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2009-01-26 14:35:00

Researchers have found evidence to suggest that many creatures common to Antarctica may be threatened by even the slightest temperature increase. The creatures, such as Antarctic sea spiders, limpets or sea urchins are among the least studied on the face of the earth. Even a rise of 2 or 3 degrees Celsius could result in life-threatening conditions, Simon Morley, a marine biologist at the British Antarctic Survey at Rothera, told Reuters. "Because this is one of the most rapidly warming...

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2009-01-25 15:05:00

On Antarctic research bases, chefs rely on imported and often frozen food in order to feed crewmembers. The 1959 Antarctic Treaty sets aside the continent as a nature reserve devoted to peace and science and bases have, over the years, stopped eating fresh wildlife. Fresh seal brains, penguin eggs or grilled cormorant were once considered the "delicacies of the Antarctic," but are now off the menu. "You have to use what you've got in the store. Frozen stuff, tinned stuff and if you're really...

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2009-01-21 13:10:00

President Barack Obama's inauguration on Tuesday was a major cause for celebration by U.S. geologists working in Antarctica, who praise the Obama administration's stronger focus on science. David Barbeau, assistant professor of geology at the University of South Carolina, told Reuters it is a very exciting time for his crew, as they watched the inauguration at the British Rothera research station on the Antarctic Peninsula. "There certainly is a feeling that this administration will have...

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2009-01-19 08:20:00

Warm, snow-free airstrips in Antarctica have attracted some unwelcome visitors, a group of birds that are now a dangerous threat to planes. Air traffic experts are looking for ways to scare off the south polar skuas, a large and aggressive brown seabird, without harming them. Currently, the birds are protected by the 47-nation Antarctic Treaty, which declares the frozen continent a nature reserve. At the British Rothera research station on the Antarctic Peninsula, about 100 skuas often...

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2009-01-15 13:57:15

Harsh weather, remoteness and even elephant seals in Antarctica can become an obstacle for people living on the continent. On Wednesday, a group of seals lying on the beach delayed what should have been a simple repair of a nearby hut. "You're not supposed to interfere with the seals. So I just make myself a nuisance and hope they'll move on," said John Loines, 56, of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). "It can be intimidating but they usually do move." Loines attempted to repair the...

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2009-01-13 16:50:41

Scientists say the Antarctic Peninsula's most fearsome land predator is a reddish bug called the Rhagidia mite. Although the continent is best known for penguins, seals and whales, the tiny mite is considered it's top predator. Now researchers are stepping up their study of these miniscule creatures in Antarctica for possible early warnings about how climate change may disrupt life around the planet in coming decades. Pete Convey, a biologist at the British Antarctic Survey, said Antarctica...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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