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Russian Scientists Reach Ancient Antarctic Lake
2012-02-06 13:55:27

After years of drilling, Russian scientists have finally managed to reach down to reveal a unique sub-glacial lake. The scientists drilled 12,362 feet to reach the sub-glacial Antarctic lake, Vostok, which has been sealed for the past 20 million years. Explorers hope the lake could reveal new forms of life, and show how life evolved before the ice age. The discovery of the hidden lakes of Antarctica in the 1990s sparked enthusiasm from scientists across the globe. Some believe the...

Researchers To Get First Peek At 20 Million Year-Old Lake
2012-02-03 12:06:26

In what sounds like the opening scene to a bad monster movie, a team of Russian scientists are on the verge of drilling down to a lake buried under more than two miles of ice that hasn´t seen the light of day for over 20 million years, reports Rob Cooper for the Daily Mail. Lake Vostok is the largest of Antarctica´s subglacial lakes and also one of the largest lakes in the world and the research team is poised to penetrate the final 40 feet of ice that sits atop the lake next...

2012-01-16 10:36:35

International experts to recommend key issues as Canada prepares to assume Arctic Council chair With an eye on rapid changes in the resource-rich Arctic, countries like China, India and Brazil, which have no Arctic territories, are nonetheless knocking on the door of the increasingly influential Arctic Council looking for admission as permanent observers. The issue has divided existing members, with Russia and Canada most strongly opposed. It is among the major questions with which...

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...

100th Anniversary Of First South Pole Expedition
2011-12-16 06:06:00

Explorers, scientists, and the prime minister of Norway were among those who gathered at the South Pole Wednesday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the date that Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen became the first man to ever lead a successful expedition to the Antarctic site. "We are here to celebrate one of the greatest feats in human history," Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said while unveiling an ice sculpture of Amundsen, according to Nils Myklebost of the Associated Press (AP)....

Image 1 - Scientists Map Deepest Part Of The Ocean
2011-12-08 13:44:38

The Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping (CCOM) has mapped the deepest part of the ocean in greater detail than ever before. The scientists mapped the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific, which runs about 1,550 miles and extends down to nearly seven miles. The deepest point measured extends deeper below sea level than the height of Mount Everest, which is the highest point on the Earth. "We mapped the entire trench, from its northern end at Dutton Ridge, all the way to where it...

Robots Attempting Longest Ever Unmanned Sailing Voyage
2011-11-21 06:09:44

A quartet of robots set out last week on a 300-plus day journey that will take them 33,000 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean -- the longest voyage ever attempted by an unmanned sailing craft, according to various reports. BBC News reported last Friday that the four robots, which were created by an American company called Liquid Robotics, departed from the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco on November 17. At first they will travel together before pairing off into groups of two,...

Image 1 - Researchers Unravel Gamburtsev Mountains Enigma
2011-11-17 10:35:05

Researchers funded by the National Science Foundation may have finally found how Antarctica´s Gamburtsev Subglacial Mountains were formed, a conundrum that has plagued scientists since they were first discovered in 1958. The international team of scientists explored the subglacial mountain range -- buried under nearly 10,000 feet of ice -- during the International Polar Year (2007-2009) by using two twin-engine aircraft equipped with ice penetrating radar, gravity meters and...

Giant Amoebas Found Deep in Mariana Trench
2011-10-23 05:33:05

During a summer expedition to the deepest region on the planet, the Mariana Trench, a team of researchers and engineers witnessed a breed of giant amoebas known as xenophyophores living at depths that had never been recorded before, various media outlets reported over the weekend. The team, which consisted of scientists representing the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and National Geographic engineers, used untethered landers known as dropcams, lights, and digital video...

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...


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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  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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