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Search Team Confirms Three Canadians Killed After Plane Goes Down In Antarctic Mountains
2013-01-29 06:42:54

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Three Canadians who were reported missing last Wednesday after an emergency beacon on their plane started transmitting over Queen Alexandra Mountains in Antarctica, have been confirmed dead by the National Science Foundation (NSF) on Monday. Officials with the US Antarctic Program (USAP) and Antarctica New Zealand called off their search-and-rescue efforts on Monday, saying the crash wreckage was in a perilous position on a steep...

Three Canadians Believed To Have Crashed In Antarctic Mountains, Rescue Delayed Due To Bad Weather
2013-01-24 08:21:55

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Three Canadians who were aboard a small plane flying over the Antarctic are presumably missing after an emergency locator started transmitting a signal Wednesday night. Matters were complicated when bad weather forced a search and rescue mission to go on hold. The flight was going from the US-operated McMurdo Station near the South Pole to Zucchelli Station, an Italian research base in Terra Nova Bay. The emergency locator began...

Whiskey Being Returned To Shackleton’s Antarctica Base
2013-01-20 07:40:15

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Three bottles of 100-year-old whisky that had been discovered under the floorboards of Ernest Shackleton´s abandoned expedition base in Antarctica were handed over to officials at Scott Base in New Zealand on Saturday, as they continue their journey back to the remote cabin where they were originally found. According to Sky News Australia, the bottles in question contained Scotch donated to Shackleton´s British Antarctic...

Sea Level Predictions Aided By New Antarctic Geological Timeline
2013-01-16 18:35:25

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The uncertainty of future sea level rise is getting a little clearer thanks to research being conducted by a team comprised of scientists from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), the Alfred Wegner Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) and the University of Tromsø. Their study, entitled ℠Grounding-line retreat of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet from inner Pine Island Bay´, is being published in this...

Ranulph Fiennes Launches Winter Antarctic Crossing Expedition
2013-01-07 12:37:34

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Ranulph “Ran” Fiennes, dubbed by Guinness as “the world´s greatest living explorer,” set sail today for the Antarctic, leading a team of adventurers who want to be the first to cross the vast continent during winter. Fiennes has described the expedition as a trip into the unknown with no chance of rescue if the trek goes awry. Fiennes and crew left Cape Town, South Africa early Monday, cheered off by...

Significant Technological Milestones Reached By Trio of Complex Antarctic Science Projects
2012-12-21 13:38:46

National Science Foundation Drilling-related breakthroughs funded by NSF expected to advance "frontier science" in a variety of disciplines Three very large-scale, National Science Foundation-funded Antarctic science projects--investigating scientifically significant subjects as varied as life in extreme ecosystems, the fate of one of the world's largest ice sheets and the nature of abrupt global climate-change events--have recently each reached important technological milestones that...

British Scientists Begin To Drill Antarctic Ice Sheet To Hunt For Life
2012-12-22 06:45:50

[Watch Video: Tractor Train From Union Glacier To Lake Ellsworth] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Update (Dec. 22, 2012) A long-awaited project to drill through Antarctica´s ice sheet to a deep subglacial lake to look for life has been on hold for the past week due to a malfunction in the drill´s boiler system. The team heading the $12 million operation could only sit patiently in the subzero temperatures of the southern continent as they waited...

Adventurers To Recreate Epic 1916 Shackleton Journey To Antarctica
2012-12-03 12:27:11

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In 1916, a party led by Ernest Shackleton completed one of the most epic survival adventures, rowing 800 nautical miles through the icy waters of the Southern Ocean and traversing a mountainous, 32-mile section of South Georgia Island, to contact help and assemble a team to rescue the rest of his expedition team that was stranded back on Elephant Island off the coast of Antarctica. In January, a team of British and Australian...

NASA Studies Antarctic Sea Ice
2012-11-14 19:43:13

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A new study by NASA and the British Antarctic Survey tries to explain the increase of ice cover in the Antarctic that is seemingly contrary to the effects of climate change that have been witnessed over the previous two decades. In their report, they purport they have the first direct evidence that this increase in sea ice cover is due to changing winds that have had an impact on the changes to Antarctic sea ice drift. The...


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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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