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In the Antarctic, It Was
70 Degrees Above Normal
Mar 21, 2022 7:52 AM CDT
In the Antarctic, It Was 70 Degrees Above Normal
'Antarctic climatology has been rewritten'
- Based on their public reactions, it doesn't seem too much of a stretch to say that weather scientists' minds are blown by how warm things got over the weekend at the north and south poles. In the north, temperatures at some Arctic stations were about 50 degrees above normal,...
'We Have Made Polar History':
The Endurance Is Found
Mar 9, 2022 8:33 AM CST
'We Have Made Polar History': The Endurance Is Found
Incredibly well-preserved shipwreck discovered some 10K feet down in Weddell Sea
- Ernest Shackleton wrote that his ship the Endurance sank in "the worst portion of the worst sea" in 1915. Now, more than a century later, its wreckage has been found some four miles from where the ship's captain believed it went down. "We have made polar history...
Search Is On for the
'Most Unreachable Wreck'
Feb 6, 2022 10:40 AM CST
Search Is On for the 'Most Unreachable Wreck'
Team heads to Weddell Sea to find Ernest Shackleton's 'Endurance'
- Ernest Shackleton set off for Antarctica in 1914, hoping to be the first person to cross the frozen continent . He didn't even get to try. In early 1915, his ship
became stuck in pack ice in the Weddell Sea, about 100 miles from Vahsel Bay, before sinking to...
'How Come No One
Has Ever Seen This Before?'
Jan 14, 2022 8:57 AM CST
'How Come No One Has Ever Seen This Before?'
Scientists were amazed by 60M icefish nests found in Antarctic
- Before a research expedition to Antarctica's Weddell Sea last year, the biggest icefish colony scientists had ever seen contained around 60 nests. They were amazed to discover an icefish metropolis with an estimated 60 million active nests spread out over an area bigger than Seattle. Around three-quarters of the...
Antarctica Research Station
Hit by COVID Outbreak
Jan 3, 2022 3:37 PM CST
Antarctica Research Station Hit by COVID Outbreak
At least 16 workers at Belgian station are infected
- One of the most isolated places on the planet has been hit by a coronavirus outbreak—but all the cases detected at the Princess Elisabeth Polar Station in Antarctica have been mild and workers at the Belgian station are planning to stay put. At least 16 out of the 25...
Swims 1.8K Miles
to New Zealand
Nov 12, 2021 8:42 AM CST
Antarctic Penguin Swims 1.8K Miles to New Zealand
And after some rest and a fish smoothie, 'Pingu' was returned to the water
- Harry Singh thought he'd discovered a child's toy on a beach on New Zealand's South Island. Then it moved its head. What he'd actually found was a tired Adélie penguin, which had the BBC reports apparently traveled some 1,800 miles from its home on...
Even for Antarctica,
It Was a Cold Winter
Oct 9, 2021 3:40 PM CDT
Even for Antarctica, It Was a Cold Winter
Experts say it doesn't change the forecast for global warming
- Bucking the global trend, Antarctica just recorded its coldest six months on record. "For the polar darkness period, from April through September, the average temperature was -60.9 degrees Celsius (-77.6 degrees Fahrenheit)," the National Snow and Ice Data Center reported. During that period, the sun sets...
Hasn't Had Any
Oct 7, 2021 8:17 AM CDT
One Continent Hasn't Had Any COVID Vaccines. Until Now
AstraZeneca doses delivered to 2 dozen staffers at UK's Rothera Research Station in Antarctica
- For all of the Southern Hemisphere's winter season, nearly two dozen staffers have been huddled together at the UK's Rothera Research Station in Antarctica, managing to avoid the coronavirus that continues to make its rounds through the rest of the world. This week, a delivery was made to...
Earth Has a Fifth Ocean
in case you missed it
Jun 12, 2021 6:30 AM CDT
Earth Has a Fifth Ocean
'National Geographic' recognizes the Southern Ocean, officially
- To mark World Oceans Day on Tuesday,
officially recognized the Southern Ocean as the planet's fifth ocean, CBS News reports. Sometimes called the Antarctic Ocean or the Austral Ocean, the Southern Ocean is the body of water that surrounds Antarctica. All five of Earth's oceans—the...
Behold, the World's
(New) Biggest Iceberg
May 20, 2021 1:14 PM CDT
Behold, the World's (New) Biggest Iceberg
Newly calved A-76 is in the Antarctic
- A giant chunk of ice has broken off from an ice shelf in the Antarctic, so gigantic that it now qualifies as the world's biggest iceberg, according to the European Space Agency . The berg named A-76 "calved" from the Ronne Ice Shelf in the Weddell Sea. It's...
Scientists Make Unexpected
Find Deep Under Antarctic Ice
in case you missed it
Feb 21, 2021 12:00 PM CST
Scientists Make Unexpected Find Deep Under Antarctic Ice
'They’re definitely living in a place where we wouldn’t expect them to be living'
- Researchers working in Antarctica have made an unexpected discovery: colonies of stationary animals—likely sponges and related creatures—attached to a boulder deep beneath the ice, NBC reports. Geologists boring through the 3,000-foot-thick ice of the Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf to take sediment samples from the ocean floor ran into...
Found: His Wallet
Half a Century Ago
Feb 5, 2021 10:41 AM CST
Found: His Wallet From Antarctica Half a Century Ago
Former Navy forecaster Paul Grisham gets a surprise in the mail
- Paul Grisham lost his wallet so long ago, in 1968, that he couldn't actually remember losing it, let alone remember what was in it. Luckily, he's been reunited with the brown leather billfold—and a recipe for homemade Kahlua—after it turned up in Antarctica. Grisham, a 91-year-old...
Dec 31, 2020 2:45 PM CST
Scientists Slam 'Flag-Waving' Antarctica Airport Project
It could start a destructive 'construction race'
- Australia is planning to build a new airport in Antarctica—but scientists say a project that would involve displacing penguin colonies and using more than 115,000 tons of concrete sets a very bad precedent. Environmental scientists say the project at the Davis research station would add an estimated 40%...
Virus Reaches Antarctica,
Completing Its Sweep
Dec 22, 2020 2:54 PM CST
Virus Reaches Antarctica, Completing Its Sweep
36 people at Chilean research station test positive
- The last coronavirus-free continent has reported its first cases. There have now been 36 infections in Antarctica, all tied to a Chilean research base. The cases were uncovered after symptoms began emerging at Base General Bernardo O’Higgins Riquelme; 26 Chilean army members and 10 maintenance workers tested positive. They...
on Collision Course
Nov 5, 2020 1:03 PM CST
Giant Iceberg on Collision Course With Island
Antarctica's South Georgia isle is hoping for a course correction soon
- An Antarctic island could soon meet an enormous and unwelcome visitor. An iceberg about the size of Delaware looks to be heading for British Overseas Territory of South Georgia. The iceberg known as A-68A separated from the Larsen C ice shelf in July 2017. It's lost a couple of...
First US Flight Since May
Lands in Antarctica
Sep 14, 2020 4:57 PM CDT
First US Flight Since May Lands in Antarctica
It's the only continent still virus-free
- The first US flight into Antarctica following months of winter darkness arrived Monday with crews taking extra precautions to keep out the coronavirus. Antarctica is the only continent without the virus, and there is a global effort to make sure incoming scientists and workers don’t bring it with them....
Penguins' First Home
Isn't What We Thought
Aug 18, 2020 10:55 AM CDT
Penguins' First Home Isn't What We Thought
Researchers trace origin to Australia, New Zealand, not Antarctica, some 22M years ago
- Penguins have had quite the journey, from Australia some 22 million years ago to modern-day Antarctica, according to a new study. With help from institutions around the world, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, analyzed blood and tissue samples from 18 species of penguins, finding that the animals originated...
Emperor Penguin Poop
Reveals Hidden Colonies
Aug 5, 2020 9:30 AM CDT
Emperor Penguin Poop Reveals Hidden Colonies
On the downside, all are in fragile areas
- Good news following a massive breeding failure of emperor penguins: There are 20% more colonies in Antarctica than previously known. They were discovered thanks to patches of penguin poop so large they could be seen from space. The red-brown guano left behind on ice, captured in high-resolution images from a...
Seeing Green Snow
May 20, 2020 6:55 PM CDT
Antarctica Is Seeing Green Snow
Algae is thriving as the continent heats up
- Antarctica is getting slushier and the snow is getting greener, according to scientists using satellite data to map blooms of algae. The BBC reports that a study of the Antarctic Peninsula and surrounding islands found about 1,700 large algae blooms covering a total of nearly 1 square mile—though...
In Antarctica, 'We Are
Isolated Within Isolation'
May 14, 2020 7:41 AM CDT
In Antarctica, 'We Are Isolated Within Isolation'
Researchers are trying to keep continent virus-free
- Antarctica is the only continent without confirmed coronavirus cases—and the hundreds of people spending the winter at research stations there want to keep it that way. Some 29 countries have a total of around 80 bases in Antarctica, but all intra-base visits have been called off amid fears the...
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