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

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Though the closure of national parks, regulatory panels and other government agencies have been the more public-facing aspects of the government shutdown, many research projects have also been affected by this gridlock. One in particular reaches all the way to Antarctica and, according to the researchers, a shut down here would mean total devastation for some long-term research projects. The United States Antarctic Program (USAP) is...

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

[ Watch The Video: 2013 Arctic Sea Ice Minimum Animation ] NASA 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, the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado in Boulder has reported. Analysis of satellite data by NSIDC and NASA showed that the sea ice extent shrunk to 1.97 million square miles (5.10 million square kilometers). This...

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

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Instead of providing a sneak-peek into cutting-edge climate research, a recently leaked UN report on Arctic sea ice has mostly provided insight into the political divide surrounding the contentious issue of global warming. Two of the UK’s supposedly more conservative periodicals, the Daily Mail and The Telegraph, seized on the leaked report’s finding that Arctic sea ice was 60 percent larger in August 2013 compared to August 2012....

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

Cell Press 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. "Whilst moss and amoebae may not be the first organisms that come to mind when considering Antarctica, they are dominant components of the year-round terrestrial ecosystem in the small ice-free zones during an austral...

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

Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks Sea ice decline and warming trends are changing the vegetation in nearby arctic coastal areas, according to two University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists. Uma Bhatt, an associate professor with UAF’s Geophysical Institute, and Skip Walker, a professor at UAF’s Institute of Arctic Biology, contributed to a recent review of research on the response of plants, marine life and animals to declining sea ice in the Arctic. “Our...

2013 Ice Melt Will Not Be Record Year Despite Continuing Downhill Trends
2013-08-23 10:06:14

[WATCH VIDEO: Summer Arctic Ice Retreat 2013] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Arctic sea ice is reaching its annual "minimum" melt for the summer, but NASA says this year's low will unlikely be breaking any records. Last year, Arctic sea ice melted to a record low, making it the largest summer melt since satellites began measuring the process in 1979. This year's melt is beginning to reach its minimum now, and even though it’s not going to catch any records,...

2013-08-21 14:26:33

A new paper co-written by UM associate professor Mark Hebblewhite details ecological changes caused by a loss of Arctic sea ice. The paper concludes that the loss of sea ice obviously will impact the marine food web and the marine mammals that depend on sea ice habitat. Other major ecological changes in adjacent land-based habitats and species also will occur because of warming oceans. The findings were published in the Aug. 2 issue of Science magazine. Wildlife species like the polar...

Wildlife Greatly Impacted By Arctic Sea-Ice Loss
2013-08-02 07:11:40

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Because sea ice is at its lowest point in 1,500 years, scientists are questioning how ecological communities in the Arctic will be affected by this continued and perhaps accelerating melting process over the next two decades. An international team of scientists, led by Penn State University biologist Eric Post, examined relationships among algae, plankton, whales, and terrestrial animals such as caribou, arctic foxes, and walrus, as...

2013-08-01 08:34:07

Slight changes in the timing of the annual loss of sea-ice in polar regions could have dire consequences for polar ecosystems, by allowing a lot more sunlight to reach the sea floor. The research by scientists at UNSW and the Australian Antarctic Division predicts that biodiversity on some areas of the polar seabed could be reduced by as much as one third within decades, as the poles warm. The study, Light-driven tipping points in polar ecosystems, will be published in the journal...

Polar Pool Not Extreme
2013-07-31 11:23:48

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Last week, pictures from the North Pole Experimental Observatory (NPEO) showed the North Pole seemingly covered by a sea of water, but according to a statement from the project's principal investigator, conditions in the Arctic are typical for this time of year and viewing the images is all a matter of perspective. "Every summer when the sun melts the surface the water has to go someplace, so it accumulates in these ponds," said Jamie...


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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Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.