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Land and Life in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica

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Courtesy of the McMurdo Dry Valleys Long Term Ecological Research Program

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The McMurdo Dry Valleys are the coldest and driest desert system in the world and represent 2% of the Antarctic Continent that is free of ice. This polar desert is a configuration of barren ground, alpine, terminal, and piedmont glaciers, and ephemeral streams. The high winds and bitter cold (average air temperature of -20

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