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Swamp-Like Water System Revealed Under Antarctica's Thwaites Glacier
2013-07-09 14:43:50

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While using an innovative radar analysis method to accurately image the sub-glacial water system under West Antarctica's Thwaites Galcier, scientists discovered a swamp-like canal system beneath the ice. The scientists, from The University of Texas at Austin's Institute for Geophysics, reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) that the swamp-like canal is several times as large as Florida's Everglades....

Subglacial Life Found In Ice Cores From Lake Vostok, Antarctica
2013-07-05 11:58:56

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Lake Vostok, the largest of some 400 subglacial lakes scattering Antarctica's frozen depths, has been the subject of ambitious research for at least the past 15 years. Lying more than 2 miles below the surface, the lake was first drilled in 1998 by a team of Russian, French and American scientists. Because the lake is buried so deeply under an Antarctic glacier and is so dark and cold, researchers have surmised it would be an...

Ghost Lake Found Beneath Antarctica's Ice Sheet
2013-07-03 05:32:53

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A vast crater has been found in Antarctica's icy surface by the European Space Agency's (ESA) CryoSat satellite. The crater was formed, scientists believe, when a lake lying under about 2 miles of ice drained suddenly. There are lakes of fresh water trapped without a connection to the ocean, deep below the thick ice sheet that covers Antarctica. Scientists who are trying to understand water transport and ice dynamics beneath the...

Greenpeace Aims To Protect The North Pole With "Flag For The Future"
2013-04-15 15:53:56

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online In 2007, Russian explorers dived down below the North Pole in a submersible and planted a national flag to make the point that it had rights to the energy riches of the Arctic. Now, a group of activists planted a "Flag For The Future" in the same area. The move by the environmentalists, backed by Greenpeace, is meant to try and declare the region "a global sanctuary" that is "free from exploitation." The group also...

Warming Oceans May Be Driving Sea-Ice Expansion In Antarctica
2013-04-01 07:07:28

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A growing number of studies have pegged global warming and climate change as a cause of sea-ice decline in recent decades. However, a newly published study in the journal Nature Geoscience is showing a vastly different scenario. According to researchers at the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), ocean warming may actually be driving sea-ice expansion in the Antarctic. While sea ice at the North Pole has shrunk...

James Cameron Donates Submarine On One-Year Anniversary Of Mariana Trench Dive
2013-03-27 10:02:37

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online On the one-year anniversary of legendary filmmaker/director James Cameron´s descent to the bottom of the world, the submarine he used to make that solo descent — a nearly 7 mile journey to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean — is being donated to science. Cameron, famed director of the blockbuster movies “Titanic” and “Avatar,” told BBC News that he would be donating his...

Mariana Trench Is Home To Highly Active Bacterial Community
2013-03-18 05:31:10

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Despite immense pressure and a lack of sunlight, an abundance of microbes are thriving in the deepest parts of the Pacific Ocean, claims new research published in Sunday´s edition of the journal Nature Geosciences. A team of scientists led by Ronnie Glud of the University of Southern Denmark explored the 36,000-foot deep Mariana Trench “unusually high levels of microbial activity in the sediments” of the...


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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  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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