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Doubt over future of Antarctic ocean sanctuary plans

Sydney - A push by Australia and France to create a massive ocean sanctuary in east Antarctica is in doubt as nations meet in Hobart to discuss the plans, with China and Russia opposing.

Massive iceberg breaks off Antarctica — but it's normal

Washington - A more than 600-square-mile iceberg broke off Antarctica in recent days, but the event is part of a normal cycle and is not related to climate change, scientists say.

Sudden warming over Antarctica to prolong Australia drought

Sydney - A rare phenomenon causing "the strongest Antarctic warming on record" is set to deliver more pain to dought-stricken Australia, scientists said Friday.

Antarctic glacial melt may cause irreversible sea level rise

A NASA-funded study has found that Antarctica faces a tipping point where glacial melting will accelerate and become irreversible even if global heating eases.

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.
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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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Tourists explore the  living museum  at the restored Antarctic base at Port Lockroy. Re-opened in 19...
Tourists explore the 'living museum' at the restored Antarctic base at Port Lockroy. Re-opened in 1996, the site is now the most visited on the Antarctic Peninsula.
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
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Location of the cracks on December 8  2016.
Location of the cracks on December 8, 2016.
British Antarctic Survey
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.
Graphic showing changes to the Brunt Ice Shelf and the location of Halley VI Research Station as of ...
Graphic showing changes to the Brunt Ice Shelf and the location of Halley VI Research Station as of October 31, 2017.
British Antarctic Survey
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
Ice shelves like the West Antarctic Ice Sheet play a critical role in maintaining ocean levels  acti...
Ice shelves like the West Antarctic Ice Sheet play a critical role in maintaining ocean levels, acting as retaining walls to keep inland glaciers from escaping into the sea.
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Antarctica is losing ice at an accelerated rate.
Antarctica is losing ice at an accelerated rate.
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Antarctic hair grass at Petermann Island/ Antarctica.
Photo taken: 01/19/2010
Antarctic hair grass at Petermann Island/ Antarctica. Photo taken: 01/19/2010
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The MV Akademik Shokalskiy is pictured stranded in ice in Antarctica  with 74 people onboard. Decemb...
The MV Akademik Shokalskiy is pictured stranded in ice in Antarctica, with 74 people onboard. December 29, 2013
With permission by Reuters / Andrew Peacock
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.
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McMurdo Station on Ross Island  Antarctica  taken from Observation Hill in November 2006.
McMurdo Station on Ross Island, Antarctica, taken from Observation Hill in November 2006.
Gaelen Marsden
Brazilian antarctic base  Comandante Ferraz   located at King George Island
Brazilian antarctic base "Comandante Ferraz", located at King George Island
Agencia Brasil
A researcher uses heavy duty cutting equipment to take samples from boulders left behind at the Pine...
A researcher uses heavy duty cutting equipment to take samples from boulders left behind at the Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica from the last time it underwent rapid retreat and thinning 8000 years ago
Florian Wobbe, British Antarctic Survey
Antarctica s glaciers carry ice from the interior of the continent to the ocean. This NASA illustrat...
Antarctica's glaciers carry ice from the interior of the continent to the ocean. This NASA illustration shows where the ice is moving fastest; areas in red have the fastest flow, followed by those in pink and purple.
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
One of the modules being towed to the current Halley Research Station location.
One of the modules being towed to the current Halley Research Station location.
British Antarctic Survey
Collecting prized moss core in 2013. The study has taken a number of years in order to get accurate ...
Collecting prized moss core in 2013. The study has taken a number of years in order to get accurate data.
University of Exeter
The giant Totten Glacier
The giant Totten Glacier
John SAEKI, AFP
Latest imagery on May 31  2017.
Latest imagery on May 31, 2017.
Adrian Luckman, Martin O'Leary /Project Midas

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