30 January 1998
Vol 279, Issue 5351

About The Cover

Many research projects in Antarctica are reaching critical turning points. Astrophysicists, for example, are gearing up to turn a South Pole test-bed into a major observatory. The cover photo, a pair of emperor penguins on the transitional ice between the sea and Mount Erebus, whimsically captures the increasingly international partnerships that drive antarctic science. A Special News Report beginning on 655 and a Report on 689 highlight antarctic research in its time of transition. [Photo: Eric Baker]