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Antarctica’s Halley VI Now Open For Business
2013-02-05 18:39:33

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A new scientific research facility in Antarctica has now officially opened, helping to bring a modern twist to adventuring to the most southern part of our world. The Antarctic Research Station has opened 100 years after Captain Robert Falcon Scott's Antarctica expeditions, replacing the 20-year-old Halley V facility. The Halley VI Research Station is the sixth to be built on the floating Brunt Ice Shelf, the first station...

British Antarctic Survey Admits Defeat, Calls Off Lake Ellsworth Drilling Project
2012-12-27 08:12:02

[Watch Video: Professor Martin Siegert Calls Off Lake Ellsworth Project] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An ambitious expedition to search for life in one of the world´s most remote regions has ended in failure early Christmas morning. Team members from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) called off a project to drill through two miles of Antarctica´s ice sheet to reach Lake Ellsworth due to problems linking boreholes in the ice. With winter fast...

British Scientists Begin To Drill Antarctic Ice Sheet To Hunt For Life
2012-12-22 06:45:50

[Watch Video: Tractor Train From Union Glacier To Lake Ellsworth] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Update (Dec. 22, 2012) A long-awaited project to drill through Antarctica´s ice sheet to a deep subglacial lake to look for life has been on hold for the past week due to a malfunction in the drill´s boiler system. The team heading the $12 million operation could only sit patiently in the subzero temperatures of the southern continent as they waited...

Antarctic Expedition Looks For Life In Lake Under Ice Sheet
2012-09-10 13:12:21

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of 12 British scientists are about to embark on a grueling two-and-a-half month expedition to search for life in Lake Ellsworth, which is located 1.6 miles below the surface of the Antarctic ice sheet. The British Antarctic Survey expedition, which also aims to find out the overall stability of the ice sheet, will be closely observed by NASA as a model for future space missions to the icy moons of Jupiter where it is believed...

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2012-07-25 20:53:16

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists believe they have discovered a hidden rift valley that may be contributing to ice loss in West Antarctica. University of Aberdeen and British Antarctic Survey (BAS) experts made the discovery below Ferrigno Ice Stream, which is a very remote region that has only been visited once before. The team has reveled that the ice-filled ancient rift basin is connected to the warming ocean, which impacts ice flow and loss. The...

Ambitious Antarctic Expedition In The 'Deep-field' Complete
2012-01-16 04:23:28

A team of four British Antarctic Survey (BAS) engineers has returned to the UK after completing a grueling journey to one of the most remote and hostile locations on the planet to put in place equipment and supplies for an ambitious project later this year. Enduring temperatures of minus 35°C the Subglacial Lake Ellsworth ℠Advance Party´ has successfully paved the way to explore an ancient lake buried beneath 3 km of Antarctic ice. A powerful ℠tractor-train´ towed...

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2011-12-05 12:44:44

Scientists have created a detailed map called BEDMAP of Antarctica's rock bed that lies underneath its icy surface. The map gives a view of the landscape beneath the ice, and incorporates decades of survey data acquired by planes, satellites, ships and even people on dogsleds. In the map, the highest elevations are marked in red/black, while the light blue color shows the extent of the continental shelf.  The lowest elevations are dark blue, some of which lie below today's seal...

Scientists To Study Underground Lake In Antarctica
2011-10-11 09:43:06

An Antarctic lake hidden under 1.8 miles of ice in the western region of the continent could reveal what life on Earth looked like a million years ago and could narrow down the search for extraterrestrial life, as well as give scientists clues to future climate impacts, according to a British expedition taking up the study. Expedition members will use hot water to melt down through the nearly 2-mile-thick ice to reach Lake Ellsworth, which has been isolated from the outside world for more...

2011-07-11 20:51:26

Scientists from British Antarctic Survey (BAS) have discovered previously unknown volcanoes in the ocean waters around the remote South Sandwich Islands. Using ship-borne sea-floor mapping technology during research cruises onboard the RRS James Clark Ross, the scientists found 12 volcanoes beneath the sea surface "“ some up to 3km high. They found 5km diameter craters left by collapsing volcanoes and 7 active volcanoes visible above the sea as a chain of islands. The research is...

2009-07-07 16:34:45

British scientists say some species in Antarctic waters may be at risk due to global warming since they're now living close to their upper temperature range. Researchers from the British Antarctic Survey said they collected individuals from a wide range of species commonly found in Antarctic waters and subjected them to increasing water temperatures. The goal was to determine how each species is prepared to cope with the expected future conditions. The scientists said they found several of...


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