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Sea ice surrounding Antarctica reached a new record high extent this year, covering more of the southern oceans than it has since scientists began a long-term satellite record to map sea ice extent in the late 1970s.
Countries need to work together to ensure Antarctic research continues and key questions on the region are answered, researchers say.
As the climate warms and sea ice retreats, the North is changing. An ice-covered expanse now has a season of increasingly open water that is predicted to extend across the whole Arctic Ocean before the middle of this century.
Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen might have been the first person to reach the South Pole, but an international team of scientists has discovered that he was actually beaten to his destination – by industrial air pollution.
Despite the harsh conditions, the number of visitors arriving in the Antarctic is soaring each year. This worries the world's leading environmental scientists who say that Antarctica's ice-free land needs better protection from human activities.
Summer and winter on the Antarctic shore are drastically different. Winters are dark and frozen, while summers are characterized by bright, clear waters, thick with algae and drifting icebergs.
For the first time in roughly 2 million years, melting Arctic sea ice is connecting the north Pacific and north Atlantic oceans.
OSLO, Norway, May 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The most beautiful coastline in the world will once again be the spectacular backdrop for the world's cycling elite when they
While camping may appeal to some, scientists recently took the pastime to punishing limits. Enduring the bitter Arctic cold out on the sea ice, they were part of a major international effort to ensure ESA’s CryoSat satellite is delivering a true picture of Earth’s changing ice.
New Australian National University-led research has explained why Antarctica is not warming as much as other continents, and why southern Australia is recording more droughts.
Roald Amundsen was a Norwegian explorer that was known for his expeditions into polar regions. He is best known for his discovery of the South Pole, being the first recognized explorer to reach the North Pole, and being the first explorer to travel along the Northwest Passage. He was born to Jens Amundsen and Hanna Sahlqvist in July of 1872. His family owned and managed a number of ships, but his mother did not want him to join the family trade, encouraging him to become a doctor. Amundsen...
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...
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 -- 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...