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UK team to lead exploration to newly exposed Antarctic ecosystem

An exciting research mission is set to begin that will study the seabed ecosystem exposed after a massive iceberg, now designated as iceberg A-68, calved off the Larsen C Ice shelf in July 2017.

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.

Chunk of Larsen C ice shelf now hanging on by a thread

An iceberg, expected to be one of the 10 biggest ever recorded, is ready to break off from the Larsen C ice shelf at any moment, MIDAS project scientists say.

NASA's stunning photo shows widening rift in Antarctic ice shelf

Photos released on Friday from NASA's Operation Icebridge show with a stunning clarity that the huge rift in the Larsen C ice shelf is getting closer to causing a section of ice the size of Delaware to break off.

Underwater robot sheds new light on Antarctic sea ice

Cambridge - A collaborative effort involving scientific teams from the UK, U.S. and Australia has produced the first detailed, high-resolution 3-D maps of Antarctic sea ice with the help of an underwater robot.

Decades of rising seas predicted as huge Antarctic glacier melts

Cambridge - Pine Island Glacier, part of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and the biggest single contributor to rises in global sea levels, continues to melt at record rates. The melt could continue for decades, according to new research.

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.

Scientists argue reasons for Antarctic sea ice expansion

With records going back to 1979, there is little dispute that Arctic ice is in retreat but up till now scientists have had difficulty in reconciling an expansion of Antarctic sea ice with global warming.

What Antarctica looks like without ice — the Bedmap 2 Project

A new study of the physical properties of the Antarctic landmass has revealed the most detailed map yet produced, showing a landscape of mountain ranges gorges and ravines significantly deeper than ever imagined.

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.

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.
 

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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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Bedmap 2 s most up to date map of Antarctica wthout the ice
Bedmap 2's most up to date map of Antarctica wthout the ice
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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
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