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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?

Crack in Larsen C Ice Shelf grows 11 miles in six days

In the largest growth rate to date, the crack in the Larsen C Ice Shelf grew an astounding 17 kilometers (11 miles) between May 25 and May 31, 2017, leaving only 13 kilometers (eight miles) left before it breaks off.

Giant iceberg poised to snap off from Antarctica: scientists

Paris - An expanse of ice roughly the size of Delaware is close to breaking off from the warming Antarctic ice shelf to form one of the world's largest-ever icebergs, scientists said Thursday.

Antarctica not only getting warmer, it's also getting greener

Our perception of Antarctica is beginning to change, especially as the climate continues to warm. The Antarctica we have always seen as a snowy, frigid, and inhospitable place is being transformed dramatically.

New scrutiny of polar regions as world braces for climate shifts: UN

Geneva - Scientists will intensify scrutiny of the polar regions as part of an international campaign to improve global weather predictions and minimise risks linked to rapid climate change, the UN said Monday.

More Antarctic protections urged on World Penguin Day

Sydney - The world needs to do more to protect the Antarctic wilderness and its wildlife, scientists warned Tuesday, as they marked World Penguin Day.

Two new studies: Surface of Antarctica 'swimming in meltwater'

For the first time ever, the network of streams, ponds, and lakes across Antarctica's surface have been mapped, and the extent of the water flow is astounding and worrying to scientists.

Satellite images shows Larsen C ice shelf crack spreading rapidly

The latest images from NASA's Terra Satellite shows the crack in the Larsen C ice shelf is spreading rapidly, raising the possibility that an iceberg may soon be calved.

UN reports Antarctica's highest temperatures on record

Paris - The UN's World Meteorological Organization published the highest temperatures on record in three Antarctic zones Wednesday, setting a benchmark for studying how climate change is affecting this crucial region.

Manhattan-sized iceberg shears off Antarctica glacier

An iceberg the size of Manhattan has sheared off the rapidly melting Pine Island glacier on the West coast of Antarctica, and from the looks of things, there will be more to come says NASA.

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.
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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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Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield playing at Metallica show in England.
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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.
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On the left is the Antarctic hairgrass and on the right is a plant species from the order Caryophyll...
On the left is the Antarctic hairgrass and on the right is a plant species from the order Caryophyllales
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Brazilian antarctic base  Comandante Ferraz   located at King George Island
Brazilian antarctic base "Comandante Ferraz", located at King George Island
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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.
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Robert Falcon Scott's Pole party of his ill-fated expedition, from left to right at the Pole: Oates (standing), Bowers (sitting), Scott (standing in front of Union Jack flag on pole), Wilson (sitting), Evans (standing). Bowers took this photograph, using a piece of string to operate the camera shutter.
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Ross Sea, Antarctica: Emperor penguins
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Robert Swan on previous Antarctica expedition.
Robert Swan on previous Antarctica expedition.
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Halley VI research station will be relocating to a safer site on the Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica.
Halley VI research station will be relocating to a safer site on the Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica.
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The winter aurora over Halley VI is spectacular. 
Film by Sam Burrel  British Antarctic Survey
The winter aurora over Halley VI is spectacular. Film by Sam Burrel, British Antarctic Survey
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Latest imagery on May 31  2017.
Latest imagery on May 31, 2017.
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Whirlwind Inlet, Larsen C, Antarctica timelapse - MIDAS fieldwork. May 11, 2015.
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Iceberg and land near Ross Island  Antarctic region.
Iceberg and land near Ross Island, Antarctic region.
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ANDRILL team sets up at McMurdo Station.
ANDRILL team sets up at McMurdo Station.
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Sea Anemones look as plants, but they are animals and they are predators.
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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.
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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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An Adélie penguin in Antarctica. Photo by OCEANITES/RON NAVEEN
An Adélie penguin in Antarctica. Photo by OCEANITES/RON NAVEEN
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