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Lake Fryxell and the Commonwealth Glacier in Taylor Valley (photo: Chris Gardner)

The Lost Seal
Words by:Diane McKnight
Illustrations by: Dorothy Emerling
Published by: Moonlight Publishing

This book was prepared in recognition of the International Polar
Year (2007-2009) by scientists of the McMurdo Dry Valleys Long
Term Ecological Research project, located at the Institute of Arctic
and Alpine Research, University of Colorado, and the Byrd Polar
Research Center, The Ohio State University. Support for the book
was provided by the Schoolyard Program of the Long-Term
Ecological Research Program of the National Science Foundation
(grant numbers OPP-9810219 and OPP-0423595).

The book includes text and illustrations contributed by students
in elementary classes in Australia, England, New Zealand, and the United States as part of their studies of the Antarctic, which included viewing the video of the seal taken at the time of this event. The publisher, author and illustrator would like to thank the following organizations, schools and individuals for participating in the preparation of this book.

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Participating Schools

  • Arbury Primary School, Carton Way, Cambridge, UK; teacher-
    Diane Rawlings
  • Bixby School, Boulder, CO, USA; teacher-Robert MacKenzie
  • Bluffsview Elementary School, Columbus, OH, USA; teachers-
    Donna Gehring, Becky Grabosky and Kathy Westbrook
  • Corbridge Middle School, Northumberland, UK; teacher-Emma Clarke
  • Creative Environment Day School, Fayetteville, NY, USA; teacher- Kimberly Taylor
  • Flossmoor Montessori School, Flossmoor, IL, USA; teacher- Shawn Manner
  • Buckingham Elementary School, Buckingham, PA, USA; teacher- Eileen Koch
  • Belle Valley School, Erie, PA, USA; teacher- Glenn McKnight
  • Granby Elementary School, Columbus, OH, USA; teachers- Michelle Harper and Todd Korn
  • King’s Highway Elementary School, Clearwater, FL, USA; teacher-Cynthia Melendez
  • Kinross Wolaroi Preparatory School, Orange, NSW, Australia; teacher-Rebecca Whiteley
  • Lee St. Primary School, Carlton North, Victoria, Australia; teacher-Anne Bleeser
  • Leongatha Primary School, Victoria, Australia; teacher-Marg Callanan
  • Liberty Elementary School, Columbus, OH, USA; teachers-Linda Lehman and Sandy Downie
  • Margate Primary School, Tasmania, Australia; teacher-Roger O’Meagher
  • New South Wales Primary School, Yarramundi, NSW, Australia; teacher- Lauren Broos
  • Ocean Shore School, Pacifica, CA, USA; teacher-Des Garner
  • Shorewood Elementary School, Madison, WI, USA; teacher-Erica Smith
  • Tarras School, Central Otago, New Zealand; teacher- Nicki Crabbe


  • Emma Broos, Sydney, Australia
  • Linda Capper, British Antarctic Survey, UK
  • Karen Cozzetto, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA
  • Jake Croall, Hamilton, New Zealand
  • Peter Doran, University of Illinois-Chicago, Chicago, USA
  • Richard de Ferranti, International Polar Foundation
  • Andrew Fountain, Portland State University, Portland, OR, USA
  • Christopher Gardner, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA
  • Chris and Vivien Hendy, Hamilton, New Zealand
  • Alison Hume, Alison’s Kids Antarctic Art Project, Australia
  • Jean Janecki, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, USA
  • Nadene Kennedy, U.S. National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA, USA
  • Carol Landis, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, US
  • W.B. Lyons, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, US
  • Carolyn McKnight, Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Glenna McKnight, Manlius, NY, USA
  • Jean de Pomereu, International Polar Foundation
  • John Priscu, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT, USA
  • Emma Reid, Antarctica New Zealand
  • Ursula Ryan, Antarctica New Zealand
  • Shelly Sommer, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA
  • Brent Stewart, Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute, San Diego, CA, U
  • Brian Stone, U.S. National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA, USA
  • Donna Sutherland, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Bruce Tate, British Antarctic Survey, UK
  • Ward Testa, U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Anchorage, Alaska
  • Martyn Tranter, University of Bristol, UK
  • Penny Tranter, Bath, UK
  • Diana Wall, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA

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This work is supported by the National Science Foundation grant ANT-0423595