Ice around Antarctica shrank by almost 20%: study

Mar 27, 2015

Ice around Antarctica shrank by almost 20%: study

The ice floating around Antarctica has thinned by nearly 20 percent, according to research published Thursday, depleting the bulwark that prevents the permanent collapse of glaciers covering the southern continent. The study, based on satellite measurements between 1994 and 2012 by the European Space ...

Melting of Antarctica glaciers accelerates

Dec 5, 2014

Melting of Antarctica glaciers accelerates

Glaciers are melting fast in one part of Antarctica, where their melt-rate has tripled over the past decade, a study shows. Glaciers in the Amundsen Sea in West Antarctica are losing ice faster than another part of Antarctica and are the biggest contributor to ...

Cute chick rover: A new way to spy on shy penguins

Nov 3, 2014

Cute chick rover: A new way to spy on shy penguins

The newest tool for biologists is the baby penguin robotic spy. It’s pretty darn cute, and so convincing that penguins essentially talk to it, as if it is a potential mate for their chicks. Emperor penguins are notoriously shy. When researchers approach, these penguins ...

Nov 1, 2014

Antarctic marine reserve plans again fail to move ahead

Environmental groups said Saturday that Russia and China had blocked a plan to create the world’s largest marine reserve in a vast swath of ocean off the coast of Antarctica. The countries that make decisions about Antarctic fishing finished a 10-day meeting late Friday ...

Oct 27, 2014

China reportedly to build Antarctic airfield

China is to build its own airfield in Antarctica, media reported Monday, as Beijing continues to expand its footprint in the most remote corners of the globe. The airstrip will be built to assist China’s four research stations on the frozen continent, the Beijing ...

Thaw reveals Antarctic explorer's century-old notebook

Oct 23, 2014

Thaw reveals Antarctic explorer's century-old notebook

A photographic notebook from Robert Scott’s ill-fated Antarctic expedition has been found after a century trapped in the ice of the frozen continent, New Zealand’s Antarctic Heritage Trust said. It belonged to scientist George Murray Levick and was discovered outside Scott’s 1911 Terra Nova ...

Sep 12, 2014

Warmer air caused ice shelf collapse off Antarctica

Warmer air triggered the collapse of a huge ice shelf off Antarctica in 2002, according to a report on Thursday that may help scientists predict future break-ups around the frozen continent. Antarctica is a key to sea level rise, which threatens coastal areas around ...

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 ...