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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...

2013-01-12 05:03:06

Just back from a grueling effort in Antarctica, Eric Larsen continues his efforts to demonstrate how people can use a bicycle to change lives. Boulder, CO (PRWEB) January 11, 2013 Leaving the edge of the Antarctic continent, Hercules Inlet, on Dec. 20, 2012, polar adventurer Eric Larsen started pedaling his Surly Moonlander ℠Fat Bike´ loaded down with 100 pounds of gear in an attempt to complete the Cycle South expedition, a first ever bicycle traverse of Antarctica to the...

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...

2012-12-29 05:01:26

Global Wildlife Tour and Travel Company´s Hot List of Where to Be in 2013 Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) December 28, 2012 PlanetWildlife, a leading provider of a wide range of wildlife travel and tours around the world, presents Wildlife´s Hotspots for 2013–a month-by-month directory of what´s happening and when–and itinerary suggestions to inspire nature lovers to experience some of the seminal seasonal events of the natural world. To explore all the ideas and...

British Antarctic Survey Admits Defeat, Calls Off Lake Ellsworth Drilling Project
2012-12-27 08:12:02

[Watch Video: Professor Martin Siegert Calls Off Lake Ellsworth Project] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An ambitious expedition to search for life in one of the world´s most remote regions has ended in failure early Christmas morning. Team members from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) called off a project to drill through two miles of Antarctica´s ice sheet to reach Lake Ellsworth due to problems linking boreholes in the ice. With winter fast...

West Antarctic Ice Sheet Warming Faster
2012-12-24 05:32:08

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A portion of the Antarctic ice sheet is warming nearly twice as quickly as experts had previously believed, which could increase the region's future contribution to rising sea levels, a team of researchers from the Ohio State University (OSU) has discovered. According to BBC News Environmental Correspondent Matt McGrath, the study authors analyzed temperature records from Byrd Station, a scientific outpost in the center of the...

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...

Warm Seas Melting Antarctic Ice Sheet Faster Than Expected
2012-12-07 13:15:29

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The West Antarctica ice sheet is melting faster than expected. An international group of oceanographers led by the University of Gothenburg has published new observations in the journal Nature Geoscience that may improve our ability to predict future changes in ice sheet mass. The water levels of the oceans would be affected globally by a reduction of the ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland, making it problematic that...


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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