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Ice Age Flora And Fauna May Have Relied On Volcanic Heat To Thrive
2014-03-12 05:43:40

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Several types of plants and animals were able to survive ice ages of the past thanks to the heat and steam produced by volcanoes, according to research appearing in a recent edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Dr. Ceridwen Fraser of the Australian National University, Dr. Aleks Terauds from the Australian Antarctic Division and their colleagues said that their research has helped solve a...

Adelies Ross Sea ice floes
2014-02-27 05:21:14

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Ross Sea is a major, biologically productive ecosystem in the Antarctic, which "clearly will be extensively modified by future climate change" in the coming decades as longer periods of ice-free open water are created by rising temperatures and changing wind patterns. According to a new paper funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), these ice-free periods affect the life cycles of both predators and prey. The research...

Antarctica Holds Subglacial Valley Bigger Than The Grand Canyon
2014-01-14 09:44:05

[ Watch the Video: A Giant Is Lurking Beneath Antarctica's Ice ] Gerard LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of scientists from Newcastle University, the University of Bristol’s Glaciology Centre, the British Antarctic Survey and the universities of Edinburgh, Exeter and York, have discovered a giant trench below the ice in Antarctica. The research team has spent the last three seasons in the West Antarctic region investigating and mapping the area. Recently, they...

2013-12-09 20:20:12

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- What is the coldest place on Earth? It is a high ridge in Antarctica on the East Antarctic Plateau where temperatures in several hollows can dip below minus 133.6 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 92 degrees Celsius) on a clear winter night. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Scientists made the discovery while analyzing the most detailed global surface temperature maps to date, developed with data from remote...

South Pole Research Government Shutdown
2013-10-09 11:40:43

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Though the closure of national parks, regulatory panels and other government agencies have been the more public-facing aspects of the government shutdown, many research projects have also been affected by this gridlock. One in particular reaches all the way to Antarctica and, according to the researchers, a shut down here would mean total devastation for some long-term research projects. The United States Antarctic Program (USAP) is...

Ocean Water Vertically Mixes As It Rushes Over Undersea Mountains
2013-09-19 07:58:02

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In the ocean near Antarctica, an international research team has solved the mystery of how deep and mid-depth ocean waters are mixed. The study, published in the journal Nature, reveals that sea water mixes dramatically as it rushes over undersea mountains in Drake Passage - the channel between the southern tip of South America and the Antarctic continent. This mixing of oceanic water layers is vital in the regulation of the Earth's...

Zombie Worms And Shipwrecks
2013-08-14 10:30:33

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Zombie worms are coming for your bones – but probably only if they end up at the bottom of Antarctic waters. A new report in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B suggested that if a wooden ship and its crew sank in the Southern Ocean that surrounds Antarctica, any evidence of the crew would decompose long before the ship itself. That's because so-called "zombie worms" - including two newly discovered species - living at the bottom...

2013-08-02 04:20:12

It's a rare glimpse of the South Sandwich Islands, the place James Cook called "the most horrible coast on Earth doomed by nature to never see the warmth of a sunray." NEW YORK, Aug. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- "Beyond the Known World" is a short film by Hansjoerg During that documents his expedition to the remote South Sandwich Islands, an archipelago of 11 active volcanic islands lost in the Furious Fifties of the southern Atlantic Ocean. Few researchers have studied these remote...

Russia Blocks Antarctic Sanctuary
2013-07-17 08:34:56

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Russia has blocked attempts to establish marine reserves in the Ross Sea and Eastern Antarctica, preventing the formation of what would have become the world's largest ocean sanctuary. According to BBC News, the Russian representative challenged the legality of a meeting that would have allowed for the creation of the reserves. The three-day-long conference, held in Bremerhaven, Germany was called by the Commission for the...

Antarctic Ecosystem Caused Rapid Evolution 041913
2013-04-19 09:39:52

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The development of the sea-ice ecosystem in the circum-Antarctic Southern Ocean may have triggered further adaptation and evolution of larger organisms such as baleen whales and penguins, according to a new study published Thursday in the journal Science. The area´s ecosystem can be traced back to the emergence of the Antarctic ice sheets some 33.6 million years ago and plays an important role in global marine food webs and...


Latest Antarctic region Reference Libraries

Antarctica
2013-02-18 10:15:24

Antarctica is the Earths southernmost continent; it contains the geographic South Pole. It’s situated in the Antarctic area of the Southern Hemisphere, almost completely south of the Antarctic Circle, and is bordered by the Southern Ocean. It’s the fifth-largest continent at 5.4 million sq miles. On average, it is the driest, coldest, and windiest continent as well as having the highest average elevation of all the continents. Considered a desert, the annual precipitation is only 8...

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