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Climate Scientists Clears Name Settles
2013-12-05 09:45:03

Alaska climate scientist Charles Monnett has settled a lawsuit with the US Department of the Interior over the now famous 'Drowning Polar Bear' controversy.

Airborne Radar Looks Through Thick Ice During NASA Polar Campaigns
2013-12-03 15:23:42

The bedrock hidden beneath the thick ice sheets covering Greenland and Antarctica has intrigued researchers for years. Scientists are interested in how the shape of this hidden terrain affects how ice moves -- a key factor in making predictions about the future of these massive ice reservoirs and their contribution to sea level rise in a changing climate.

Volcano Found Deep Below West Antarctica's Ice
2013-11-18 04:31:37

Researchers have discovered a volcano located beneath roughly one kilometer of ice in western Antarctica, and they believe that the heat it produces could increase the rate of ice loss from one of the region’s primary ice streams.

South Pole Research Government Shutdown
2013-10-09 11:40:43

Research operations on the South Pole will have to start winding down soon as government funds dry up.

Arctic Sea Ice Minimum For 2013 Sixth Lowest On Record
2013-09-23 07:44:57

After an unusually cold summer in the northernmost latitudes, Arctic sea ice appears to have reached its annual minimum summer extent for 2013 on Sept. 13

Arctic Sea Ice Political Controversy
2013-09-09 10:50:24

A recently leaked UN report on Arctic sea ice has provided insight into the political divide surrounding the contentious issue of global warming.

Moss And Microbes Reveal Unprecedented Ecological Change On Warming Antarctic Peninsula
2013-08-29 13:21:21

By carefully analyzing a 150-year-old moss bank on the Antarctic Peninsula, researchers reporting in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, on August 29 describe an unprecedented rate of ecological change since the 1960s driven by warming temperatures.

Sea Ice Decline Changing The Vegetation Of The Arctic
2013-08-23 10:26:03

Sea ice decline and warming trends are changing the vegetation in nearby arctic coastal areas, according to two University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists.


Latest Poles Reference Libraries

Roald Amundsen
2013-10-29 11:20:57

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
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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