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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.

Deal struck for world's biggest marine reserve in Antarctica

Sydney - The world's largest marine reserve aimed at protecting the pristine wilderness of Antarctica will be created after a "momentous" agreement was finally reached Friday, with Russia dropping its long-held opposition.

Deal struck for world's biggest marine reserve in Antarctica

Sydney - The world's largest marine reserve aimed at protecting the pristine wilderness of Antarctica will be created after a "momentous" agreement was finally reached Friday, with Russia dropping its long-held opposition.

Deal struck for world's biggest marine reserve in Antarctica

Sydney - The world's largest marine reserve aimed at protecting the pristine wilderness of Antarctica will be created after a "momentous" agreement was finally reached Friday, with Russia dropping its long-held opposition.

Russia holds key to Antarctic marine sanctuaries

Sydney - Talks opened in Australia on Monday to create two vast marine sanctuaries aimed at protecting the pristine wilderness of Antarctica with Russia and China key to whether they succeed.

Russia holds key to Antarctic marine sanctuaries

Sydney - Talks opened in Australia on Monday to create two vast marine sanctuaries aimed at protecting the pristine wilderness of Antarctica with Russia and China key to whether they succeed.

Russia holds key to Antarctic marine sanctuaries

Sydney - Talks opened in Australia on Monday to create two vast marine sanctuaries aimed at protecting the pristine wilderness of Antarctica with Russia and China key to whether they succeed.
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Crevasses are seen in the Thwaites glacier on October 16  2012.
Crevasses are seen in the Thwaites glacier on October 16, 2012.
NASA/JAMES YUNGEL, NASA
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Adrian Luckman, Martin O'Leary /Project Midas
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
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
Gamburtsevs Mountain Range in East Antarctica
Gamburtsevs Mountain Range in East Antarctica
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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
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
Robert Falcon Scott s Pole party of his ill-fated expedition  from left to right at the Pole: Oates ...
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.
Henry Bowers (1883–1912)
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.
Halley Research station in Antarctica experiences 24 hour darkness during the austral winter.
Halley Research station in Antarctica experiences 24 hour darkness during the austral winter.
British Antarctic Survey
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
British Antarctic Survey
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
Latest imagery on May 31  2017.
Latest imagery on May 31, 2017.
Adrian Luckman, Martin O'Leary /Project Midas
Bird’s eye view of the Amundsen sea embayment (ASE)  where major glaciers of the West Antarctic ic...
Bird’s eye view of the Amundsen sea embayment (ASE), where major glaciers of the West Antarctic ice sheet empty into the ocean. Pope, Smith, and Kohler glaciers were the focus of this study.
NASA
Remnants of the forest have been fossilized.
Remnants of the forest have been fossilized.
Erik Gulbranson, UWM
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.
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
Sea ice around Antarctica - British Antarctic Survey
Sea ice around Antarctica - British Antarctic Survey
British Antarctic Survey Press Release
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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