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Antarctica News

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.

Metallica books gig in Antarctica

The heavy metal legends of Metallica have announced what could arguably be their most badass concert to date — a live gig in Antarctica.

Preview: Chile documentary shows the wildlife of a long country

A team of adventurous filmmakers has made a documentary that shows the opportunities to see wildlife along Chile, from the arid regions of the Atacama Desert to the Patagonia and Antarctica, and from the high Andes to the Pacific Ocean.

Global warming now extends to Antarctica

Each of the Earth’s continents has experienced a rise in temperature with the exception, it was previously thought, the Antarctic. However new data suggests that southern region is also subject to global warming.

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.

How Emperor penguins survive the cold

Emperor penguins are the largest of all the varieties of penguins averaging a height of 115 centimetres. They also live in the coldest place on earth, Antarctica. Now scientists have discovered how they manage to survive the cold.

Researchers make contact with colony of 9000 emperor penguins

Scientists with the British Antarctic Survey have located what they believe to be one of the largest colonies of emperor penguins ever discovered.

Drilling hitch scuppers Antarctica's Lake Ellsworth scientists

Early on Christmas Day it was announced that a British expedition to investigate Lake Ellsworth, a sub-glacial lake over two miles below the surface of Antarctica, had to be called off.

Lost world of Antarctica's Lake Ellsworth to be explored

The "lost world" of Lake Ellsworth is a subglacial lake which lies 3.4 km (2.1 miles) under a solid mass of glacial ice in the western part of Antarctica.

Ancient Antarctic microbes suggest life but not as we know it

In a study released last week, scientists attached to Nevada’s Desert Research Institute (DRI) revealed the existence of bacteria in one of Earth’s most alien habitats, 20 metres below a frozen lake in Antarctica.

NASA: Antarctic sea ice grows – but the climate’s still changing

A NASA study has reported a rise in Antarctic sea ice. For cherry picking climate change deniers, it may be a neat counterweight to Arctic ice melt but, as the NASA study shows, Antarctic ice expansion is another worrying trend in global climate change.

Rescue mission in Antarctica a success thanks to good weather

The medical rescue of an American working in Antarctica is being hailed a success after good weather allowed a plane to land on an ice runway at McMurdo Station.

Antarctica drillers discover 52 million-year-old rainforest

When drilling under the Antarctic seabed, researchers discovered deposits from a 52 million-year-old rainforest. Scientists are warning Antarctica will soon be ice-free within decades.

Op-Ed: Antarctica faces major threats

The best way to love humanity is to gift them a better tomorrow. This is precisely what we are not doing. We continue to pollute our environment in ways worse than our predecessors ever did.

Wrecked Brazilian ship spilling oil in Antarctica

The "Endless Sea" is trapped in the ice and is spilling fuel. There is no hope of containing damage until October this year, due to the long South Pole winter.

Rare white penguin spotted in Antarctica

White penguins are rare, and spotting a leucistic Chinstrap penguin is a once-in-a-lifetime event. The nearly-white penguin chick was photographed Monday by David Stephens, a naturalist on the National Geographic Journey to Antarctica expedition.
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Base camp for the Lake Ellsworth exploration project.
Base camp for the Lake Ellsworth exploration project.
Ellsworth Live
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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
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A colony of 9000 emperor penguins in Antarctica
A colony of 9000 emperor penguins in Antarctica
NASA/British Antarctic Survey
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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
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Sea ice around Antarctica - British Antarctic Survey
Sea ice around Antarctica - British Antarctic Survey
British Antarctic Survey Press Release
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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
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World Climate Report
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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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Ross Sea  Antarctica: Emperor penguins
Ross Sea, Antarctica: Emperor penguins
Paul Nicklen
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Scattered ice floes are seen from the bridge of the USCGC Healy on August 20  2012 northwest of Barr...
Scattered ice floes are seen from the bridge of the USCGC Healy on August 20, 2012 northwest of Barrow, Alaska. Arctic sea ice fell to its lowest daily extent in the satellite record on Sunday, August 26, 2012, a record since surpassed.
NSIDC/US Coastguard
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ANDRILL team sets up at McMurdo Station.
ANDRILL team sets up at McMurdo Station.
ANtarctic geological DRILLing
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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.
NASA Images
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Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield playing at Metallica show in England.
Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield playing at Metallica show in England.
Kreepin Deth
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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
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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
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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.
Vincent van Zeijst
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Iceberg and land near Ross Island  Antarctic region.
Iceberg and land near Ross Island, Antarctic region.
courtesy of Antarctic Heritage Trust
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Ross Sea  Antarctica: Penguins charging upwards
Ross Sea, Antarctica: Penguins charging upwards
Paul Nicklen
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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.
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