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Summer Storms Cause Ozone Depletion In United States
2012-07-27 09:49:29

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It was in the 1970s that the British Antarctic Survey discovered a hole in the ozone layer above the Antarctic Circle, and in 1985, when the first measurements were taken, researchers were dumbfounded by the dramatic drop in ozone levels. The concern was so great that it eventually led to the ban of all products containing chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which were confirmed to be the root cause of the ozone depletion. Fast forward...

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2012-07-25 20:53:16

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists believe they have discovered a hidden rift valley that may be contributing to ice loss in West Antarctica. University of Aberdeen and British Antarctic Survey (BAS) experts made the discovery below Ferrigno Ice Stream, which is a very remote region that has only been visited once before. The team has reveled that the ice-filled ancient rift basin is connected to the warming ocean, which impacts ice flow and loss. The...

Ice Cores Analysis Shows Warming And CO2 Are Closely Related
2012-07-25 08:28:23

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists have always linked the increase of atmospheric carbon dioxide to a rise in global temperatures, but new research by an international team of scientists connects the cause and effect more strongly than ever before. According to their report recently published in the scientific journal Climate of the Past, the research team tested tiny bubbles of air trapped in layers of ice around Antarctica for carbon dioxide levels and...

Findings on Logistical Improvements to Support Antarctic Science Unveiled
2012-07-23 16:22:34

Report details blueprint for securing global research in Antarctica Today, the 12-member U.S. Antarctic Program Blue Ribbon Panel, commissioned by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) released their report, More and Better Science in Antarctica through Increased Logistical Effectiveness. The report is a comprehensive document based on several months of research, containing numerous specific recommendations for the U.S....

Google Street View Brings Antarctica To A Computer Near You
2012-07-18 09:39:06

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Yesterday was the 110th anniversary of the invention of the air conditioner, so why not keep on a cool theme during the dog days of summer with a virtual trip to Antarctica? Thanks to Internet search giant Google´s controversial Street View imaging system you can now take a virtual tour of the vast icy, desolate landscape right on your desktop. While Google first included imagery from the South Pole in its 2010 Street View...

Climate In Arctic More Vulnerable Than Thought
2012-06-25 10:10:11

First analyses of the longest sediment core ever collected on land in the terrestrial Arctic provide documentation that intense warm intervals, warmer than scientists thought possible, occurred there over the past 2.8 million years First analyses of the longest sediment core ever collected on land in the terrestrial Arctic, published this week in Science, provide documentation that intense warm intervals, warmer than scientists thought possible, occurred there over the past 2.8 million...

Elephant Seals Assist In Ice Shelf Research
2012-06-22 14:47:44

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com In the Bizarro world of climate change crusaders, what is good is bad, what is up is down, and what is hot is cold. New research published this week in the American Geophysical Union journal Geophysical Research Letters asserts that an Antarctic ice shelf melting slower than expected is good news for those of us who dislike massive flooding – but bad news for those sounding the alarm against global warming. During the two-year study, researchers led...

Penguins Face Population Decline Due To Climate Change
2012-06-21 07:05:11

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com Penguins in the colder regions of the world are being threatened by man, despite man not actually being present. Two studies have pointed to climate change being the reason for why penguins that frolic in Antarctica are dying off. Scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts believe that there will be an 81 percent reduction in the number of emperor penguins by 2100, bringing the population totals from 3,000 to as low as 500....

Ancient Antarctica Was A Completely Different Place
2012-06-18 04:13:26

A new university-led study with NASA participation finds ancient Antarctica was much warmer and wetter than previously suspected. The climate was suitable to support substantial vegetation -- including stunted trees -- along the edges of the frozen continent. The team of scientists involved in the study, published online June 17 in Nature Geoscience, was led by Sarah J. Feakins of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and included researchers from NASA's Jet Propulsion...


Latest Antarctica 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...

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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2009-08-18 20:48:47

Cryolophosaurus, meaning "cold crest lizard", is a genus of theropod dinosaur from the Early Jurassic Period (Pliensbachian Age). It is known from the Hanson Formation (previously known as the Upper Falla Formation). It was discovered by paleontologist Dr. William Hammer in 1991. It was the first carnivorous dinosaur to be discovered in Antarctica. It was also the first dinosaur from Antarctica to be officially named. Dr. William Hammer and his team unearthed the dinosaur during the...

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