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.
Ancient Species Of Penguin Would Have Been Taller Than Humans
Imagine a human-sized penguin. That might not be far-fetched: A recent fossil find in Antarctica sheds light on an ancient species of penguin that measured at least 6 feet tall and weighed around 250 pounds. Read more.
Antarctic Ice Sheet First Grew with Decreasing CO2 in the Ancient Past
Scientists have managed to overturn a 40-year-old theory about the Antarctic glaciation that occurred 34 million years ago. It turns out that this increase in ice was caused by decreased carbon dioxide levels, which could shed a bit more light on current climate shifts. Read more.