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Volcano Found Deep Below West Antarctica's Ice
2013-11-18 04:31:37

[ Watch the Video: Volcano Found In Western Antarctica ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers from the Washington University in St. Louis have discovered a volcano located beneath roughly one kilometer of ice in western Antarctica, and they believe that the heat it produces could increase the rate of ice loss from one of the region’s primary ice streams. In January 2010, a team of investigators, led by professor of earth and planetary science...

Operation IceBridge 2013 Campaign Begins At McMurdo Station
2013-11-17 05:02:11

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The arrival of NASA scientists and aircraft at McMurdo Station in Antarctica on Saturday marks the beginning of the 2013 Operation IceBridge field campaign in that region, the US space agency has announced. As part of the mission, daily survey flights will take place through November 26 on a NASA P-3 research aircraft departing from a base of operations at the National Science Foundation (NSF) facility. Researchers traveling on...

Glacier ‘Tiger Stripes’ Slowing Down Ice Flow In Antarctica
2013-11-08 17:21:54

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Researchers writing online in the journal Science say they have found narrow stripes of dirt and rock underneath Antarctic glaciers create friction zones that slow the flow of ice toward the sea. These ribs, or “tiger stripes,” provide friction that hinders the glaciers from slipping along the underlying bed of rock and sediment. Understanding how these regions form and subside could help scientists know more about the flow of...

South Pole Research Government Shutdown
2013-10-09 11:40:43

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Though the closure of national parks, regulatory panels and other government agencies have been the more public-facing aspects of the government shutdown, many research projects have also been affected by this gridlock. One in particular reaches all the way to Antarctica and, according to the researchers, a shut down here would mean total devastation for some long-term research projects. The United States Antarctic Program (USAP) is...

Channels In Antarctic Ice Shelf Will Help Predict Future Of Antarctic Ice
2013-10-07 04:31:47

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The discovery of hundreds of kilometers worth of channels beneath a floating ice shelf in Antarctica could help experts understand how the ice will respond to changes in environmental conditions, according to a study published Sunday in the journal Nature Geoscience. Researchers from the University of Exeter, Newcastle University, the University of Bristol, the University of Edinburgh, the British Antarctic Survey and the...

Antarctic Glacier Rapidly Melting
2013-09-19 12:50:41

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online When it comes to predicting the effects of global warming on our environment, scientists look to the world’s glaciers, exceptionally large masses of ice which are melting into the sea. Now researchers from the University of Alaska Fairbanks say they've completed a thorough examination of these melting glaciers to get a better picture of how climate change is affecting Earth. Specifically, the researchers examined the ice melt from...


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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