Ice Research for Climate Clues Means Watching for Bears

September 26, 2014 12:57 PM

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When Rachel Obbard, a Dartmouth College engineering professor, goes into the field in February to collect samples for her latest project on sea ice and climate, she will have to take an armed guard.

The gun-toting guide is required to keep polar bears at bay. Obbard said her team is going to Barrow, Alaska, to get samples from newly developed sea ice and become the first researchers to store and transport the complex material in its original form.

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