Tag - antarctica



Chinstrap penguins in Orne Harbour in the western Antarctic peninsula in March 2016
Dec 1, 2023
Antarctic chinstrap penguins get by on just secondslong micronaps
Falling asleep while guarding a nest can spell doom for the eggs and later the chicks, but the species has an ingenious way of getting enough sleep.
A Satellite image shows the world's largest iceberg, named A23a, in Antarctica on Nov. 15.
WORLD / Science & Health
Nov 25, 2023
World's largest iceberg breaks free and heads toward Southern Ocean
At almost 4,000 square kilometers (1,500 square miles), the Antarctic iceberg called A23a is roughly three times the size of New York City.
People attend the launch ceremony of China's first domestically built polar icebreaker Xuelong 2, or Snow Dragon 2, at a shipyard in Shanghai in 2018.
WORLD / Politics
Nov 1, 2023
Biggest Chinese Antarctic fleet sets off to build research station
The vessels — the largest flotilla deployed by Beijing to the Antarctic — will focus on building China's fifth station on the continent.
An iceberg in the Weddell Sea, near the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. Researchers say they have detected buried under the continent's ice sheet a vast ancient landscape.
WORLD / Science & Health
Oct 26, 2023
Ancient landscape formed by rivers seen deep under Antarctic ice
Researchers say they have detected buried under the continent's ice sheet a vast ancient landscape, replete with valleys and ridges.
The bird flu virus was most likely brought by birds returning from their migration to South America, where there has been a huge number of cases, British experts have said.
WORLD / Science & Health
Oct 25, 2023
Bird flu detected in Antarctica region for first time
Scientists had been fearing that the worst outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza would reach Antarctica, a key breeding ground for many birds.
Emperor penguin chicks perished at multiple breeding grounds in Antarctica last year, drowning or freezing to death when sea ice was eroded by global warming.
Sep 3, 2023
Our addiction to fossil fuels is killing baby penguins
Global warming is decimating sea ice and, with it, baby penguins. But why should we care about this and other species dying off?
National Forest and Wild Fauna Service personnel check on a sea lion, amidst rising cases bird flu infections in Peru in February 2023.
WORLD / Science & Health
Aug 31, 2023
After racing across continents, bird flu threatens Antarctica
Unlike earlier versions of bird flu, H5N1 has also spread widely in wild birds and routinely spilled over into wild mammals.
Japan Times
Aug 30, 2022
Greenland already locked in to major sea level rise, study says
Regardless of any future fossil fuel pollution, warming to date will cause the Greenland ice sheet to shed 3.3% of its volume, committing 27.4 centimeters to sea level rise.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Mar 26, 2022
Thinning Antarctic ice shelf finally crumbles after heat wave
Satellite images show the 1,200 square-kilometer Conger Ice Shelf in east Antarctica collapsed completely on or around March 15.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Mar 17, 2022
Seals help Japanese researchers collect data under Antarctic ice
The seals were equipped with a head-mounted conductivity, temperature and depth sensor between March and November 2017, allowing scientists to collect observation data.
Japan Times
Feb 25, 2022
Burgeoning krill fishery may threaten marine wildlife in the Antarctic
The icy waters off Antarctica are estimated to hold between 300 million and 500 million tons of krill — nearly as heavy as all of the world's cattle.
Japan Times
LIFE / Travel
Sep 15, 2020
Japanese researcher fulfills dream as a 'winterover' at South Pole
Yuya Makino is spending the six-month winter season hunting for neutrinos in Antarctica.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
May 20, 2020
Climate change turning Antarctica's snow green
Antarctica conjures images of an unbroken white wilderness but blooms of algae are giving parts of the frozen continent an increasingly green tinge.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Apr 15, 2020
'Isolated within isolation': Keeping the coronavirus out of Antarctica
In the frozen and desolate expanse of Antarctica, Alejandro Valenzuela Pena is used to a feeling of isolation. Now, however, that has taken on a new meaning as the only continent still free from the coronavirus looks to keep the pandemic out.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jan 6, 2020
Japanese icebreaker Shirase reaches Showa Station in Antarctica for climate study
The Shirase, a Japanese icebreaker, has reached Showa Station, the nation's Antarctic research facility.
Nov 28, 2019
New Zealand apologizes for 1979 Antarctic plane disaster
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern apologized on Thursday for the then-government's handling of a plane crash in Antarctica 40 years ago that took the lives of 257 people in the country's worst peacetime disaster.
Japan Times
Dec 14, 2018
Two technicians die at U.S. McMurdo research station in Antarctica
Two technicians performing maintenance at a U.S. research station in Antarctica died on Wednesday while working on a building that houses a generator for a nearby radio transmitter, the National Science Foundation (NSF) said.
Nov 1, 2018
China expands its presence in Antarctica
It is essential that China be a good citizen of Antarctica, and honor the legal and diplomatic conventions that govern behavior there.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jul 20, 2018
Ghostly neutrinos offer new view of universe as scientists find deep-space source
A breakthrough in the study of ghostly particles called high-energy neutrinos that traverse space, zipping unimpeded through people, planets and whole galaxies, is giving scientists an audacious new way to expand our understanding of the cosmos.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jun 22, 2018
Thaw of Antarctic ice lifts up land by up to 4 cm a year, might slow sea level rise: scientists
Antarctica's bedrock is rising surprisingly fast as a vast mass of ice melts into the oceans, a trend that might slow an ascent in sea levels caused by global warming, scientists said on Thursday.


Yayoi Kusama’s “Pumpkin,” once the victim of high waves that dragged it into the sea, sits at the end of a pier on the south side of Naoshima.
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