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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.

Op-Ed: Military wants to fight global warming

Denver - The U.S. and Russian navies are planning arctic war games, and once again the greens have their knickers in a knot. The two navies probably will have more luck than Dwayne Johnson in “San Andreas,” because the ice is melting.

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.

Dutch adventurer reaches South Pole on tractor

Cape Town - Dutch actress and adventurer Manon "Tractor Girl" Ossevoort arrived at the South Pole Tuesday after driving a tractor from Europe through Africa and across the frozen wastes of 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.

World's ice caps melting at accelerated rate

German researchers have been able to map the heights of the Greenland and Antarctic ice caps with far greater precision than ever before. Observations and data show the ice caps are melting much faster than previously thought.

Microbes discovered 800 meters deep in Antarctica lake

Samples taken from an Antarctic lake 800 meters below the ice reveal an abundance of microbial life. The lake was the vast and mysterious Lake Whillans.

Emperor penguin numbers in decline

Emperor penguin populations could lose nearly one-fifth of their members by the end of the century as a result of climate change.

Japanese researchers consider founding new Antarctic base

Japan is debating whether to add a new research base to their scientific studies. This one may give us insights about the nature of the world around 1 million years ago.

Human activity encroaching on Antarctica's ecosystems

Antarctica is the world's last great wilderness, a continent covering 5.4 million square miles, or about twice the size of Australia, Antarctica belongs to no one nation, and there is no government, other than an international agreement.

Southern Ocean winds strongest in 1,000 years

Using data from Antarctic ice cores and other sources, a study published in the Nature Climate Change journal says that winds in the Southern Ocean are the strongest they have been in 1,000 years.

Antarctic Treaty signatories make marine protection progress

Bras - Antarctic Treaty signatories made progress towards future protection of the icy continent's marine life, NGO officials said.

Iceberg six times the size of Manhattan breaks off Antarctica

One of the largest icebergs in existence – an ice island, really – roughly six times the size of Manhattan broke off from an Antarctic glacier and is currently heading into open waters.

Antarctic still holds fascination of treasures at Cape Evans Special

Christchurch - This past December scientists and historians were pleased to discover old photograph-negatives from the famous expedition of Ernest Shackelton's Ross Sea Party more than a century ago.

The Antarctic's upside-down anemones puzzle scientists

The colorful sea anemone is named for the terrestrial flower of the same name. An invertebrate, they are a close relative of coral and jellyfish. More than 1,000 species are found throughout the world's oceans, though mainly in tropical waters.

Relief as harsh Antarctic rescue mission ends safely

Sydney - Australian authorities expressed relief Friday after 52 passengers were safely rescued by helicopter from a Russian ship stranded in Antarctic ice, saying the dramatic mission had been difficult and complex.

Scientists rescued by icebound ship in Antarctic

Sydney - If it had been in 3D, it might have seemed like a replay of the movie “Gravity.” The U.S., Russia and China were all involved in the rescue of scientists from the Antarctic.

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.

Metallica brings heavy metal concert to sub-zero Antarctica

Metallica, one of the most recognizable metal bands in the world, offered an unusual concert in Antarctica. About a hundred fans heard the group through headphones to avoid environmental impact disrupting the peaceful life of Antarctic fauna.

Sea ice extent at both poles has scientists shaking their heads

The earth's sea and ice cover is not a static thing, but changes continually. This year is a good example, with Antarctic sea ice extent setting a growth record, while the Arctic sea ice did better than 2012's record low sea ice extent.
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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
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
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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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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Among the most striking of images found is that of Alexander Stevens  who served as the Shackelton E...
Among the most striking of images found is that of Alexander Stevens, who served as the Shackelton Expedition's chief scientist. Here he is pictured on board the SY Aurora some time between 1914 and 1917. Stevens was part of the Ross Sea Party that spent time living in Scott's Hut at Cape Evans.
courtesy of Antarctic Heritage Trust, New Zealand
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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
Bellinghausen Sea off the coast of Antarctica
Bellinghausen Sea off the coast of Antarctica
NASA/Michael Studinger
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
Michael Studinger/NASA
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 colony of 9000 emperor penguins in Antarctica
A colony of 9000 emperor penguins in Antarctica
NASA/British Antarctic Survey
NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that 2014 was the hottest year...
NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that 2014 was the hottest year since record-keeping began in 1880. — At the Arctic and Antarctic massive ice shelves are disintegrating and breaking away.
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Brazilian antarctic base  Comandante Ferraz   located at King George Island
Brazilian antarctic base "Comandante Ferraz", located at King George Island
Agencia Brasil
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.
Base camp for the Lake Ellsworth exploration project.
Base camp for the Lake Ellsworth exploration project.
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The nature of Antarctica is in its diversity
The nature of Antarctica is in its diversity
Georges Nijs from Diepenbeek, Belgium
Sheldon Glacier  Antarctica with Mount Barre in background  from Ryder Bay near Rothera Research Sta...
Sheldon Glacier, Antarctica with Mount Barre in background, from Ryder Bay near Rothera Research Station, Adelaide Island. A new study examines why Antarctic sea ice cover has increased under the effects of climate change over the past two decades.
NASA/JPL
ANDRILL team sets up at McMurdo Station.
ANDRILL team sets up at McMurdo Station.
ANtarctic geological DRILLing
The only penguin species that breeds during the Antarctic winter  emperor penguins trek 50–120 km ...
The only penguin species that breeds during the Antarctic winter, emperor penguins trek 50–120 km (31–75 mi) over the ice to breeding colonies which may include thousands of individuals.
Michael Van Woert, NOAA NESDIS, ORA
Sea Anemones look as plants  but they are animals and they are predators.
Sea Anemones look as plants, but they are animals and they are predators.
Brocken Inaglory