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

The Emperor penguins of Antarctica, which have lost much of their breeding habitat due to a shrinking ice pack, have shown their resiliency to environmental impacts by moving to new breeding locations where ice is thicker.

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

2014-01-06 23:25:34

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

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.

Russian, Chinese Ships Escape Death Throes Of Southern Ocean Ice
2014-01-07 09:45:02

Two ships that had been stranded in a sea of ice in the Southern Ocean, one since Christmas Eve, have broken free. A change in wind direction caused a shift in the ice drift, opening up an escape route for the ships.

Antarctic Heritage Trust Finds Lost Shackleton Expedition Photos
2013-12-30 07:25:44

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.

Diamonds  On Antarctica
2013-12-17 15:37:20

Researchers working in Antarctica have announced the discovery of kimberlite deposits on the frozen continent which may contain diamonds.

East Antarctica Is Pushing Around Its Softer-Mantled Western Half
2013-12-12 07:51:20

West Antarctica is losing weight in the form of billions of tons of ice per year, making its mantle rock softer. This rock is being nudged westward by the harder mantle beneath East Antarctica.

ESA CryoSat Mission Confirms Antarctic Ice Loss Is On The Rise
2013-12-12 06:08:21

With news out of San Francisco this week, at the autumn meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), we learned scientists have incorrectly estimated the amount of ice being lost on the polar continent of Antarctica. This environmental faux pas directly affects the estimates on global sea level rise as well.

Antarctic High Ridge Gets Distinction As Coldest Place On Earth
2013-12-10 09:03:50

If you think it’s cold where you live, consider this: NASA satellites have just discovered the chilliest place on Earth, where temperatures can plummet to minus 133.6 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 92 degrees Celsius).


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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coulisse
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