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2009-06-04 09:58:45

A new deep-sea U.S. robotic vehicle called Nereus has become the world's deepest-diving vehicle and the first to explore the Mariana Trench since 1998. The remotely-controlled vehicle developed at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute dived 6.8 miles May 31 in the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific Ocean. The Mariana Trench is the deepest known part of the ocean. Reaching such extreme depths represents the pinnacle of technical challenges and the team is very pleased Nereus has been...

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2009-06-02 15:25:25

Nereus is first undersea vehicle to enable routine scientific investigation of ocean depths worldwide The Abyss is a dark, deep place, but it's no longer hidden. At least when Nereus is on the scene. Nereus is a new type of deep-sea robotic vehicle, called a hybrid remotely operated vehicle (HROV). Nereus dove to 10,902 meters (6.8 miles) on May 31, 2009, in the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific Ocean, reports a team of engineers and scientists aboard the research...

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2009-04-17 15:35:00

Three British explorers trekking to the North Pole to assess how fast the Arctic ice sheets are melting said they were astonished at how little permanent ice they have discovered. The team began their 620-mile walk from Canada's Arctic to the North Pole in early March, and had set down in an area scientists were sure would contain permanent multiyear ice. But so far, the average depth of the ice has been slightly less than 6 feet, indicating the team was finding mainly first year ice that...

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2009-04-07 12:20:00

In an effort to prevent further environmental damage to Antarctica, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday urged tighter controls on cruise ships and tourists in the fragile region, Reuters reported. Clinton told participants of an international meeting on both the Antarctic and the Arctic that tourism increases to Antarctica need more regulations governing travel. She said the U.S. had submitted a resolution that would place limits on landings from ships carrying large numbers of...

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2009-03-27 08:45:00

Russia is jumping into the pack of those taking advantage of the natural resources of the Arctic, now vulnerable from global warming, the Kremlin's special representative said. Scientists note the ice is melting so quickly that drilling for oil and gas high in the Arctic will soon become normal and sea transportation between the Atlantic and Pacific will be much faster than the currents routes. This profitable scenario has started brutal competition between nations with Arctic coastlines to...

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2009-03-25 12:23:18

A team of researchers from the UK who set off to measure the thickness of Arctic sea-ice that floats toward to the North Pole have been stuck battling extreme weather that has slowed their progress, BBC News reported. After landing on the ice three weeks ago, researchers Pen Hadow, Martin Hartley and Ann Daniels have experienced temperatures as low as -40C with wind chill. However, the weather has currently turned in their favor and the Catlin Arctic Survey team is now covering more than 6...

2009-03-08 00:35:00

British scientists have been given the go-ahead to drill through the Antarctic ice sheet into Lake Ellsworth, which has been sealed off for thousands of years. The main goal of the project is to determine whether there is life in the lake, The Independent reported. The lake, one of about 150 that have been found under the ice sheet, has been covered for at least 400,000 years -- and possibly form as long as 2 million years. It is a dark, cold place that has been sealed from the outside world...

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2009-03-05 08:32:23

The water levels in the Dead Sea "“ the deepest point on Earth "“ are dropping at an alarming rate with serious environmental consequences, according to Shahrazad Abu Ghazleh and colleagues from the University of Technology in Darmstadt, Germany. The projected Dead Sea-Red Sea or Mediterranean-Dead Sea Channels therefore need a significant carrying capacity to re-fill the Dead Sea to its former level, in order to sustainably generate electricity and produce freshwater by...

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2009-03-01 15:05:00

Renowned Arctic explorer Pen Hadow and two companions have set out on a grueling 90-day trek to the North Pole, collecting data along the way to determine precisely how fast the Arctic sea-ice is melting, according to the London-based Catlin Arctic Survey. The British explorers were dropped onto the ice by plane about 668 miles off the northern coast of Canada on Saturday. The data the team collects will augment satellite and submarine observations and help experts create a modeling of the...

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2009-02-16 10:15:00

At least 235 species are thriving in both the Arctic and Antarctic polar seas, according to the Census of Marine Life. Scientists found that species such as grey whales, birds, worms, crustaceans, and angelic snail-like pteropods exist at both poles. Dozens of species were separated by nearly 7,000 miles, they said. Researchers are currently conducting DNA tests to prove whether or not the species are identical, and if so, they want to determine where the species "originated and how they...


Latest Extreme points of Earth 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...

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2009-05-14 17:45:56

The Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station is a U.S. research facility based at the South Pole, in Antarctica. It is the southernmost continually inhabited place on the planet. Its name honors Roald Amundsen who reached the South Pole in December 1911, and Robert F. Scott who reached the South Pole in January 1912. The station was constructed in 1956 to support the International Geophysical Year in 1957. It has been continuously occupied since then. It currently lies within 330 feet of the...

Arctic Circle
2004-10-19 04:45:44

Arctic Circle -- The Arctic (Land of the Midnight Sun) is the area around the earth's North Pole while antarctic is in South Pole. It includes parts of Russia, Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Lapland and Svalbard as well as the Arctic Ocean. The Arctic Circle is one of the five major circles of latitude that mark maps of the Earth. Everything north of this circle is known as the Arctic, and the zone just to the south of this circle is the Northern Temperate Zone. This is the parallel of...

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mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.