago.  Check out our location by typing in “Cherskiy Russia” on Google maps. The ride in an old Russian turbo prop plane went much better than I had imagined. …
  • Yakutsk, Eastern Siberian city of mammoth bones, permafrost, cultural diversity, and lattes!

    Greeting from eastern Siberia.  My name is Sudeep Chandra, one of the principal investigators on the Polaris Project and an assistant professor at the University of Nevada- Reno. Our trip to date has been filled with learning experiences for all involved.…