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Climate change shows in shrinking Antarctic snows

Vast icy rock peaks tower above Argentina's Carlini research base in Antarctica. But scientists who have worked there for decades say the glaciers are less icy than they once were.

Robot gives rare glimpse under Antarctic sea ice

Sydney - An underwater robot has captured a rare glimpse beneath the Antarctic sea ice, revealing a colourful world filled with coconut-shaped sponges, dandelion-like worms, pink algae and spidery starfish.

Deal struck for world's biggest marine reserve in Antarctica

Sydney - The world's largest marine reserve aimed at protecting the pristine wilderness of Antarctica will be created after a "momentous" agreement was finally reached Friday, with Russia dropping its long-held opposition.

Deal struck for world's biggest marine reserve in Antarctica

Sydney - The world's largest marine reserve aimed at protecting the pristine wilderness of Antarctica will be created after a "momentous" agreement was finally reached Friday, with Russia dropping its long-held opposition.

Deal struck for world's biggest marine reserve in Antarctica

Sydney - The world's largest marine reserve aimed at protecting the pristine wilderness of Antarctica will be created after a "momentous" agreement was finally reached Friday, with Russia dropping its long-held opposition.

Russia holds key to Antarctic marine sanctuaries

Sydney - Talks opened in Australia on Monday to create two vast marine sanctuaries aimed at protecting the pristine wilderness of Antarctica with Russia and China key to whether they succeed.

Russia holds key to Antarctic marine sanctuaries

Sydney - Talks opened in Australia on Monday to create two vast marine sanctuaries aimed at protecting the pristine wilderness of Antarctica with Russia and China key to whether they succeed.

Russia holds key to Antarctic marine sanctuaries

Sydney - Talks opened in Australia on Monday to create two vast marine sanctuaries aimed at protecting the pristine wilderness of Antarctica with Russia and China key to whether they succeed.

Reprieve for Australian sub-Antarctic island station

Sydney - Australia's permanent sub-Antarctic research base at World Heritage-listed Macquarie Island has won a reprieve from closure and will instead get a multi-million dollar revamp, the government said Friday, in a boost for science.

Reprieve for Australian sub-Antarctic island station

Sydney - Australia's permanent sub-Antarctic research base at World Heritage-listed Macquarie Island has won a reprieve from closure and will instead get a multi-million dollar revamp, the government said Friday, in a boost for science.

Reprieve for Australian sub-Antarctic island station

Sydney - Australia's permanent sub-Antarctic research base at World Heritage-listed Macquarie Island has won a reprieve from closure and will instead get a multi-million dollar revamp, the government said Friday, in a boost for science.

Massive crack in Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf is widening

Scientists have been monitoring a massive crack in one of Antarctica's largest ice shelves for some time. In the last five months alone, the fracture has grown an extra 22 kilometers, and it's only a matter of time before it breaks free.

Sick workers evacuated in daring South Pole rescue

Washington - Two sick workers evacuated from a remote US research station near the South Pole have reached Chile after a risky rescue mission carried out in the dead of Antarctica's winter, US officials said.

Viral video shows 'massive' sea creature in Antarctica, or is it?

An eagle-eyed Google Earth enthusiast browsing the South Pole discovered something in the water close to Deception Island, and being curious, zoomed in. Was it a sea monster? Perhaps a Kraken? Nope, it was neither.

NASA scientists: Climate change is moving the North Pole

Beginning around the year 2000, the North Pole abruptly changed its direction and started drifting east, and its all thanks to us, scientists have discovered. The geographic North Pole is located smack in the middle of the Arctic Ocean.

Antarctica: International relations in a cold climate

Puerto Williams - Winter is coming, and like many scientists posted in Antarctica, Bogdan Gavrylyuk is looking forward to going home.

Antarctica alone may lift seas a meter by 2100: Study

Paris - Melting ice from Antarctica could raise oceans by a metre before 2100 at current rates of greenhouse gas emissions, doubling previous forecasts for sea level rise, according to a study released Wednesday.

150,000 Antarctica penguins die after iceberg grounding: Study

Sydney - Some 150,000 penguins died after a massive iceberg grounded near their colony in Antarctica, forcing them to make a lengthy trek to find food, scientists say in a newly-published study.The B09B iceberg, measuring some 100 square kilometres (38.

Canadian pilot dies after falling into Antarctic crevasse

Sydney - A Canadian helicopter pilot has died after plunging 20 metres (66 feet) down a crevasse when he landed on a remote ice shelf in Antarctica, Australian officials said Tuesday.

Chile eyes construction of permanent Antarctica pier

Santiago - Chile is carrying out a feasibility study for the construction of a permanent pier at one of its bases in Antarctica, an official was quoted as saying Friday.

Fishing main hurdle to Antarctic marine reserves: Australia

Sydney - Access to fishing was the main stumbling block to agreement on two vast marine reserves in Antarctica, the head of the Australian delegation to international talks said Saturday.

Antarctica ozone hole reaches record size

Melbourne - Australians may have to use more sunblock this spring, as the hole in the ozone layer is at near-record levels since scientists began monitoring it in the late 1980s.

Deal on Antarctic marine sanctuaries fails

Sydney - International efforts to create two vast marine sanctuaries to protect the pristine wilderness of Antarctica failed Friday for the fifth time, but delegates said China's support for one reserve and Russia's commitment to further talks gave them hope.

Antarctic ice shelf could be gone in just a few years, says NASA

A NASA study has found that one of the major remaining ice shelves on Antarctica is melting much faster than previous suggestions. It could be completely gone in just a few years, fuelling sea level rise and making Antarctica a little smaller.

Breakup fears for massive Antarctic ice shelf: Study

Paris - The largest ice shelf in the Antarctic peninsula is being thinned by warmer seas and air and could catastrophically break up, scientists said on Wednesday.

Sea Shepherd in dramatic rescue of Antarctic 'poaching' ship crew

Sydney - Environmental activist group Sea Shepherd said it rescued 40 crew members from a sinking "poaching" ship it was pursuing for months for allegedly illegally fishing in the Southern Ocean, but described the ship's sinking as suspicious.

Australian icebreaker rescues ailing Antarctic base worker

Sydney - A seriously ill worker has been evacuated by helicopter from Australia's Antarctic station to an icebreaker ship in a dramatic round-the-clock rescue.

Antarctica's ice melt could redraw map of world's coastlines

NASA satellite studies show that in the past decade Antarctic ice melt has been adding about 118 billion metric tons per year to the oceans. This has raised concerns about a drastic reshaping of the world's major coastlines with heavy human population.

Oceans are warming so rapidly they are breaking scientific charts

Earlier this month the NOAA and NASA announced that 2014 was the hottest year ever recorded, shattering the previous records in 2005 and 2010. Now comes the news that global warming is heating the world's oceans at an unprecedented pace.

Sea Shepherd in epic chase of Antarctic 'poaching' ship

Sydney - Environmental activist group Sea Shepherd said Friday it has been chasing a "poaching" ship for three weeks amid heavy ice flows in an attempt to stop the crew from illegal fishing in the Southern Ocean.
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The dumping of waste (even old vehicles)  such as here at the Russian Bellingshausen Station in 1992...
The dumping of waste (even old vehicles), such as here at the Russian Bellingshausen Station in 1992, is prohibited since the entry into force of the Protocol on Environmental Protection in 1998.
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Construction of a new Amundsen-Scott research station  adjacent to the Dome  began in 1999. The new ...
Construction of a new Amundsen-Scott research station, adjacent to the Dome, began in 1999. The new station was constructed in sections with Science, Medical, Administration, Communications, Multipurpose Room, and additional living quarters.
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ANDRILL team sets up at McMurdo Station.
ANDRILL team sets up at McMurdo Station.
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SeaBED deployment from the RRS James Clark Ross under the midnight sun
SeaBED deployment from the RRS James Clark Ross under the midnight sun
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These are some of the cellulose nitrate negatives found bundled together at Cape Evans in "Scott's Hut."
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This topography map was created by the British Antarctic Survey and incorporates millions of new mea...
This topography map was created by the British Antarctic Survey and incorporates millions of new measurements, including substantial data sets from NASA's ICESat satellite and Operation IceBridge
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A still from the video footage of krill mating.
A still from the video footage of krill mating.
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Aerial view of the GAUSS in the ice during the German Antarctic Expedition of 1901-1903 under the le...
Aerial view of the GAUSS in the ice during the German Antarctic Expedition of 1901-1903 under the leadership of Erich von Drygalski. This picture was obtained from a balloon and is one of the first aerial photographs of the Antarctic environment.
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Pine Island Glacier (PIG) ice shelf is the floating extension of the Pine Island Glacier  one of the...
Pine Island Glacier (PIG) ice shelf is the floating extension of the Pine Island Glacier, one of the two largest outlet glaciers (Thwaites Glacier is the other) draining the West Antarctic ice sheet.
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A photo from the window of NASA s DC-8 shows the rift across the Pine Island Glacier ice shelf runni...
A photo from the window of NASA's DC-8 shows the rift across the Pine Island Glacier ice shelf running off toward the horizon. The plane flew across the crevasse on Oct. 26, 2011 as part of NASA's Operation IceBridge, and also flew directly over the rift for about 18 miles, taking detailed measurements of its depth, width and shape. The ice shelf hasn't calved a major iceberg since 2001, and IceBridge took advantage of the opportunity afforded by spotting the crack to fly over it and measure its
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A colony of 9000 emperor penguins in Antarctica
A colony of 9000 emperor penguins in Antarctica
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Antarctica s major ice shelf areas.
Antarctica's major ice shelf areas.
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Crevasses are seen in the Thwaites glacier on October 16  2012.
Crevasses are seen in the Thwaites glacier on October 16, 2012.
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Base camp for the Lake Ellsworth exploration project.
Base camp for the Lake Ellsworth exploration project.
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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
Brazilian antarctic base  Comandante Ferraz   located at King George Island
Brazilian antarctic base "Comandante Ferraz", located at King George Island
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Bellinghausen Sea off the coast of Antarctica
Bellinghausen Sea off the coast of Antarctica
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Halley Research station in Antarctica experiences 24 hour darkness during the austral winter.
Halley Research station in Antarctica experiences 24 hour darkness during the austral winter.
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A small picture of the beautiful Webb Island in Antarctica. Scientists caution that tourism could da...
A small picture of the beautiful Webb Island in Antarctica. Scientists caution that tourism could damage many of these beautiful areas.
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