Quantcast

Latest Ross Sea Stories

Antarctic Adelie Penguin Populations Are Growing With New Colonies
2014-07-10 09:42:39

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The near-threatened Adélie penguin population has started to recover, as scientists conducting the first-ever global census of the creatures claim that the number of breeding pairs is over 50 percent higher than previously believed. Writing in the July 9 edition of The Auk: Orinthological Advances, researchers from Stony Brook University and University of Minnesota said that the number of these native Antarctic birds is 3.79...

Adelies Ross Sea ice floes
2014-02-27 05:21:14

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Ross Sea is a major, biologically productive ecosystem in the Antarctic, which "clearly will be extensively modified by future climate change" in the coming decades as longer periods of ice-free open water are created by rising temperatures and changing wind patterns. According to a new paper funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), these ice-free periods affect the life cycles of both predators and prey. The research...

Russia Blocks Antarctic Sanctuary
2013-07-17 08:34:56

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Russia has blocked attempts to establish marine reserves in the Ross Sea and Eastern Antarctica, preventing the formation of what would have become the world's largest ocean sanctuary. According to BBC News, the Russian representative challenged the legality of a meeting that would have allowed for the creation of the reserves. The three-day-long conference, held in Bremerhaven, Germany was called by the Commission for the...

Antarctic Octopus Provides Clues To Ice Sheet Collapse
2012-05-10 08:34:34

Brett Smith for Redorbit.com A joint team of UK and Australian researchers has found that two separate groups of Antarctic octopuses, from the Ross and Weddell seas on different sides of the continent, are almost genetically identical. This suggests that the two seas, which are now separated by the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, were once joined together, possibly a result of the partial collapse of the continental ice sheet. Researchers analyzed the genes of 450 Turquet's octopuses...

92b5a83ec3fb2a0515093cabd3cf5d7e1
2011-01-20 10:06:53

Underwater glider sets 2 Antarctic firsts Researcher Walker Smith of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William and Mary, has been conducting shipboard studies of biological productivity in Antarctica's Ross Sea for the last three decades. This year he's letting underwater robots do some of the work. Smith and graduate student Xiao Liu are using a two-year grant from the National Science Foundation to deploy and test a free-swimming underwater glider in the frigid waters of...

b88c27067149d1f1611ccfa2c1749a8b1
2010-07-22 13:28:19

Will Adelie Penguins, attempting to cope with climate change, go extinct because they can't find food in the darkness of the Antarctic winter?  A recent paper published in the scientific journal Ecology presents this finding: Adelie Penguins need both ice and light, even just twilight, to find food in the winter. As climate change causes the winter ice to retract south into the darkness, penguins won't have what they need to survive and could ultimately face extinction as a result. ...

f52c86091b6813097cff16df5ddd3d001
2008-03-21 13:05:00

Researchers found surprisingly large creatures and several potentially new specimens in New Zealand's Antarctic Ross Sea, including jellyfish with 12-foot tentacles and 2-foot-wide starfish. "It's exciting when you come across a new species," said Chris Jones, a fisheries scientist at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "All the fish people go nuts about that - but you have to take it with a grain of salt." The survey, part of the International Polar Year program, is the...

c4239a2c23d0c37c9eae3b050f50c8281
2005-01-20 07:02:58

NASA -- Car demolition derbies last minutes, but when it comes to a giant iceberg near Antarctica it takes a bit longer. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on board the Terra and Aqua satellites captured images of iceberg B-15A steaming a steady course towards the extended Drygalski Ice Tongue and scientists expected the Long Island, NY sized berg to initiate a colossal collision by January 15. Instead B15A appears to have grounded on a submarine shoal when it was just...

2d16c56e3b499af7a8f0d4e4241309201
2004-12-28 08:31:01

NASA -- What happens when the largest floating thing on the planet crashes? We might find out in a couple of days. NASA satellites have witnessed a 100-mile-long iceberg near McMurdo Research station move like a battering ram toward Drygalski Ice Tongue. "It's a clash of the titans, a radical and uncommon event," says Robert Bindshadler, a researcher at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, and if the two giant slabs of ice collide, we could see one of the best demolition derbies on the...


Word of the Day
call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
Related