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Thwaites Glacier
2014-05-12 13:27:19

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A rapidly melting region of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet appears to have reached an irreversible state of decline, meaning that nothing can be done to prevent the glaciers from melting into the sea, researchers from NASA and the University of California, Irvine claim in a new study. The researchers came to that conclusion after analyzing four decades worth of data on glaciers located in the Amundsen Sea sector of West Antarctica....

2014-05-12 12:27:15

Lieske recounts one year apart from civilization, and God's evident workings MAITLAND, Fla., May 12, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Bruce J. Lieske's new book, Frozen Memories: An Old Man Recaptures His Youthful Adventure in Antarctica ($14.99, paperback, 9781629523392; $7.99, e-book, 9781629523408) is the story of a man, rich in years and wisdom, who looks back in time at a youthful adventure, and rediscovers new insights about God and life. This is Bruce's personal testimony. The...

Southern Ocean Winds Keep Antarctica Cold And Australia Dry
2014-05-12 03:02:49

[ Watch The Video: Southern Ocean Winds Keep Antarctica Cool, Australia Dry ] Australian National University New Australian National University-led research has explained why Antarctica is not warming as much as other continents, and why southern Australia is recording more droughts. Researchers have found rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are strengthening the stormy Southern Ocean winds which deliver rain to southern Australia, but pushing them further south...

antarctic peninsula
2014-05-12 08:53:16

Gerard LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Antarctica’s ice shelf lays motionless at the surface, but 250 miles below, the Earth is moving at an incredible rate, according to recent research. The new study explains why the upward movement of the Earth’s crust is happening so rapidly in the northern Antarctic Peninsula and was published in this week’s Earth and Planetary Science Letters. Scientists from Newcastle University in the UK led the research with assistance...

Avian Influenza Viruses Identified In Antarctic Penguins
2014-05-06 03:11:05

American Society for Microbiology An international team of researchers has, for the first time, identified an avian influenza virus in a group of Adélie penguins from Antarctica. The virus, found to be unlike any other circulating avian flu, is described in a study published this week in mBio, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. While other research groups have taken blood samples from penguins before and detected influenza antibodies, no one had...

Wilkes Basin in East Antarctica
2014-05-06 05:46:34

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) reveals that a persistent ice discharge into the ocean could be triggered by the melting of just a small volume of ice on East Antarctica's shore. Such a persistent discharge could result in unstoppable sea level rise for thousands of years to come, according to computer simulations of the Antarctic ice flow using improved data of the ground profile underneath the...

Massive Iceberg Could Disrupt Shipping Lanes In The Southern Ocean
2014-04-23 08:56:59

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An iceberg previously said to be more than eight times the size of Manhattan could soon disrupt shipping lanes as it moves well outside of Pine Island Bay in Antarctica. The iceberg (called B31), which broke off from Pine Island Glacier in November 2013, is now drifting out of the bay and into the Amundsen Sea off Antarctica’s western banks. Now said to be twice the size of Atlanta (six times the size of Manhattan), B31 will...

Antarctica Was A Balmy 72 Degrees Fahrenheit During The Eocene
2014-04-22 13:07:31

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Previous studies have shown that Antarctica was a much warmer continent 40 to 50 million years ago and a new report from a team of American, Dutch and Australian researchers has revealed finer details on the milder temperature that blanketed the region at the time. Published on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the new report revealed that parts of Antarctica were as warm as Coastal California and sea...

2014-04-22 08:25:42

New campaign aims for international cooperation to protect sentinel species WASHINGTON, April 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Penguin lovers around the world will unite to observe World Penguin Day on April 25th, and The Pew Charitable Trusts is joining the celebration by announcing the launch of the first global effort aimed at protecting penguins wherever they live. Eighteen species of penguin range from the cold of Antarctica to the equatorial heat of the Galapagos Islands....


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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