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Sea Anemones In Antarctica Find A Home On The Ice
2014-01-17 07:46:08

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of scientists and engineers with the Antarctic Geological Drilling (ANDRILL) Program used a camera-equipped robot to explore beneath the Ross Ice Shelf off Antarctica, making an astonishing discovery. The team found many thousands of small sea anemones that were burrowed into the underside of the ice shelf with their tentacles protruding into frigid water like flowers on a ceiling. "The pictures blew my mind," said...

Joint Antarctic School Expedition Sends High-school Students To Chilean Station
2014-01-15 06:40:23

National Science Foundation Three high-school students and a teacher from Wisconsin will participate in a joint pilot program of the US and Chilean Antarctic programs that will send them to a Chilean research station this February for hands-on experience with Antarctic environments and ecosystems research. The US students and teacher, from the Monona Grove, Wisc., school district, will join their Chilean peers--winners of Chile's Antarctic School Fair--in the first Joint Antarctic...

Pine Island Glacier Retreating
2014-01-14 14:44:51

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier (PIG) is now in an irreversible retreat, according to a study published in the journal Nature Climate Change. PIG is one of the biggest single contributors to global sea-level rise, and the latest study says that it could add as much as 0.39-inches to ocean levels in 20 years. “Over the past 40 years Pine Island Glacier in West Antarctica has thinned at an accelerating rate, so that at present it is...

Antarctica Holds Subglacial Valley Bigger Than The Grand Canyon
2014-01-14 09:44:05

[ Watch the Video: A Giant Is Lurking Beneath Antarctica's Ice ] Gerard LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of scientists from Newcastle University, the University of Bristol’s Glaciology Centre, the British Antarctic Survey and the universities of Edinburgh, Exeter and York, have discovered a giant trench below the ice in Antarctica. The research team has spent the last three seasons in the West Antarctic region investigating and mapping the area. Recently, they...

Shrinking Habitat Doesn't Keep Emperor Penguins From Breeding
2014-01-09 11:35:03

[ Watch the Video: Emperor Penguins Are Breeding On Ice Shelves ] Gerard LeBlond for redorbit.com - Your Universe Online The emperor penguins of Antarctica, which have lost much of their breeding habitat due to shrinking ice pack, have shown their resiliency to environmental impacts by moving to new breeding locations where ice is thicker, as has been seen via satellite images, reports BBC News' Jonathan Amos. A new study, published in the online journal PLOS ONE, describes the...

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...

2014-01-06 23:25:34

In response to an article published by Mashable, fishbat, an award-winning Long Island SEO firm, discusses the use of social media for communication during a crisis (PRWEB) January 06, 2014 fishbat, a leading Long Island SEO company, comments on an article published by Mashable on December 28, which discusses how passengers stranded on a ship in Antarctica used social media to communicate with rescue operatives and family members. According to the Mashable article titled “Passengers on...

Climatic Variability Has A Significant Impact On Pine Island Glacier
2014-01-03 07:31:08

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Pine Island Glacier, one of the largest routes for ice to flow from Antarctica into the sea, is far more susceptible to climatic and ocean variability than previously believed, according to research published Thursday in the advanced online version of the journal Science. Observations from Dr. Pierre Dutrieux of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and his colleagues showed sizable fluctuations in ocean heat in Pine Island Bay. They...

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....


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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