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NASA Sub Helps Explore Depths Of Antarctica
2013-03-01 21:01:43

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA is best known for its explorations away from this planet, but the US space agency has a whole other program aimed at investigating the depths of this planet. One NASA researcher from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California joined up with an international Antarctic expedition last month to try and explore an unexplored aquatic environment on Earth. Alberto Behar used a small robotic sub about the size of a...

Sir Ranulph Fiennes Drops Out Of Antarctic Trek Due To Frostbite
2013-02-25 13:23:51

[WATCH VIDEO: Cold Journey Team - Not Going Anywhere] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An ambitious expedition to become the first human to walk across Antarctica during the winter has ended for one brave adventurer. Sixty-eight-year-old Sir Ranulph “Ran” Fiennes, the “World´s Greatest Living Explorer,” as dubbed by Guinness World Records, has bowed out of his bid to walk more than 2,000 miles across the frozen wasteland due to...

Polar Regions Will See More Snow Over Next Century, Less Everywhere Else
2013-02-23 07:19:05

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A newly-developed National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) climate model predicts that increasing carbon dioxide (CO2) levels will lead to less snowfall in most areas of the world — including the United States — over the next 100 years. In fact, research conducted by Sarah Kapnick of the Princeton University Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (AOS) program and Thomas Delworth, a senior physical scientist at...

2013-02-12 23:04:05

Utilizing conductive polymer self-regulating technology, advanced water pipe freeze protection systems developed and manufactured by Canadian owned and operated Heat-Line (http://www.heatline.com) are now being used in Antarctica to keep pipes from freezing. Carnarvon, ON (PRWEB) February 12, 2013 Heat-Line (http://www.heatline.com), a Canadian owned developer and manufacturer of innovative freeze protection solutions for water pipes and water systems, has recently announced that their...

Hole In The Ozone Layer Is On The Mend Say Researchers
2013-02-09 13:17:51

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to satellite data, the most recent hole in the ozone layer measured over Antarctica was the smallest it has been in ten years. Other long-term research studies also indicate that the Earth's ozone layer seems to be on the mend thanks to international agreements to protect this vital layer of the atmosphere. Continuing the work started by ERS-2 and Envisat satellites, imaging from the European Space Agency´s (ESA) MetOp...

Antarctic Adelie Penguins Learn To Cope With Climate Change
2013-02-08 14:06:00

[Watch Video: Adélie Penguins and Climate Change] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers studying Adélie penguins say that the Antarctic birds are actually coping with climate change, for now. A team set out with a five-year NSF grant to conduct research on how penguin populations cope with climate change, and on how individual birds cope. During the expedition, they wanted to know why some penguins succeed in coping with climate...

Antarctica's Salty Don Juan Pond Offers Watery Hope For Mars
2013-02-07 15:42:19

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Several bodies of water around the world are known for their salty content. Among the most well-known are the Great Salt Lake in Utah and the Dead Sea. But these bodies of water pale in comparison to Don Juan Pond in Antarctica, known as the saltiest body of water on Earth. The pond, situated in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of the harsh, icy continent, keeps from freezing because of its salt-rich composition. But why this landlocked...

Antarctica’s Halley VI Now Open For Business
2013-02-05 18:39:33

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A new scientific research facility in Antarctica has now officially opened, helping to bring a modern twist to adventuring to the most southern part of our world. The Antarctic Research Station has opened 100 years after Captain Robert Falcon Scott's Antarctica expeditions, replacing the 20-year-old Halley V facility. The Halley VI Research Station is the sixth to be built on the floating Brunt Ice Shelf, the first station...


Latest Antarctica Reference Libraries

Mount Erebus
2014-08-19 09:49:48

Mount Erebus is an active volcano that can be found on Ross Island in Antarctica. It is the second largest volcano in Antarctica, reaching a height of 12,448 feet. Sir James Clark Ross discovered it in 1841 in mid-eruption and named it and another volcano Mount Erebus and Mount Terror, after two of his ships. The first people to climb the volcano and reach its summit were part of Sir Ernest Shackleton's party, including Professor Edgeworth David, Jameson Adams, and Dr. Eric Marshall. Mount...

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...

Ross Seal, Ommatophoca rossii
2013-01-01 15:44:30

The Ross seal (Ommatophoca rossii) is a true seal in the Phocidae family, and can only be found on pack ice in Antarctica. This species was formally described by James Clark Ross in 1841, during his British Antarctic Expedition. It is very uncommon to see in its range and rarely leaves the pack ice, with stray individuals occurring off southeast Australia or sub-Antarctic islands. The Ross seal can reach an average length between 5.5 and 6.9 feet, although some females can reach up to 8.2...

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...

Antarctic Silverfish, Pleuragramma antarcticum
2012-04-02 17:14:35

The Antarctic Silverfish, (Pleuragramma antarcticum), is a member of the Notothenioidei family of fish. It is widely distributed around the Antarctic, but has largely disappeared from the western side of the northern Antarctic Peninsula based on 2010 research funded by the National Science Foundation. It is also found throughout the Southern Ocean. It grows to an average size of 6 inches, but has been known to reach lengths of up to 10 inches. It is usually pink with a silver tint, and...

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