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Latest Australian Antarctic Division Stories

Global Warming Melting Vital Antarctic Airstrip
2012-10-25 14:23:46

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The future of Australia´s once highly touted Wilkins airstrip, built to link the country with its research stations in Antarctica, is in jeopardy as warmer temperatures have caused the $46-million runway carved from glacial ice to soften and melt. The Australian government announced on Wednesday that it was looking at both temporary and permanent alternatives for supplying its research stations on the frozen continent. "There...

Australia Stops Sea Shepherd From Using Drones
2012-01-03 13:51:55

The Australian government has stopped the anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd from using unmanned drones over the Antarctic. The Australian Antarctic Division told the group the drones must have an urgent environmental impact assessment if they are to be used in Antarctic Treaty waters. The drones were used by the group in December to find the factory ship Nisshin Maru before it made it into Antarctic waters. The Australian government requires anyone going to the far south from an...

Image 1 - Antarctic Expedition Checks CryoSat Data
2011-12-10 04:41:07

Next week marks 100 years since Roald Amundsen reached the South Pole. As a team of scientists brave the Antarctic to validate data from ESA´s CryoSat mission, it´s hard to imagine what these first intrepid explorers would have thought of today´s advances in polar science. The remote and vast expanse of the Antarctic is arguably the most hostile environment on Earth — infamously claiming the lives of Captain Robert Scott and his party all those years ago in their fated...

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2010-04-24 07:10:00

Australian scientists say that whale feces are a likely element in the fight against climate change. Experts from the Australian Antarctic Division discovered that whale feces effectively place a plant-friendly fertilizer into ocean water. "When whales consume the iron-rich krill, they excrete most of the iron back into the water, therefore fertilizing the ocean and starting the whole food cycle again," scientist Steve Nicol told the AFP. The researchers said that if whale numbers grow,...

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2010-02-26 12:55:00

A mammoth iceberg that struck a glacier off Antarctica, dislodged a newer chunk of ice that could affect ocean currents and also lower the levels of oxygen in the world's oceans, according to Australian and French scientists. The two icebergs are drifting together about 62 to 93 miles off Antarctica after the Feb 12-13 collision, said Neal Young, a glaciologist for the Australian Antarctic Division. The first iceberg, measuring 60 miles long, collided with the Mertz Glacier Tongue and...

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2010-02-08 08:30:00

According to scientists on Sunday, a drought that has been ongoing in the southwestern region of Australia for more than 30 years has been linked to higher snowfall in East Antarctica, a phenomenon that may be tied to global warming. The southwestern drought, where rainfall has declined 15 to 20 percent in recent years, is very unusual when compared to normal activity over the past 750 years, researchers Tas van Ommen and Vin Morgan of the Australian Antarctic Division told AFP. In a report...

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2009-12-14 12:41:16

The giant iceberg, known as B17B, is gradually breaking up into smaller pieces as it drifts northeast from Antarctica towards Australia. The 140 square kilometer block of ice has now reduced its size to 115 square kilometers, making the iceberg approximately 18 kilometers long by 8 kilometers wide. Australian Antarctic Division glaciologist, Dr Neal Young, has been tracking the iceberg's progress using satellite images from NASA and the European Space Agency since it was first seen about...

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2009-12-09 13:50:00

Scientists have reported a giant iceberg over twice the size of Sydney Harbor is on a slow but steady collision course with Australia, according to the Telegraph UK. Researchers at the Australian Antarctic Division (ADD) spotted the 12 mile-long and 5-mile wide chunk of ice floating close to the mainland. The iceberg, known as B17B, is currently drifting 1,000 miles from Australia's west coast and is gradually moving north with the ocean current and prevailing wind. Should the...

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2009-11-23 10:15:31

Over one hundred Antarctic icebergs are moving towards New Zealand in an extraordinary happening that has raised a shipping warning, officials announced Monday. An Australian Antarctic Division glaciologist stated that the bergs, pinpointed by satellites, have floated past the Auckland Islands, and are 280 miles northeast of the Island. Scientist Neal Young noted that the icebergs, including some that are 650 feet in width, were in a large group, which implies that there could be more. The...

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2009-11-12 10:10:00

A huge iceberg was identified near an island between Antarctica and Australia, an usual display in northern waters, Australian scientists announced on Thursday. Australian Antarctic Division researchers employed at Macquarie Island caught a glimpse of the iceberg last Thursday 5 miles away from the coast. The iceberg, which is 160 feet tall and 1,640 feet wide, is most likely a chunk that split from a bigger iceberg. The origin of the iceberg is guessed to be from Antarctica's Ross Ice...