The first complete atlas of marine life in the Southern Ocean
After weeks of going through dusty boxes of old notes and sheltering from sub-zero temperatures and wild winds, hundreds of scientists have produced a world first: 'The Biogeographic Atlas of the Southern Ocean'. Not only does the atlas document life in the ocean, it reveals some astonishing surprises. Read more.
Russia claims Australia has territorial motives for Antarctic reserves
Russia has ramped up its attack on proposed Antarctic marine reserves, alleging they hide the territorial ambitions of countries such as Australia. The head of Russia's Arctic and Antarctic Institute, Valery Lukin, lists the marine plans among moves he says polar territorial claimants are making to advance their interests. Read more.
Antarctic coastal waters 'rising faster'
Melting ice is fuelling sea-level rise around the coast of Antarctica, a new report in Nature Geoscience finds. Near-shore waters went up by about 2mm per year more than the general trend for the Southern Ocean as a whole in the period between 1992 and 2011. Read more.
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.