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Northern Illinois University geology professor Reed Scherer, right,... News PhotoAntarctica,DeKalb,Education,Environmental Issues,Geology,Horizontal,Illinois,Journey,Northern Illinois University,Professor,Student,Talking,Travel,USAPhotographer Collection: Tribune News Service 2012 MCTNorthern Illinois University geology professor Reed Scherer, right, and geology student Brian Guthrie talk about their coming trip to Antartica in DeKalb, Illinois, on November 8, 2012. Scherer and a handful of his students are leaving to study the frozen continent where temperatures hover around 5 degrees Fahrenheit and 90 mph winds create massive snowdrifts and whiteouts. (Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)