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Essential Science: Severe warming recorded at the South Pole

New climatology evidence presents some concerning news about the South Pole. Researchers have discovered that the South Pole is warming at a rate three times above the global average. This has occurred across the past 30 years.

New Zealand cuts research to keep Antarctica virus free

Wellington - New Zealand said Tuesday it will reduce its scientific projects in Antarctica to keep the virtually uninhabited continent free from COVID-19.

Antarctica was home to a rainforest 90 million years ago

The South Pole is surrounded by a harsh, frozen landscape of year-round ice and snow — but it hasn't always been this way. Imagine Antarctica as being home to an ancient, swampy rainforest full of diverse animal and plant life.

Australian medical mercy dash for American in Antarctica

Christchurch - An American requiring emergency medical treatment has been flown from Antarctica to New Zealand in a mercy dash in "challenging" winter conditions, the Australian Antarctic Division said Saturday.

Six-fold jump in polar ice loss lifts global oceans

Paris - Greenland and Antarctica are shedding six times more ice than during the 1990s, driving sea level rise that could see annual flooding by 2100 in regions home today to some 400 million people, scientists have warned.

Blood-red ice in Antarctica an ominous sign of climate change

A few weeks ago, scientists at Ukraine's Vernadsky Research Base in Antarctica awoke to find their usually pristine white surroundings drenched in a shocking blood-red.

Antarctica registers record temperature of over 20 C

S - Scientists in Antarctica have recorded a new record temperature of 20.75 degrees Celsius (69.35 Fahrenheit), breaking the barrier of 20 degrees for the first time on the continent, a researcher said Thursday.

It's T-shirt weather in Antarctica as temperatures break records

The temperature in Antarctica reached a record-breaking 18.3 degrees Celsius (65 Fahrenheit) at one site on Thursday, almost a full degree above the previous high set five years ago.

Finding warm water beneath Thwaites Glacier alarms scientists

Scientists in Antarctica have recorded, for the first time, unusually warm water beneath a glacier the size of Florida that is already melting and contributing to a rise in sea levels.

ESA's CryoSat sheds new light on Antarctica's largest glacier

Ice loss from Pine Island Glacier has contributed more to sea-level rise over the past four decades than any other glacier in Antarctica. Current models indicate that this will continue in the future but at conflicting rates.

A new map reveals detailed features of Antarctica's hidden land

A new NASA map - called BedMachine Antarctica - of the mountains, valleys, and canyons hidden under Antarctica's ice has revealed the deepest land on Earth and will help forecast future ice loss.

Antarctica tourism: the quest for Earth's vulnerable extremes

The swimsuit-clad tourists leap into the icy water, gasping at the shock, and startling a gaggle of penguins.They are spectators at the end of the world, luxury visitors experiencing a vulnerable ecosystem close-up.

Doubt over future of Antarctic ocean sanctuary plans

Sydney - A push by Australia and France to create a massive ocean sanctuary in east Antarctica is in doubt as nations meet in Hobart to discuss the plans, with China and Russia opposing.

Massive iceberg breaks off Antarctica — but it's normal

Washington - A more than 600-square-mile iceberg broke off Antarctica in recent days, but the event is part of a normal cycle and is not related to climate change, scientists say.

Sudden warming over Antarctica to prolong Australia drought

Sydney - A rare phenomenon causing "the strongest Antarctic warming on record" is set to deliver more pain to dought-stricken Australia, scientists said Friday.

Antarctic glacial melt may cause irreversible sea level rise

A NASA-funded study has found that Antarctica faces a tipping point where glacial melting will accelerate and become irreversible even if global heating eases.

Influential excrement: How life in Antarctica thrives on penguin poop

Washington - For more than half a century, biologists studying Antarctica focused their research on understanding how organisms cope with the continent's severe drought and the coldest conditions on the planet.

Antarctic's giant sea spiders show resilience to warming waters

Scientists have wondered for decades why marine animals that live in the polar oceans and the deep sea can reach giant sizes there, but nowhere else. Researchers from the Universities of Hawaii and Montana decided to find out.

Melting ice sheets may cause 'climate chaos': study

Paris - Billions of tonnes of meltwater flowing into the world's oceans from the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets could boost extreme weather and destabilise regional climate within a matter of decades, researchers said Wednesday.

Huge cavity in bottom of Antarctic glacier signals rapid decay

A massive cavity that is two-thirds the size of Manhattan and nearly the height of the Chrysler Building is growing at the bottom of Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica - a discovery that NASA scientists called “disturbing.”

Remains of ancient life found beneath Antarctic ice

Scientists in Antarctica have found preserved carcasses of tiny animals in Subglacial Lake Mercer, buried under more than 3,500 feet of ice.

American adventurer completes solo trek across Antarctica

Washington - An American adventurer has become the first person to complete a solo trek across Antarctica without assistance of any kind.

Plans for world's largest ocean sanctuary in Antarctic blocked

Sydney - A plan to create the world's largest marine sanctuary in Antarctic waters was shot down when a key conservation summit failed to reach a consensus, with environmentalists on Saturday decrying a lack of scientific foresight.

Even moderate warming could melt Antarctic ice sheet: study

Paris - Moderate global temperature rises of just two degrees Celsius could still be enough to melt parts of the largest ice sheet on Earth and raise sea levels by several metres, experts warned on Wednesday.

Win for wildlife as krill fishing restricted in Antarctica

Sydney - Five major krill fishing firms Tuesday agreed to halt operations across huge swathes of the Antarctic to help protect wildlife in a move hailed as "bold and progressive" by conservationists.

Antarctic researchers mark winter solstice with icy plunge

Sydney - Scientists based in Antarctica welcomed the winter solstice by plunging into icy waters Thursday as part of a "mad tradition" heralding the return of brighter days after weeks of darkness.In temperatures of -22 degrees Celsius (-7.

Antarctica is shedding ice at an accelerating rate

The melting of Antarctica is accelerating at an alarming rate, with about 3 trillion tons of ice disappearing since 1992, an international team of ice experts said in a new study.

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.
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An Adélie penguin in Antarctica. Photo by OCEANITES/RON NAVEEN
An Adélie penguin in Antarctica. Photo by OCEANITES/RON NAVEEN
Oceanites
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
Flow speeds at Smith  Pope  and Kohler Glaciers.
Flow speeds at Smith, Pope, and Kohler Glaciers.
NASA
Station meeting of geologists and geophysicists in the sounder center of the FS Polarstern.
Station meeting of geologists and geophysicists in the sounder center of the FS Polarstern.
JP Klages, Alfred Wegener Institute
A gentoo penguin sliding in the snow in Antarctica. Photo by OCEANITES/RON NAVEEN
A gentoo penguin sliding in the snow in Antarctica. Photo by OCEANITES/RON NAVEEN
Oceanites
Robert Swan and his son  Barney will begin an expedition to the South Pole in November  relying only...
Robert Swan and his son, Barney will begin an expedition to the South Pole in November, relying only on renewable technologies.
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From white to green: plant life is booming in Antarctica as the climate warms.
From white to green: plant life is booming in Antarctica as the climate warms.
University of Exeter/Matt Amesbury
Remnants of the forest have been fossilized.
Remnants of the forest have been fossilized.
Erik Gulbranson, UWM
Bellinghausen Sea off the coast of Antarctica
Bellinghausen Sea off the coast of Antarctica
NASA/Michael Studinger
Antarctica s glaciers carry ice from the interior of the continent to the ocean. This NASA illustrat...
Antarctica's glaciers carry ice from the interior of the continent to the ocean. This NASA illustration shows where the ice is moving fastest; areas in red have the fastest flow, followed by those in pink and purple.
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
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
Construction of a new Amundsen-Scott research station  adjacent to the Dome  began in 1999. The new ...
Construction of a new Amundsen-Scott research station, adjacent to the Dome, began in 1999. The new station was constructed in sections with Science, Medical, Administration, Communications, Multipurpose Room, and additional living quarters.
NOAA
Regions iof Antarctica where penguin counts were done. The Antarctic Peninsula is on the upper left ...
Regions iof Antarctica where penguin counts were done. The Antarctic Peninsula is on the upper left of the map.
Oceanites
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
Antarctica s major ice shelf areas.
Antarctica's major ice shelf areas.
Ted Scambos, National Snow and Ice Data Center
Ross Sea  Antarctica: Penguins charging upwards
Ross Sea, Antarctica: Penguins charging upwards
Paul Nicklen
A break in the Ross ice shelf.
A break in the Ross ice shelf.
Columbia University
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SeaBED deployment from the RRS James Clark Ross under the midnight sun
SeaBED deployment from the RRS James Clark Ross under the midnight sun
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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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