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Plastic 'has entered' Antarctic terrestrial food chain

Paris - Scientists have found bits of polystyrene in the guts of tiny, soil-dwelling organisms in the Antarctic, raising concern that microplastics pollution has already "deeply" entered the world's most remote land-based food systems.

Ukraine scientists navigate lockdown to reach Antarctica

Kiev - Yuriy Otruba was preparing for his sixth scientific expedition to Antarctica when the coronavirus pandemic hit, shutting borders, grounding flights and locking down countries he needed to travel through.

Emissions of banned ozone-destroying chemical on the rise

Emissions of a banned, ozone-depleting chemical are on the rise, a group of scientists reported Wednesday, suggesting someone may be secretly manufacturing the pollutant in violation of an international accord.

1.5 million penguins discovered on remote Antarctic islands

Paris - A thriving hotspot of some 1.5 million Adelie penguins has been discovered on the remote Danger Islands in the east Antarctic, surprised scientists announced Friday.

We are about to see the birth of the biggest iceberg on record

In a new update on the Larsen C Ice Shelf Rift, dated June 28, 2017, Project Midas scientists say that a speeding up of the breaking off of the soon-to-be-iceberg is another sign that "calving is imminent."

New survey shows two Antarctic penguin species in sharp decline

As Antarctica continues to warm, two species of the continent's five iconic penguin species are in sharp decline, according to a new survey.

'Halloween Crack' threatens to cut off British Antarctic station

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has made the decision to shut down its Halley VI Research Station on The Brunt Ice Shelf for the winter after a new crack in the ice appeared not far from the remote outpost.

Logbooks reveal Antarctic sea ice barely changed in 100 years

Century-old logbooks from the ships of Captain Robert Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton, key figures from the "Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration," have revealed that sea ice levels in the Antarctic have changed very little in the last 100 years.

Russian Patriarch strolls with penguins on Antarctica trip

Moscow - Patriarch Kirill has made a first ever visit by the head of the Russian Orthodox Church to Antarctica, praying with polar explorers at its wooden church and strolling with penguins.

British explorer dies trying to cross Antarctic solo

Santiago - British adventurer Henry Worsley died while trying to make history by crossing the Antarctic alone in a trip backed by members of the royal family, his wife said.

Japan to defy world opinion, set to begin whaling in Antarctic Special

Going against the tide of public opinion and an international court ruling, Japan's whaling boats will head for the Southern Ocean. A chief negotiator for whaling decisions told reporters that the country will resume whaling in Antarctica in Dec. 2015.

U.S. Coast Guard races to free ice-bound Australian ship

Los Angeles - A U.S. icebreaker is racing to rescue an Australian fishing vessel with 27 people on board stuck in the Antarctic ice, the US Coast Guard said Wednesday.

Human pollution extends to Antarctica

The extent of human pollution has reached Antarctica, with different types of pharmaceuticals found in fish, clams and sea urchins in waters close to Antarctica.

Underwater robot sheds new light on Antarctic sea ice

Cambridge - A collaborative effort involving scientific teams from the UK, U.S. and Australia has produced the first detailed, high-resolution 3-D maps of Antarctic sea ice with the help of an underwater robot.

Thaw reveals Antarctic explorer's century-old notebook

Wellington - A photographic notebook from Robert Scott's ill-fated Antarctic expedition has been found after a century trapped in the ice of the frozen continent, New Zealand's Antarctic Heritage Trust said.

Antarctic sea ice extent dumbfounds climate scientists

There is more sea ice in Antarctic Ocean waters today than has ever been seen since scientists began using satellites to record and map the extent in the 1970s. While this may reflect negatively on global warming, scientists can explain the phenomenon.

Stricken Russian vessel spends New Year still stranded on ice

The Russian vessel, Akademik Shokalskiy has been stuck in thick ice since Christmas Day and although the stricken ship has now been spotted, it remains stuck with 74 passengers, crew and scientists on board.

Coldest part of the world identified (video)

Using thermal-sensing satellites, scientists have pinpointed a region in East Antarctica with the coldest recorded temperatures on Earth.

Whale hunt is on as Japanese whaling ships set sail for Antarctic

Using a clause in the International Whaling Commission (IWC) moratorium rules, Japan continues to engage in whaling in the Antarctic Ocean, under the guise of the Institute of Cetacean Research. The meat from this research is then sold in Japanese shops.

Antarctic Marine Reserve proposal rejected by China, Russia

Covering 1.9 million sq. mi., the Ross Sea is one of the most species-rich marine environments in the world. The Ross Sea and East Antarctic, part of the Southern Ocean, are in danger of over-fishing and in need of the world's protection.

Video: New NASA animation shows Antarctica without ice

Sheets of ice one mile thick cover most of Antarctica, obscuring many of its geographical features. Now a new animation by NASA offers the most detailed and accurate picture yet of what the landmass would look like if all that ice were to melt.

What Antarctica looks like without ice — the Bedmap 2 Project

A new study of the physical properties of the Antarctic landmass has revealed the most detailed map yet produced, showing a landscape of mountain ranges gorges and ravines significantly deeper than ever imagined.

Antarctic subglacial Lake Vostok yields new bacterial life form

Russian researchers studying samples from Lake Vostok, the largest subglacial lake in the Antarctica, say they have found a new microbial life form unknown to science.

Arctic on the verge of new ozone hole

New research shows that extremely cold temperatures have stripped the Arctic atmosphere of most of its protective ozone. An Arctic ozone hole could be formed for the first time and the effects could be felt as far south as New York.

Scales designed to weigh penguins in the wild

Three special sets of scales are now weighing penguins in the Antarctic without the animals having to be anywhere near humans.

Great science: Mapping the 'Ghost Mountains' of Antarctica

The numbers alone are staggering. Antarctica’s Gamburtsev mountains are 2500 metres above sea level. They’re also under hundreds of metres of ice at their shallowest points. Discovered by a Soviet team in the 50s, they’ve now been mapped.

GRACE satellites, paleo data predict sea level rise of 5 metres

A new finding that the eastern Antarctic ice sheet is losing a lot more ice than previously thought has re-ignited debate over projections for sea level rises. The ice sheet, if it disappeared, could add 5 metres to sea levels.

Scientists track Emperor penguins from space through poop

British scientists are using satellite imagery to track the emperor penguins' colonies by following their poop. Because of their natural camouflage, traditional techniques make it hard to locate and track them.

Melting of West Antarctic Ice Sheet may affect Earth's rotation

A study in the journal Science has found that the melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet would change the focus of the planet's gravitational field and sea levels would rise disproportionately around North America and the Indian Ocean.

Increasing Antarctic sea ice extent linked to the ozone hole

Increased growth in Antarctic sea ice during the past 30 years is a result of changing weather patterns caused by the ozone hole according to new research.
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Sunset over the Ross Sea
Sunset over the Ross Sea
Bellinghausen Sea off the coast of Antarctica
Bellinghausen Sea off the coast of Antarctica
NASA/Michael Studinger
These are some of the cellulose nitrate negatives found bundled together at Cape Evans in  Scott s H...
These are some of the cellulose nitrate negatives found bundled together at Cape Evans in "Scott's Hut."
courtesy of the Antarctic Heritage Trust
Sea ice around Antarctica - British Antarctic Survey
Sea ice around Antarctica - British Antarctic Survey
British Antarctic Survey Press Release
Zoologist  George Murray Levick in his quarters during the expedition.
Zoologist, George Murray Levick in his quarters during the expedition.
Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge
Scanning electron micrograph of very small and numerous bacterial cells inhabiting icy brine channel...
Scanning electron micrograph of very small and numerous bacterial cells inhabiting icy brine channels in Antarctica’s Lake Vida, which lies in the Victoria Valley, one of the northernmost of the Antarctic dry valleys.
Credit: Christian H. Fritsen, Desert Research Institute
Iceberg in Antarctic sea ice.
Iceberg in Antarctic sea ice.
Caitlin Gionfriddo, University of Melbourne
The torpedo-shaped robots (technically underwater drones) are called Seagliders  and they were devel...
The torpedo-shaped robots (technically underwater drones) are called Seagliders, and they were developed with support from the National Science Foundation. The drones will venture into ocean cavities and take readings under the ice.
University of Washington
Map of Antarctica. Ross Sea in at the bottom with the Southern Ocean to the left of the map.
Map of Antarctica. Ross Sea in at the bottom with the Southern Ocean to the left of the map.
Chief scientist for Shackelton s Ross Sea Party was Alexander Stevens  seen here on board the SY Aur...
Chief scientist for Shackelton's Ross Sea Party was Alexander Stevens, seen here on board the SY Aurora, some time between 1914 and 1917.
Courtesy of Antarctic Heritage Trust, New Zealand
The Southern Ocean and the mountains of Antartica
The Southern Ocean and the mountains of Antartica
Public Domain via Pixabay
Zack Labe
Webb Island off the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula
Webb Island off the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula
Vincent van Zeijst
The Aurora Australis in better weather conditions.
The Aurora Australis in better weather conditions.
The giant Totten Glacier
The giant Totten Glacier

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