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2011-06-03 09:20:00

Scientists from the U.S., U.K. and Australia have used ice-penetrating radar to create the first high- resolution topographic map of one of the last uncharted regions of Earth, the Aurora Subglacial Basin, an immense ice-buried lowland in East Antarctica larger than Texas. The map reveals some of the largest fjords or ice cut channels on Earth, providing important insights into the history of ice in Antarctica. The data will also help computer modelers improve their simulations of the past...

2011-06-01 14:56:27

Global warming over the next 40 years will cut through Arctic transportation networks like a double-edged sword, limiting access in certain areas and vastly increasing it in others, a new UCLA study predicts. "As sea ice continues to melt, accessibility by sea will increase, but the viability of an important network of roads that depend on freezing temperatures is threatened by a warming climate," said Scott Stephenson, a UCLA graduate student in geography and the study's lead author. Winners...

2011-04-28 00:00:27

Wendy Booker, a 57 year old climber, runner, and explorer with multiple sclerosis, has beaten the odds yet again"¦ this time conquering the North Pole via dog sled. Beverly, MA (PRWEB) April 27, 2011 Overcoming sub-zero temperatures, high winds and unfavorable conditions on the arctic ice, on April 23rd Wendy Booker became the first person with MS to stand at the North Pole. After trekking the last degree to the North Pole with her canine and human teammates, Wendy awoke to near...

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2011-04-06 08:00:00

Virgin Group founder and British billionaire Richard Branson unveiled his plans this week to pilot a mini-submarine to the deepest depths of our oceans. The Virgin Oceanic project's first dive is set for later this year to explore the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench, which is about 36,000 feet in depth. This will be followed by four other dives, which will include the Atlantic Ocean's Puerto Rico Trench at 28,232 feet underwater, the Indian Ocean's Diamantina Trench at 26,401 feet deep, the...

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2011-03-04 08:27:41

An international team of scientists working in the most remote parts of Antarctica have discovered that masses of ice form underneath the ice sheet instead of on top, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Science.Liquid water locked deep under Antarctica's coat of ice regularly thaws, and then refreezes to the bottom, creating as much as half the thickness of the ice in some places, the researchers said. "We usually think of ice sheets like cakes -- one layer at a time added...

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2011-02-09 05:25:00

A Russian-led expedition aims to make the first crossing from Russia's Arctic shore into Canada over the North Pole after a months-long voyage over precarious shifting ice flows. The expedition will serve for some of the first tests of Russia's GLONASS satellite navigation technology, which is Moscow's attempt to challenge the dominant U.S. global positioning system (GPS). Russia, the U.S., Norway, Greenland and Canada share territorial claims on the Arctic.  However, recent Russian...

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2011-02-05 07:45:00

Russian scientists are set to pierce through Antarctica's frozen surface to reveal the secrets of an icebound lake that has been sealed deep there for the past 15 million years. Alexei Turkeyev, head of the Russian polar Vostok Station, told Reuters by satellite phone that scientists have "only a bit left to go." His team has been drilling for weeks in a race to reach the lake -- buried 12,000 feet beneath the polar ice cap -- before the end of the brief Antarctic summer. With the...

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2011-01-28 13:31:48

Scientists studying the world's most enigmatic lake have only 165 feet left to drill as time is running out. Vostok is a sub-glacial lake in Antarctica, hidden about 13,000 ft beneath the ice sheet. With the Antarctic summer almost over, temperatures will soon start to drop. Scientists will leave the remote base on February 6, when conditions are still mild enough for a plane to land. The team has not stopped drilling for weeks. "It's like working on an alien planet where no one has been...

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2010-10-31 08:20:00

An Indian mission leader said Saturday that the country will have its first scientific expedition to the South Pole on Monday to analyze environmental changes in the frozen continent over the past 1,000 years. Rasik Ravindra, head of the National Center for Antarctic and Ocean Research, is going to lead the team of seven Indian scientists on the 40-day expedition from an Indian research base in the Antarctic to the South Pole. "No one has taken the route we will be taking to the South Pole,"...

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2010-10-29 14:10:40

Gravity field satellites observe for the first time the fluctuations of ice mass of the Antarctic ice sheet due to El Nino The change in the ice mass covering Antarctica is a critical factor in global climate events. Scientists at the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences have now found that the year by year mass variations in the western Antarctic are mainly attributable to fluctuations in precipitation, which are controlled significantly by the climate phenomenon El Nino. They examined...


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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