* Free in the Garden
"The hunt for liquid water in Antarctica: why we care about water in a cold, dry place" Neil Foley // Earth and Planetary Sciences, UC Santa Cruz
Antarctica, despite being covered in ice, is the world's largest desert: liquid water is very rare. I find the hidden water using geophysics. We care because Antarctica (where it is wet) is similar to where we hope to find life outside of Earth and it is also similar to past conditions where life survived on Earth. Even if you remain pessimistic about finding life off Earth, the presence of water in Antarctica is important for climate history, glacier motion, and geothermal heat.