BOZEMAN — Using a specially designed hot-water drill to cleanly bore through a half mile of ice, a National Science Foundation-funded team of researchers, which includes faculty and students from Montana State University, has become the first ever to reach and sample the "grounding zone,” wh…
An Adele penguin stands awkwardly on spiral ice. The ice had been stranded on the shore of Paulet Island in the Weddell Sea. The island was supposed to be a jumping off point for photographer Tom Murphy's expedition this fall.
Tom Murphy is well-known for his photography in Yellowstone National Park and has more recently branched out into photographing Antarctica.
The top photo shows landscape and ice typical of what Tom Murphy and his fellow expeditioners would have seen along the Antarctic Peninsula. The fall expedition was canceled, however, for safety reasons.
Montanans likely experienced some of the coldest temperatures on the planet, Saturday night.
At an age when most people are considering retirement, 62-year-old Livingston photographer Tom Murphy is preparing to launch what may be the most ambitious wilderness expedition of his life.
One of the big attractions of the Antarctic for Livingston photographer Tom Murphy is the different iceberg formations. He shot the photo of this berg in Neko Harbour on the west side of the Antarctic Peninsula.
A colony of king penguins at Salsbury Plain on South Georgia Island spreads across the landscape. The brown ones are chicks.
A rock hopper penguin may look fierce, but it stands only about 20 inches tall, one of the smallest penguins in the world.
Although awkward on land, penguins are amazingly graceful in the water. Here, a gentoo penguin jumps off a rock for a swim.
Gold Harbour at sunrise reveals gentoo penguins on the beach with an elephant seal resting in the surf between them.
Ice cirulating in the Weddell Sea has been known to crush ships. This shot was taken near where Murphy and his fellow crew plan to get off the boat and start their ski trip, near Brown Bluff on the edge of the peninsula.
King penguins leave unique tracks in the snow as they waddle around King Haakon Bay on South Georgia Island.
A juvenile elephant seal, about 2 weeks old, is not a mama's boy. They nurse for about 12-14 days, then mom leaves and they never see her again.
Please excuse the well-worn pun, but Sarah Calhoun had to learn the clothing business by the seat of her pants.
John Priscu MSU photo by Kelly Gorham.
It often seems like our Earth has been completely explored, all of its secrets revealed, and then along comes a report of someone finding an animal, insect or plant unknown to science.
BOZEMAN -- Montana State University faculty and students are back in Antarctica monitoring Weddell seals in the most pristine ocean left in the world, but dramatic changes in the sea ice are causing new challenges.
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Cris Hernandez was running the outdoor recreation program at Eastern Montana College in Billings when he introduced his brother-in-law, Patrick Smith, to the area's mountains and rivers in the 1980s.