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Antarctica News

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Walter McDaniel

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.
In the Media by Karen Graham - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Sravanth Verma - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by Nora Meszaros

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.
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Karen Graham - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by Robert Weller - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Kev Hedges

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.
In the Media by Igor I. Solar - 7 comments

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.
In the Media by Karen Graham - 14 comments

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.
In the Media by John Simon Ritchie - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Igor I. Solar - 3 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

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.
In the Media by Jordan Howell - 4 comments

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.
In the Media by Amanda Payne - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 4 comments

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.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Robert Myles - 8 comments

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.
In the Media by Darren Weir

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.
In the Media by Nancy Houser - 3 comments

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.
In the Media by Ajit Jha - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Anne Sewell

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.
In the Media by Nancy Houser - 2 comments

Scientists solve mystery of Earth's 'ghost mountains'

Buried deep beneath the Antarctic ice lies a mountain range similar in size to the European Alps. It was widely assumed the Gamburtsevs mountain range, discovered in the late 1950s, was just flat landscape entombed beneath glacial ice.
In the Media by Kev Hedges - 2 comments

New York-sized iceberg forms in Pine Island glacier in Antarctica

A glacier the size of New York or Berlin has recently split off in the Antarctic continent creating a split 800-feet wide. The glacial split in Pine Island runs for almost 20 miles (32km), is 60m (200ft) deep and is growing every day.
In the Media by Kev Hedges - 1 comment
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The MV Akademik Shokalskiy is pictured stranded in ice in Antarctica  with 74 people onboard. Decemb...
With permission by Reuters / Andrew Peacock
The MV Akademik Shokalskiy is pictured stranded in ice in Antarctica, with 74 people onboard. December 29, 2013
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Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield playing at Metallica show in England.
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Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield playing at Metallica show in England.
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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.
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Sea ice around Antarctica - British Antarctic Survey
British Antarctic Survey Press Release
Sea ice around Antarctica - British Antarctic Survey
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Scattered ice floes are seen from the bridge of the USCGC Healy on August 20  2012 northwest of Barr...
NSIDC/US Coastguard
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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The dumping of waste (even old vehicles)  such as here at the Russian Bellingshausen Station in 1992...
Loranchet
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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A researcher uses heavy duty cutting equipment to take samples from boulders left behind at the Pine...
Florian Wobbe, British Antarctic Survey
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
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Antarctic hair grass at Petermann Island/ Antarctica.
Photo taken: 01/19/2010
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Antarctic hair grass at Petermann Island/ Antarctica. Photo taken: 01/19/2010
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ANDRILL team sets up at McMurdo Station.
ANtarctic geological DRILLing
ANDRILL team sets up at McMurdo Station.
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A photo from the window of NASA s DC-8 shows the rift across the Pine Island Glacier ice shelf runni...
Michael Studinger/NASA
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
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A still from the video footage of krill mating.
Used with permission of the Australian Antarctic Division.
A still from the video footage of krill mating.
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Sheldon Glacier  Antarctica with Mount Barre in background  from Ryder Bay near Rothera Research Sta...
NASA/JPL
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.
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Crevasses are seen in the Thwaites glacier on October 16  2012.
NASA/JAMES YUNGEL, NASA
Crevasses are seen in the Thwaites glacier on October 16, 2012.
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World Climate Report
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Icebergs that appear to have broken off Thwaites glacier spread across Pine Island Bay.
NASA
Icebergs that appear to have broken off Thwaites glacier spread across Pine Island Bay.
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Tourism in Antarctica has steadily increased over the years  to an estimated 35 000 people in 2013.
Christopher Michel
Tourism in Antarctica has steadily increased over the years, to an estimated 35,000 people in 2013.
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Iceberg and land near Ross Island  Antarctic region.
courtesy of Antarctic Heritage Trust
Iceberg and land near Ross Island, Antarctic region.
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A small sastrugi on the surface of the Antarctic Plateau  with SnoCat vehicle in the distance.
Stephen Bannister
A small sastrugi on the surface of the Antarctic Plateau, with SnoCat vehicle in the distance.
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Pine Island Glacier (PIG) ice shelf is the floating extension of the Pine Island Glacier  one of the...
NASA Images
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.
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