University of Wisconsin-Madison

Week 10 at the Pole

NSF/I. Rees
NSF/I. Rees

People often mention penguins when they’re asked to think about the South Pole. But they are quickly reminded that there are none to be found there—penguins are sea animals, and only the coastal areas of Antarctica are hospitable to them. In fact, the South Pole is a cold, barren desert, home to no wildlife whatsoever. But surprise, surprise—a little creature snuck in, presumably in the last fresh food shipment. “Dustin” the moth was found fluttering around the lab. Captured in a jar, he sadly perished, however, not living long enough to see the sunset, which is fast approaching.

NSF/D. Larsen
NSF/D. Larsen