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Influential excrement: How life in Antarctica thrives on penguin poop

Washington - For more than half a century, biologists studying Antarctica focused their research on understanding how organisms cope with the continent's severe drought and the coldest conditions on the planet.

Antarctic's giant sea spiders show resilience to warming waters

Scientists have wondered for decades why marine animals that live in the polar oceans and the deep sea can reach giant sizes there, but nowhere else. Researchers from the Universities of Hawaii and Montana decided to find out.

Melting ice sheets may cause 'climate chaos': study

Paris - Billions of tonnes of meltwater flowing into the world's oceans from the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets could boost extreme weather and destabilise regional climate within a matter of decades, researchers said Wednesday.

Huge cavity in bottom of Antarctic glacier signals rapid decay

A massive cavity that is two-thirds the size of Manhattan and nearly the height of the Chrysler Building is growing at the bottom of Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica - a discovery that NASA scientists called “disturbing.”

Remains of ancient life found beneath Antarctic ice

Scientists in Antarctica have found preserved carcasses of tiny animals in Subglacial Lake Mercer, buried under more than 3,500 feet of ice.

American adventurer completes solo trek across Antarctica

Washington - An American adventurer has become the first person to complete a solo trek across Antarctica without assistance of any kind.

Plans for world's largest ocean sanctuary in Antarctic blocked

Sydney - A plan to create the world's largest marine sanctuary in Antarctic waters was shot down when a key conservation summit failed to reach a consensus, with environmentalists on Saturday decrying a lack of scientific foresight.

Even moderate warming could melt Antarctic ice sheet: study

Paris - Moderate global temperature rises of just two degrees Celsius could still be enough to melt parts of the largest ice sheet on Earth and raise sea levels by several metres, experts warned on Wednesday.

Win for wildlife as krill fishing restricted in Antarctica

Sydney - Five major krill fishing firms Tuesday agreed to halt operations across huge swathes of the Antarctic to help protect wildlife in a move hailed as "bold and progressive" by conservationists.

Antarctic researchers mark winter solstice with icy plunge

Sydney - Scientists based in Antarctica welcomed the winter solstice by plunging into icy waters Thursday as part of a "mad tradition" heralding the return of brighter days after weeks of darkness.In temperatures of -22 degrees Celsius (-7.

Antarctica is shedding ice at an accelerating rate

The melting of Antarctica is accelerating at an alarming rate, with about 3 trillion tons of ice disappearing since 1992, an international team of ice experts said in a new study.

Sea level fears as more of giant Antarctic glacier floating than thought

Sydney - More of a giant France-sized glacier in Antarctica is floating on the ocean than previously thought, scientists said Tuesday, raising fears it could melt faster as the climate warms and have a dramatic impact on rising sea-levels.

Antarctic sea ice shrinks for second-straight year

Sydney - Sea ice cover in Antarctica has dropped to its second-lowest on record, Australian authorities said Friday, adding that it was not yet clear what was driving the reduction after several years of record-highs.

Antarctica: a laboratory for climate change

A decade ago, a thick layer of ice covered the Collins Glacier on Antarctica's King George Island.Now, the rocky landscape is visible to the naked eye, in a region that is both a victim of and a laboratory for climate change.

Scientists set off to explore new Antarctic ecosystem

London - A team of international scientists led by the British Antarctic Survey set off on Wednesday to explore a mysterious marine ecosystem that has lain hidden under an ice shelf for up to 120,000 years.

Robots en route to Antarctica to study underside of ice shelves

It has become increasingly common to see cliff-sized chunks of glacial ice falling into the Southern Ocean, suggestive of a warming climate. But scientists don't know what's going on beneath Antarctica's ice sheets., so they are preparing to find out.

Evidence points to collapse of Pine Island and Thwaites glaciers

In a remote region of Antarctica known as Pine Island Bay, the Thwaites and Pine Island glaciers sprawl across a plain over 150-miles-long, widening as they go inland to a reserve of ice two-miles-thick, about the size of Texas. They are melting fast.

260-million-year-old fossil forest discovered in Antarctica

Long ago, Antarctica was covered in forests. The ancient trees were able to withstand prolonged periods of pure sunlight or complete darkness, transitioning rapidly between the seasons. But they were victims of the world's greatest mass extinction event.

New ice crack forces Halley VI Research Station to close again

The "Halloween" crack that popped up last year around the end of October is not about to give the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) a break. BAS has been forced to abandon its Halley VI research station for a second winter due to a new crack.

Hopes dashed for giant new Antarctic marine sanctuary

Sydney - Hopes for a vast new marine sanctuary in pristine East Antarctica were dashed Saturday after a key conservation summit failed to reach agreement, with advocates urging "greater vision and ambition".

Drive for giant new marine sanctuary in Antarctica

Sydney - Australia and France kick off a fresh push Monday to create a vast marine sanctuary in pristine East Antarctica, hoping to build on the success of landmark deal secured last year at a key annual conservation summit.

Warm Antarctic caves harbour secret life: scientists

Sydney - A secret world of animals and plants -- including unknown species -- may live in warm caves under Antarctica's glaciers, scientists said Friday.

Warm Antarctic caves harbour secret life: scientists

Sydney - A secret world of animals and plants -- including unknown species -- may live in warm caves under Antarctica's glaciers, scientists said Friday.

Trillion-tonne iceberg breaks off Antarctica

Paris - A Delaware-sized iceberg, one of the largest ever seen, was set adrift after snapping from a West Antarctic ice shelf that will be closely watched for signs of collapse, scientists said Wednesday.

Trillion-tonne iceberg breaks off Antarctica: scientists

Paris - A trillion-tonne iceberg, one of the biggest on record, has snapped off the West Antarctic ice shelf, said scientists Wednesday who have monitored the growing crack for months.

Multiple icebergs ready to break off Larsen C Ice Shelf

As of Friday, July 7, the Larsen C Ice Shelf is showing very clear signs is it about to calve, according to the latest report from Project Midas scientists. Just three miles stand between the fast-growing crack and the open water.

Antarctic researchers take icy plunge to mark solstice

Sydney - Antarctic researchers welcomed the winter solstice with an exhilarating plunge into icy waters Wednesday as they look forward to brighter days after weeks of darkness.

House flies invade warmer Antarctica threatening native species

Scientists say that increasing number of houseflies that arrive in Antarctica on ships are surviving as the continent warms up. Their growing population can introduce deadly pathogens that could have a harmful effect on indigenous lifeforms.

Widespread melting of West Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf documented

Large-scale melting of snow and ice on Antarctica's massive Ross Ice Shelf, brought on by an unusually warm stretch of weather in the austral summer of 2015-2016, has been documented for the very first time, according to a new study.

Towing an iceberg to the U.A.E. for fresh water met with ridicule

Abu Dhabi - While the idea of towing a massive iceberg from Antarctica to supply drinking water to millions of people in the United Arab Emirates may sound ludicrous, it is in the planning stages. But, does this "stopgap measure" actually address the real problem?
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Large sea spider (Collossendeidae) seen at 1 495 meters in Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Mo...
Large sea spider (Collossendeidae) seen at 1,495 meters in Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument in July 2017.
NOAA Ocean Exploration & Research, Sea Spider
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A satellite photo of Antarctica  a place of scientific interest and exploratory endeavor.
A satellite photo of Antarctica, a place of scientific interest and exploratory endeavor.
Dave Pape
A still from the video footage of krill mating.
A still from the video footage of krill mating.
Used with permission of the Australian Antarctic Division.
Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield playing at Metallica show in England.
Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield playing at Metallica show in England.
Kreepin Deth
A small sastrugi on the surface of the Antarctic Plateau  with SnoCat vehicle in the distance.
A small sastrugi on the surface of the Antarctic Plateau, with SnoCat vehicle in the distance.
Stephen Bannister
A break in the Ross ice shelf.
A break in the Ross ice shelf.
Columbia University
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.
NOAA
The southernmost known moss bank in the world! At Lazarev Bay  Alexander Island  Antarctic Peninsula...
The southernmost known moss bank in the world! At Lazarev Bay, Alexander Island, Antarctic Peninsula.
University of Exeter
An Adélie penguin in Antarctica. Photo by OCEANITES/RON NAVEEN
An Adélie penguin in Antarctica. Photo by OCEANITES/RON NAVEEN
Oceanites
Location of the cracks on December 8  2016.
Location of the cracks on December 8, 2016.
British Antarctic Survey
Regions iof Antarctica where penguin counts were done. The Antarctic Peninsula is on the upper left ...
Regions iof Antarctica where penguin counts were done. The Antarctic Peninsula is on the upper left of the map.
Oceanites
A colony of 9000 emperor penguins in Antarctica
A colony of 9000 emperor penguins in Antarctica
NASA/British Antarctic Survey
From white to green: plant life is booming in Antarctica as the climate warms.
From white to green: plant life is booming in Antarctica as the climate warms.
University of Exeter/Matt Amesbury
Satellite composite image of the Antarctica
Satellite composite image of the Antarctica
Dave Pape
The notebook of Zoologist  George Murray Levick  which Lizzie Meek and her team rescued from the ice...
The notebook of Zoologist, George Murray Levick, which Lizzie Meek and her team rescued from the ice.
Courtesy of Antarctic Heritage Trust New Zealand
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World Climate Report
Tourism in Antarctica has steadily increased over the years  to an estimated 35 000 people in 2013.
Tourism in Antarctica has steadily increased over the years, to an estimated 35,000 people in 2013.
Christopher Michel
A team of scientists  led by British Antarctic Survey  heads to Antarctica this week to investigate ...
A team of scientists, led by British Antarctic Survey, heads to Antarctica this week to investigate a mysterious marine ecosystem that’s been hidden beneath an Antarctic ice shelf for up to 120,000 years.
BAS/Ali Rose
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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