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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...

Ocean Water Vertically Mixes As It Rushes Over Undersea Mountains
2013-09-19 07:58:02

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In the ocean near Antarctica, an international research team has solved the mystery of how deep and mid-depth ocean waters are mixed. The study, published in the journal Nature, reveals that sea water mixes dramatically as it rushes over undersea mountains in Drake Passage - the channel between the southern tip of South America and the Antarctic continent. This mixing of oceanic water layers is vital in the regulation of the Earth's...

Phytoplankton In The Southern Ocean
2013-09-19 04:45:00

[ Watch the Video: Phytoplankton Observed By NASA Satellites ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Until now, NASA satellites might have missed as much as 50 percent of the phytoplankton in the Southern Ocean. This would make it far more difficult to estimate the potential carbon capture of this vast area of the sea. A new study from the University of Tasmania's Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), published in the Journal of Geophysical Research, has...

Global Warming Could Explain Exponential Sea Ice Growth
2013-09-18 12:28:55

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In a bit of strange and unprecedented good news, it was recently discovered Antarctic sea ice is growing at record rates. This is definitely odd, of course, because the air and the oceans have been getting warmer in the area. There is now more sea ice in Antarctica than there had been in the 1970s, a data point which University of Washington (UW) researcher Jinlun Zhang wanted to unpack and investigate. According to his National...

2013-09-16 10:51:59

New research has revealed that more ice leaves Antarctica by melting from the underside of submerged ice shelves than was previously thought, accounting for as much as 90 per cent of ice loss in some areas. Iceberg production and melting causes 2,800 cubic kilometers of ice to leave the Antarctic ice sheet every year. Most of this is replaced by snowfall but any imbalance contributes to a change in global sea level. For many decades, experts have believed that the most important process...

Pine Island Glacier Is Melting From Below
2013-09-13 04:27:05

[ Watch the Video: Warm Ocean Melting Pine Island Glacier ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The floating ice shelf in a remote region of Antarctica is being melted by warm ocean water, not hot air, an international team of researchers report in the latest edition of the journal Science. As described in the new study, an expedition to Pine Island Glacier allowed scientists to get an up-close-and-personal look beneath the ice of one of the most difficult to...


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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