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.
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.