Does Antarctic sea ice growth negate climate change? Scientists say no
In the blue half-light of the Antarctic autumn, a thin film spreads across the continent's coastal waters. It's an embryonic form of sea ice: a mush of microscopic crystals that floats on the dense, salty water of the Southern Ocean. Read more.
What was it like to live on the ice in 1950s?
Three new Antarctic exhibitions will open in Christchurch tomorrow ahead of NZ IceFest arriving in town next month. Read more.
Antarctic Marine Life Mapped in New Atlas: Photos
The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research has just published what it calls the most thorough audit of marine life in the Antarctic Ocean. Read more.
Marine biologists unlock the secrets of Antarctica
Marine biologists from across the world have produced an atlas of sea life in the Antarctic Ocean from microbes to whales, finding thousands of new species in the process. Among the discoveries were crabs that are able to live within the clouds of sulphur emitted by live underwater volcanoes and a new type of barnacle that has stems 50 times longer than its head. Read more.
New Atlas of Southern Ocean Life to Indicate Health of Planet - Scientists
AUCKLAND, August 24 (RIA Novosti), Mark Hirst – A new atlas containing the most comprehensive audit of marine life in the Southern Ocean for 45 years will provide a strong indicator of the health of the rest of the planet, a spokeswoman for the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) told RIA Novosti Sunday. Read more.
'Incredible' rate of polar ice loss alarms scientists
The planet's two largest ice sheets – in Greenland and Antarctica – are now being depleted at an astonishing rate of 120 cubic miles each year. That is the discovery made by scientists using data from CryoSat-2, the European probe that has been measuring the thickness of Earth's ice sheets and glaciers since it was launched by the European Space Agency in 2010. Read more.
Lakes under the ice: Antarctica’s secret garden
A cold breeze blew off the Antarctic plain, numbing the noses and ears of scientists standing around a dark hole in the ice. Flecks of ice crackled off a winch as it reeled the last few metres of cable out of the hole. Two workers in sterile suits leaned over to grab the payload — a cylinder the length of a baseball bat — dangling at the end of the cable. They used a hammer to chip away the ice and a blow drier to thaw part of the assembly. “Did it close?” asked the winch operator. Read more.
Waterloo makes public most complete Antarctic map for climate research
The University of Waterloo has unveiled a new satellite image of Antarctica, and the imagery will help scientists all over the world gain new insight into the effects of climate change. Read more.
Global importance of Antarctica not to be underestimated
The global importance of Antarctica to New Zealand cannot be underestimated, University of Canterbury’s Gateway Antarctica researcher Dr Daniela Liggett says. Read more.
Mysterious penguin disease spreads to Antarctica
Although penguins can’t fly, they still need feathers. Without them, the birds risk succumbing to rain, cold, disease, and even death—which is why researchers are concerned about the recent reappearance of a rare disorder causing the feathers of young penguins to fall out. Read more.