Kiwis in Antarctica: Secrets of the ice world
This month, 950 scientists from nearly 40 countries will be in New Zealand for high-level meetings on Antarctic research. Science reporter Jamie Morton highlights eight projects that show how Kiwi researchers are playing a leading role on the frozen frontier. Read more.
This Is the New Worst-Case Scenario for Ice Loss in Antarctica
In May of this year, a pair of science studies caught the world by surprise. Together, their evidence confirmed a key Antarctic glacier has likely passed“the point of no return" and is beginning to destabilize. The conclusion was stark: Irreversible collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet has begun, locking in at least 10 feet of sea level rise over the next several hundred years. Read more.
Minke Whales Feast Under Antarctic Ice, Study Finds
Minke whales have been discovered feasting furiously under Antarctic sea ice in a hunting strategy not seen before, scientists report. Read more.
Barrientos Island In Antarctica Has Penguins, But No Ice
This island is in a very cold place, but you won't see much snow. Antarctica is a desert (albeit a polar one) and while it is the "largest single mass of ice on Earth," it still has a few spots without ice, specifically Barrientos Island, which is hidden in the Aitcho Islands. These ice-free, frigid sections of land are some of the "coldest and driest places on Earth" and look nothing like the Antarctica we'd imagined. Read more.
Antarctica’s frozen ground receptive to tremors from distant epicenter
The frozen ice surface of Antarctica is receptive to tremors and seismic waves from distant earthquakes, researchers said after finding crucial leads from the 2010 earthquake in Chile that was responsible for the icequakes in the cold continent. Read more.
Study Indicates 2010 Chilean Earthquake Caused Tremors In Antarctic Ice Sheet
A massive earthquake that affected the Maule region of Chile in February 2010 also unleashed a series of smaller seismic events known as “icequakes” nearly 3,000 to the south in Antarctica, a team of researchers report in a new Nature Geoscience study. Read more.
Amazing photos of newborn whale calves playing in the waters off the South Australian coast
It's playtime! Amazing photos give a rare glimpse of newborn southern right whale calves, swimming with their parents in the beautiful blue waters off the coast of South Australia. Read more.
Polar research: Six priorities for Antarctic science
Mahlon C. Kennicutt II, Steven L. Chown and colleagues outline the most pressing questions in southern polar research, and call for greater collaboration and environmental protection in the region. Read more.
Enhanced international cooperation needed in Antarctica, scientists say
Countries need to work together to ensure Antarctic research continues and key questions on the region are answered, researchers say. Read more.
South America's Growing Interest in Antarctica Drives Polar Ship Buys
Colombia is set to join its South American neighbors in their plans to upgrade Antarctic assets and establishments, which are opening bases and buying polar ships. Read more.