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 ...

Antarctic glacier 'melting irreversibly'

Jan 13, 2014

Antarctic glacier 'melting irreversibly'

Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier, one of the biggest single contributors to world sea-level rise, is melting irreversibly and could add as much as 1 cm to ocean levels in 20 years, a study said Sunday. The glacier “has started a phase of self-sustained retreat ...

Jan 9, 2014

Ice rescue spotlights Antarctic tours

The challenging rescue operation that was launched after a Russian ship became trapped in Antarctic pack ice last month shows the inherent risks facing the frozen continent’s burgeoning tourist industry, experts on the region say. Antarctica represents one of the last frontiers for adventurous ...

Antarctic rescue mission ends safely

Jan 3, 2014

Antarctic rescue mission ends safely

Australian authorities expressed relief Friday after 52 passengers were safely rescued by helicopter from a Russian ship stranded in Antarctic ice, saying the dramatic mission had been difficult and complex.

Antarctica in August '10 set record low minus 94.7: NASA data

Dec 10, 2013

Antarctica in August '10 set record low minus 94.7: NASA data

Newly analyzed data from East Antarctica say the remote region has set a record for soul-crushing cold. The record, set in August 2010, is minus 94.7 Celsius (minus 135.8 degrees Fahrenheit), according to a new look at NASA satellite data. Then on July 31 ...

Nov 18, 2013

U.S. shutdown stalled research

When the U.S. government shut down in October, American researchers in the Antarctic lost an entire critical season in the field — and a year of data collection — because they can’t get there. Contracts for support personnel were canceled by the shutdown, and ...