A wide variety of scientific research is currently conducted in the Dry Valleys.
The McMurdo Dry Valleys are of great scientific importance with features including:
A wide variety of scientific research is currently conducted in the Dry Valleys, primarily by the United States, New Zealand and Italian Antarctic programmes. An interdisciplinary study of the aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems called the Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) project has been running in the region since 1992. Details of current science activities can be accessed in the directory.
Image: Collecting invertebrates, springtails and mites, from the under- side of small stones in the Miers Valley in the Dry Valleys © Jane Ussher, Antarctica NZ Pictorial Collection: K245 08/09