Latest Chilean Antarctica Stories

Invasive Species Put Antarctic Natives At Risk
2012-03-06 11:15:04

As temperatures warm along Antarctica´s outer fringes, it allows for invasive plants and organisms to be carried in inadvertently by visiting scientists and tourists, putting the pristine ecosystem at risk, researchers have found. An international team of researchers, writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), said they scoured the clothes and boots of those visiting the southernmost continent and found that most were carrying plant seeds. The risks from...

2009-01-26 14:35:00

Researchers have found evidence to suggest that many creatures common to Antarctica may be threatened by even the slightest temperature increase. The creatures, such as Antarctic sea spiders, limpets or sea urchins are among the least studied on the face of the earth. Even a rise of 2 or 3 degrees Celsius could result in life-threatening conditions, Simon Morley, a marine biologist at the British Antarctic Survey at Rothera, told Reuters. "Because this is one of the most rapidly warming...

2009-01-25 15:05:00

On Antarctic research bases, chefs rely on imported and often frozen food in order to feed crewmembers. The 1959 Antarctic Treaty sets aside the continent as a nature reserve devoted to peace and science and bases have, over the years, stopped eating fresh wildlife. Fresh seal brains, penguin eggs or grilled cormorant were once considered the "delicacies of the Antarctic," but are now off the menu. "You have to use what you've got in the store. Frozen stuff, tinned stuff and if you're really...

2009-01-21 13:10:00

President Barack Obama's inauguration on Tuesday was a major cause for celebration by U.S. geologists working in Antarctica, who praise the Obama administration's stronger focus on science. David Barbeau, assistant professor of geology at the University of South Carolina, told Reuters it is a very exciting time for his crew, as they watched the inauguration at the British Rothera research station on the Antarctic Peninsula. "There certainly is a feeling that this administration will have...

2009-01-19 08:20:00

Warm, snow-free airstrips in Antarctica have attracted some unwelcome visitors, a group of birds that are now a dangerous threat to planes. Air traffic experts are looking for ways to scare off the south polar skuas, a large and aggressive brown seabird, without harming them. Currently, the birds are protected by the 47-nation Antarctic Treaty, which declares the frozen continent a nature reserve. At the British Rothera research station on the Antarctic Peninsula, about 100 skuas often...

2009-01-15 13:57:15

Harsh weather, remoteness and even elephant seals in Antarctica can become an obstacle for people living on the continent. On Wednesday, a group of seals lying on the beach delayed what should have been a simple repair of a nearby hut. "You're not supposed to interfere with the seals. So I just make myself a nuisance and hope they'll move on," said John Loines, 56, of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). "It can be intimidating but they usually do move." Loines attempted to repair the...

2009-01-13 16:50:41

Scientists say the Antarctic Peninsula's most fearsome land predator is a reddish bug called the Rhagidia mite. Although the continent is best known for penguins, seals and whales, the tiny mite is considered it's top predator. Now researchers are stepping up their study of these miniscule creatures in Antarctica for possible early warnings about how climate change may disrupt life around the planet in coming decades. Pete Convey, a biologist at the British Antarctic Survey, said Antarctica...

2008-07-18 15:00:30

Scientists in Britain have discovered a new global warming threat to marine life in Antarctica -- breakaway icebergs that destroy any life in their path. Shallow habitats of species such as giant sea spiders, Antarctic worms, sea urchins and corals face growing risk from icebergs as they tear up the sea floor, The Times of London reported Friday. The findings indicate climate change risks go beyond rising ocean temperatures, the British Antarctic Survey team said. Although near-shore...

2007-11-10 10:14:05

CHILEAN PRESIDENTE EDUARDO FREI BASE, Antarctica (AP) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the Antarctica on Friday to see firsthand the impact of climate change and the melting of glaciers. Ban flew from Chile's southernmost city of Punta Arenas to that country's station on the Antarctica, Chilean Air Force President Eduardo Frei base, accompanied by officials and scientists. From there, he took a 45-minute flight over the region, seeing several glaciers. The U.N. leader also visited...

2006-04-18 16:24:35

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A crew member of an Antarctic research ship was missing and presumed dead after apparently falling overboard in rough weather, the National Science Foundation said on Tuesday. The foundation's research vessel Laurence M. Gould was traveling from Palmer Station on the Antarctic Peninsula to Punta Arenas, Chile, when the crewman was discovered missing on Monday. Weather and sea conditions were harsh, with winds gusting between 20 and 40 knots, equivalent to 23...

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