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Antarctic Research Shows SMOS And GOCE Data Similarities
2014-01-09 12:58:44

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers who braved the harsh conditions of the Antarctic ice sheet will help bring about a better understanding of what lies beneath the South Pole. Dome-C on the Antarctic Plateau is one of the coldest places on Earth. The region is extremely dry and is essentially a cold-barren white desert. While these conditions are not ideal for a vacation, they do offer a stable place to check the validity of data from the European Space...

2014-01-07 23:26:35

A climate change science-tourism expedition got trapped when they set out to prove global warming is causing Antarctica's sea ice to melt, despite data showing the Antarctic 2013 year-average sea ice area is the highest ever recorded during the satellite era, which began in 1979. Friends of Science point out on their Polar Region Sea Ice web-page that Antarctic sea ice data shows it is 1.5 million sq. km larger than 30 year average and that there has been no global warming in 16...

Russian, Chinese Ships Escape Death Throes Of Southern Ocean Ice
2014-01-07 09:45:02

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online UPDATE: January 7, 2014 @ 9:45 a.m. Two ships that had been stranded in a sea of ice in the Southern Ocean, one since Christmas Eve, have broken free. The passengers of the Russian research vessel Akademik Shokalskiy were rescued on January 2 by helicopter from Chinese icebreaker Xue Long. However, that ship also got stuck in the sea ice the following day. The rescued passengers were safely boarded onto an Australian ship...

Antarctic Heritage Trust Finds Lost Shackleton Expedition Photos
2013-12-30 07:25:44

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports – Your Universe Online Undeveloped photos taken during one leg of Ernest Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition have been discovered in the hut of another polar region explorer, various media outlets reported on Sunday. According to CNN’s Ralph Ellis, the negatives were discovered in an expedition hut used by British explorer Capt. Robert Falcon Scott during his unsuccessful 1912 attempt to become the first man to reach the South Pole....

Staying Warm For Emperor Penguins Means Getting Into Traffic Jams
2013-12-17 13:44:50

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Emperor penguins purposely get themselves into traffic jams in order to help combat the harsh conditions of an Antarctic winter, according to a new study published in the New Journal of Physics. Researchers used mathematical models to recreate the positions, movements and interactions of individual penguins in a huddle, revealing that an individual penguin only needs to move less than an inch in any direction for its neighbor to react....

NASA Pilots Train In P-3 Aircraft Simulator For Antarctic Flying
2013-12-12 11:12:10

NASA Pilots and flight engineers with NASA's Operation IceBridge traveled to Jacksonville, Fla., to prepare for the mission's recently concluded Antarctic campaign. There the flight crews spent time training in a P-3 aircraft simulator at the U.S. Navy base Naval Air Station Jacksonville. Each year, NASA pilots are required to train in a simulator and demonstrate proficiency in an actual aircraft, a process known as a check ride. Though this is only required once annually, many pilots...

2013-12-09 12:21:52

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Japanese whaling fleet has left port for Antarctica to train its harpoons on around 1,000 whales - despite a pending World Court ruling on whether or not its actions are lawful. The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is urging the Japanese government to recall the fleet and respectfully await the imminent decision from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Australia's legal case against Japan's Southern Ocean whaling....

Scientists Find Rapid Warming Threatens Rich Seafloor Communities
2013-12-04 10:09:25

University of Hawaii at Manoa Deep inside the dramatic subpolar fjords of Antarctica, researchers from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa have discovered an unexpected abundance and diversity at the seafloor. During a recent expedition, UH scientists for the first time studied the seafloor communities of glacier dominated fjords along the west Antarctic Peninsula, a region undergoing very rapid climate warming. The scientists expected to find impoverished seafloor communities highly...

Brooding Marine Worm Found In Antarctica
2013-11-27 16:10:40

University of Barcelona Brooding is a usual behavior in animals. However, to observe it in a marine worm is exceptional and, more surprisingly, it guards eggs from external threats. The scientific finding, published recently in the journal Polar Biology, was developed by researchers Conxita Àvila and Sergio Taboada, from the Department of Animal Biology of the University of Barcelona (UB) and members of the Institute of Research in Biodiversity (IRBio); Juan Junoy, from the University of...

2013-11-16 12:20:03

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Operation IceBridge has begun its 2013 Antarctic field campaign with the arrival of the agency's aircraft and scientists at the National Science Foundation's McMurdo Station in Antarctica. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The IceBridge mission will conduct daily survey flights through Nov. 26 on a NASA P-3 research aircraft from a base of operations at McMurdo Station. The P-3 usually is based...


Latest antarctic Reference Libraries

Antarctic Minke Whale, Balaenoptera bonaerensis
2013-06-22 16:21:07

The Antarctic minke whale (Balaenoptera bonaerensis), also known as the southern minke whale, is one of two minke whales within the Mysticeti suborder, which contains baleen and rorqual whales. It can be found in every ocean in the southern hemisphere, residing in Antarctic waters in the summer months and northern waters in the winter months, where its range overlaps that the smaller common minke whale. The Antarctic minke whale was once classified with the common minke whale as a single...

Antarctic Minke Whale, Balaenoptera bonaerensis
2013-06-10 11:14:16

The Antarctic minke whale (Balaenoptera bonaerensis), also known as the southern minke whale, is one of two minke whales within the Mysticeti suborder, which contains baleen and rorqual whales. It can be found in every ocean in the southern hemisphere, residing in Antarctic waters in the summer months and northern waters in the winter months, where its range overlaps that the smaller common minke whale. The Antarctic minke whale was once classified with the common minke whale as a single...

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...

Weddell Seal, Leptonychotes weddellii
2012-06-27 21:35:24

The Weddell seal (Leptonychotes weddellii) is a large true seal in the Lobodontini tribe. It is native to Antarctica, with its range consisting of a large “ring” that surrounds Antarctica. This seal will spend most of its time in the water instead of on land. The Weddell seal appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern”.  It is estimated this seal numbers over 800,000 individuals in the wild. First discovered in 1820s by a British sealing captain...

Crabeater Seal, Lobodon carcinophagus
2012-06-26 14:40:11

The crabeater seal (Lobodon carcinophagus) is a true seal that can be found around the whole of Antarctica. Its range also includes small areas in South America, New Zealand, Africa, and Australia. It resides on the pack ice zone for the entire year, even as it shifts seasonally, and prefers to stay in the continental shelf area in water with a depth of less than 1,968 feet. Because the populations are so wide spread and are sufficiently mixed, there have been no subspecies found. Because...

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