Aug 16, 2014

Minke whales' feeding frenzy observed

Antarctic minke whales engage in an underwater feeding frenzy, filling their huge mouths up to 100 times an hour as they gorge on prawnlike krill during the summer, new research showed Friday. The Australian Antarctic Division said it was the first time that the ...

West Antarctic glacier thaw now 'irreversible,' study finds

May 13, 2014

West Antarctic glacier thaw now 'irreversible,' study finds

Vast glaciers in West Antarctica seem to be locked in an irreversible thaw linked to global warming that may push up sea levels for centuries, scientists said on Monday. Six glaciers, eaten away from below by a warming of sea waters around the frozen ...

East Antarctica at risk of thaw

May 5, 2014

East Antarctica at risk of thaw

Part of East Antarctica is more vulnerable than expected to a thaw that could trigger an unstoppable slide of ice into the ocean and raise world sea levels for thousands of years, a study Sunday showed. The Wilkes Basin in East Antarctica, stretching more ...

Volcanoes helped species survive ice ages: study

Mar 15, 2014

Volcanoes helped species survive ice ages: study

The steam and heat from volcanoes allowed species of plants and animals to survive past ice ages, a study showed March 11, offering help for scientists dealing with climate change. An international team of researchers said their analysis helped explain a long-running mystery about ...

China opens fourth Antarctic research station

Feb 10, 2014

China opens fourth Antarctic research station

China’s fourth Antarctic research station — the flying saucer-shaped Taishan — has officially opened, in another step for the country’s exploration ambitions in both Earth and space. The station, named for one of China’s five sacred mountains, sits at an altitude of 2,600 meters ...