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Antarctica's warm underbelly revealed

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Fears dozens of newly-discovered volcanoes below Antarctica could ERUPT triggering mass flooding and global chaos

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SEE PICS: 106-year-old 'almost' edible fruitcake found in Antarctica

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Would you take a bite? Edible 100-year-old fruitcake discovered in Antarctica

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A huge iceberg breaks free in ever-shrinking Antarctica

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Q&A: Antarctica's new trillion-tonne iceberg

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Giant iceberg breaks off Antarctica

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This week at Casey: 17 November 2017
It was a Thursday morning as we ventured down to the Casey field store. Today was the day 10 lucky expeditioners were to commence their Antarctic survival training. For most, this was to be their very first taste of the true Antarctic experience away from the the comforts of station life. After dinner, we all retired to bed for a restless sleep, with nothing more than a bivy bag, sleeping bag and 1cm foam mat for comfort   Read More ...
Places: Australia |  Antarctica | 
This week at Davis: 17 November 2017
This week at Davis we came to the end of our season and commenced resupply. In the last week there have been a lot of final visits to the local penguin colony on Gardner Island as we say farewell. This was especially the case after a rare leukistic Adélie was spotted recently. Leucism in birds is a genetic mutation where they lack some pigmentation, particularly in dark feathers, so feathers that should be brown or black are pale or white   Read More ...
Places: Australia |  Antarctica | 
This week at Macquarie Island: 17 November 2017
Macquarie Island Tradies 2017/18. Wayne Scandrett, Plumber. Geoff Wallace, Electrician. David Brett, Building Services Supervisor/Carpenter. A day in the life of the Macca tradies starts in various ways… Wayne has water statistics that get done first up, as well as checking on water levels in the bulk water storage tanks. He also does a quick check on the gas supplies for the kitchen and Hasselborough House, so food can be cooked and clothes can be dried   Read More ...
Places: Australia |  Antarctica | 
'Terra' on the icy highway
The bus will be used to transport expeditioners from Wilkins Aerodrome to Casey research station, 70km away on the coast. Australian Antarctic Division Senior Logistics Officer Paul Endersby said the whole operation ran smoothly. “Even though the RAAF plane is huge, it was still a tight fit to get the 22 tonne bus inside,” Mr Endersby said. Six all terrain balloon tyres weighing half a tonne each and measuring 1   Read More ...
Places: Australia |  Antarctica | 
This week at Mawson: 17 November 2017
This week, eighteen new expeditioners landed on the sea ice at Mawson to kick off the summer program. The seabird science team will continue the long-term monitoring of Adélie penguin populations at Bechervaise Island as Australia's contribution to the international CCAMLR Ecosystem Monitoring Program. The team of scientists will travel to islands along the Mawson coastline and to the Framnes Mountains to collect data on other seabird species including the cape petrel and the snow petrel   Read More ...
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In Antarctica, former Omahan will look to past to help understand our changing climate
The Central High and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate — now a Dallas-based geologist and professor at Southern Methodist University — is bound for Antarctica on a project funded by the National Science Foundation. He’ll be stationed for about 2½ months in a tent camp on the frozen continent’s east side studying rocks so old they predate the dinosaurs and even the existence of the planet’s formation of the seven continents as we know them   Read More ...
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NASA photographs one of the largest icebergs to ever split off from Antarctica
NASA scientists have captured close-up images of a behemoth iceberg that in July detached from one of the largest floating ice shelves in Antarctica. The iceberg is one of the largest in recorded history to split off from Antarctica, and is close to the size of Delaware, consisting of almost four times as much ice as the melting ice sheet of Greenland loses in a year   Read More ...
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Salt pond in Antarctica, among the saltiest waters on Earth, is fed from beneath
At the base of the Transantarctic Mountains lies a geological oddity. Don Juan Pond is one of the saltiest bodies of water on the planet, filled with a dense, syrupy brine rich in calcium chloride that can remain liquid to minus 50 degrees Celsius, far below the freezing point of water. But the source of water and salt to this unusual pond remains a mystery—even as hints emerge that water in a similar form could exist on Mars   Read More ...
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Ancient fossil forest discovered in unlikely place
Antarctica wasn't always a land of ice. Millions of years ago, when the continent was still part of a huge Southern Hemisphere landmass called Gondwana, trees flourished near the South Pole. Now, newfound, intricate fossils of some of these trees are revealing how the plants thrived — and what forests might look like as they march northward in today's warming world   Read More ...
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NASA photographs one of the largest icebergs to ever split off from Antarctica
NASA scientists have captured close-up images of a behemoth iceberg that in July detached from one of the largest floating ice shelves in Antarctica. The iceberg is one of the largest in recorded history to split off from Antarctica, and is close to the size of Delaware, consisting of almost four times as much ice as the melting ice sheet of Greenland loses in a year   Read More ...
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NASA Photographs One Of The Largest Icebergs To Ever Split Off From Antarctica
é 2017 The Washington Post: NASA scientists have captured close-up images of a behemoth iceberg that in July detached from one of the largest floating ice shelves in Antarctica. The iceberg is one of the largest in recorded history to split off from Antarctica, and is close to the size of Delaware, consisting of almost four times as much ice as the melting ice sheet of Greenland loses in a year   Read More ...
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These close-up images from NASA show one of the largest icebergs to ever split off from Antarctica
NASA scientists have captured close-up images of a behemoth iceberg that in July detached from one of the largest floating ice shelves in Antarctica. The iceberg is one of the largest in recorded history to split off from Antarctica, and is close to the size of Delaware, consisting of almost four times as much ice as the melting ice sheet of Greenland loses in a year   Read More ...
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NASA Captures Close-Up Views Of Antarctica’s Spectacular Iceberg
NASA scientists captured close-up views of the Larsen C Ice Shelf and the new massive iceberg that was detached in July from the said biggest floating ice shelves in Antarctica. This new iceberg is named A-68 and considered as one of the largest ever observed on the planet Earth. Nathan Kurtz, a scientist with the NASA Operation Icebridge, said that he was shocked to see that the iceberg looks like still part of the ice shelf   Read More ...
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In Antarctica, geologist will look to past to help understand changing climate
OMAHA, Neb. - Neil Tabor has embarked upon a journey to the geographic end of the world to study a past end of the world (of sorts) in hopes of preventing a future end of the world. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate — now a Dallas-based geologist and professor at Southern Methodist University — is bound for Antarctica on a project funded by the National Science Foundation   Read More ...
Places: United States |  Antarctica |  Nebraska | 
Krill drift with sea ice shelter
Sea ice protects larval krill from predators and carries them to food-rich areas, according to new international research that involved six Australian Antarctic Division personnel. The research, conducted in 2013 onboard the icebreaker Polarstern, as part of a German-led multi-disciplinary project, brought together scientists and support people from eight countries to learn more about sea ice and the marine species associated with it   Read More ...
Places: Australia |  Antarctica | 
Pioneering women honoured in Antarctica
“They thought I was a feminist, but I wasn’t a feminist at all … I just liked wearing trousers!” That seems like a sensible option for Thelma Rodgers who, in 1979, was the first New Zealand woman to spend an entire winter in Antarctica – the coldest place on Earth. “It was hard going, but I was just fascinated with the landscape, it really enthralled me” she says   Read More ...
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Places: New Zealand |  Antarctica | 
Icebreaker Shirase leaves for another voyage to Antarctica
The icebreaker Shirase, operated by the Maritime Self-Defense Force, left Tokyo’s Harumi pier bound for Antarctica on Sunday. Most members of the 59th Antarctic expedition team will board the ship in Australia on Nov. 28. The Shirase will carry a total of about 180 crew members. In 2007, a Japanese mission sampled 720,000-year-old ice at the nation’s Dome Fuji Station in inland Antarctica by drilling through the ice sheet to a depth of 3,035 meters   Read More ...
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NASA's Operation IceBridge studies ice loss in Antarctica
NASA’s Operation IceBridge has been studying how polar ice has evolved over the past nine years and is currently flying a series of nine-hour research flights over West Antarctica to monitor ice loss aboard a retrofitted 1966 Lockheed P-3 aircraft. According to NASA, the current mission targets “sea ice in the Bellingshausen and Weddell seas and glaciers in the Antarctic Peninsula and along the English and Bryan Coasts   Read More ...
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Antarctica's warm underbelly revealed
This is the best map yet produced of the warmth coming up from the rocks underneath the Antarctic ice sheet. This "geothermal heat flux" is key data required by scientists in order to model how the White Continent is going to react to climate change. If the rockbed's temperature is raised, it makes it easier for the ice above to move   Read More ...
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Hobart hosts sub-Antarctic symposium
Scientists from around the globe will gather in Hobart this week for a symposium on the sub-Antarctic Kerguelen sector of the Southern Ocean. The Kerguelen Plateau is the largest submarine plateau in the Southern Ocean and supports many unique sub-Antarctic wildlife, including endemic species of ice fishes, seabirds and marine invertebrates. The Kerguelen Symposium on Marine Ecosystems and Fisheries brings together more than 70 researchers studying in the Australian and French regions of the Kerguelen Plateau   Read More ...
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Icebreaker Shirase leaves for another voyage to Antarctic continent
The icebreaker Shirase, operated by the Maritime Self-Defense Force, left Tokyo’s Harumi pier for Antarctica on Sunday. Most members of the 59th Antarctic expedition team will board the ship in Australia on Nov. 28. The Shirase will carry a total of about 180 crew members. In 2007, a Japanese mission sampled 720,000-year-old ice at the nation's Dome Fuji Station in inland Antarctica by drilling through the ice sheet to a depth of 3,035 meters   Read More ...
Places: Antarctica |  Japan | 
Another iceberg broke off Antarctica. Should we be worried?
One of the largest icebergs ever recorded broke free in Antarctica, and scientists are saying another collapse might have catastrophic consequences. Veuer's Elizabeth Keatinge has the full story. Another iceberg broke off Antarctica over the weekend, just two months after one of the largest ever recorded calved into the ocean. So, should we be worried? Yes and no. While iceberg formation is a natural process — thousands break off each year — the warming waters in Antarctica are cause for concern   Read More ...
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Iceberg 4 times the size of Manhattan breaks off Antarctica
A satellite observation specialist posted a photo to Twitter of the Pine Island Glacier, starting to make a break for it. A 103-square-mile chunk of ice has broken off Antarctica, the latest chunk of massive ice to leave the continent. For comparison, Manhattan is 22.7 square miles— a quarter of the size. disconnected from Pine Island Glacier, a part of West Antarctica that already loses 45 billion tons of ice annually, contributing to sea level rises   Read More ...
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The wind sublimates snowflakes in Antarctica
Researchers have observed and characterized a weather process that was not previously known to occur in Antarctica's coastal regions. It turns out that the katabatic winds that blow from the interior to the margins of the continent reduce the amount of precipitation (mainly snowfall)—which is a key factor in the formation of the ice cap. By forming a very dry layer of air in the first kilometer or so of atmosphere, the winds turn the falling snowflakes during their fall directly from their solid state into water vapor in a process known as sublimation   Read More ...
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NASA's asteroid chaser swings by Earth on way to space rock
NASA's asteroid-chasing spacecraft is swinging by Earth on Friday on its way to a space rock. Launched a year ago, Osiris-Rex was on track to pass within about 11,000 miles (17,700 kilometers) of the home planet Friday afternoon—above Antarctica. It needs Earth's gravity as a slingshot to put it on a path toward the asteroid Bennu. Osiris-Rex should reach the small, roundish asteroid next year and, in 2020, collect some of its gravel for return to Earth   Read More ...
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Tags: Astronomy |  Solar System |  Small Bodies |  Asteroids | 
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David Wood inquest: Antarctic pilot fell down icy crevasse that 'went to infinity'
A helicopter pilot who was on a job when his colleague fell into an Antarctic crevasse felt helpless upon learning the man had dropped into the icy crack, a coronial inquest has heard. Pilot David Wood was rescued from the crevasse after he fell in January 2016, but later died of hypothermia at Australia's Davis Base. He had been working with his fellow pilot Paul Sutton on a routine fuel drop on the Western Ice Shelf   Read More ...
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Helicopter pilot David Wood died of hypothermia in Antarctica, inquest hears
It was supposed to be the helicopter pilot's last tour of Antarctica. To earn a good wage to pay for his children's university education, and a happy retirement with his family in Winnipeg, Canada. For Captain David Wood, 62, the remote continent was not about adventure, his wife Mary Macdonald told an inquest into his death on Tuesday in an emotional statement   Read More ...
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Inquest to open after death of helicopter pilot David Wood in Antarctica
Twenty months after Captain David Wood fell into a crevasse on a remote ice shelf in Antarctica, hearings for the inquest into his death will open on Tuesday in the ACT Coroner's Court. The pilot's death was a reminder of the "hostile, remote and inherently dangerous environment" in which Antarctic employees worked, said environment minister Greg Hunt at the time. Now the inquest will scrutinise the circumstances of his death   Read More ...
Places: Australia |  Antarctica | 
Antarctica: can you help us tell the story?
Antarctica: Valued, Protected, Understood – can you help us tell the story? For the past six-decades, the New Zealand Antarctic programme has taken media, artists and educators to Scott Base to tell the story of New Zealand’s role in Antarctica. Is it your turn to help us in that quest? We’ve now opened applications for this once in a lifetime opportunity – to visit Scott Base during the Antarctic summer of 2018/19 as part of our Community Engagement Programme   Read More ...
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Antarctic Caves Might Host Mysterious Forms Of Life: What’s Inside These ‘Secret’ Caves?
Antarctica is well-known as a frozen, remote land, but new research suggests that the continent’s caves might be home to some “secret” forms of life. According to Popular Mechanics, a multinational team of scientists spotted a vast network of cave systems around Mount Erebus, an active volcano located on Ross Island. Aside from gathering DNA samples belonging to algae, mosses, and tiny invertebrate animals, the researchers also discovered some peculiar DNA sequences that didn’t match up with any known living creature   Read More ...
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Antarctica's ice caves could be hiding undiscovered species of plants and animals
Secret life may be thriving deep below the icy glaciers surrounding the volcanos in Antarctica within the extensive system of caves, researchers say. A new study led by the Australian National University (ANU) used DNA sequencing techniques to forensically analyse soil from the caves, which revealed traces of DNA from algae, mosses and small animals. Researchers say further investigation could unveil new species of plants and animals not discovered before   Read More ...
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Places: Oceania |  Australasia |  Australia |  Antarctica | 
Burnt down research station in Antarctica to be reborn under BRICS cooperation
A burnt down research station in the Antarctica is expected to be reborn next year thanks to cooperation built by the BRICS bloc, which will enable it to continue generating benefits to the globe, even including the southernmost point on the Earth. Under an international contract, a Chinese enterprise will complete the reconstruction of the seriously damaged research station with rich experience and adept skills within only four months during the summer time in the Antarctica   Read More ...
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Places: Antarctica |  Asia |  E. Asia |  China | 
Icebergs: Mathematical model calculates the collapse of shelf ice
Shelf ice, as found in Antarctica, refers to giant floating ice sheets that can span thousands of square kilometres. Pieces break off at their edges which form icebergs in the ocean. In order to more effectively predict these break-offs, in a process known as calving, a research team has developed mathematical models. On the basis of physical factors, it is claimed that these models can be used to predict when and where the ice may collapse   Read More ...
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Sailor Lisa Blair returns to Sydney after record circumnavigation of Antarctica
After more than six months at sea and a record circumnavigation of Antarctica, sailor Lisa Blair will sail through Sydney heads victorious. Ms Blair set off in her yacht Climate Action Now on January 22 determined to become the first woman to sail solo, non-stop and unassisted around Antarctica. But, after 72 days at sea, the mast snapped in rough seas and Ms Blair was forced to motored to a South African port for repairs   Read More ...
Places: Australia |  Antarctica | 
Davis Antarctic base set to end faecal dump into sea with new treatment technology
A new wastewater treatment plant soon to be installed at one of Australia's Antarctic bases will enable the 12-year-old practice of pumping poo and other waste into the ocean to finally come to an end. The $1.5 million "state-of-the-art" technology will "use germ-zapping technologies to process human and kitchen waste into drinkable-quality water that will have minimal impact on the marine environment when it's discharged into the ocean," the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) said   Read More ...
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2.7-million-year-old ice core pulled from Antarctica
A team of researchers from Princeton University, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the University of Maine and Oregon State University has drilled and retrieved a 2.7-million-year-old ice core from a spot in Antarctica. The team presented their findings at this year's Goldschmidt Conference in Paris. Until recently, scientists believed that ice core samples taken from either pole had an age limit of approximately 800,000 years—this was because ice at the bottom melted due to heat from inside the Earth   Read More ...
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Another Climate-Change Nightmare: 91 New Volcanoes Under Antarctica's Ice
Antarctica has been having a rough time of it lately, you may have heard. You know - greenhouse gases, warming oceans, trillion-ton icebergs breaking off the continent like a middle-aged man losing hair in the sink. Not the best century for the old South Pole. And now it turns out Antarctica has problems we didn't even know about. Deep problems   Read More ...
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Places: Antarctica |  India | 
Would You Dare to Eat This 106-Year Old Fruitcake from Antarctica?
What is the most bizarre thing that youve ever eaten The fruitcake is believed to have a very slight rancid butter smell to it The extreme cold in Antarctica has assisted its preservation What is the most bizarre thing that you've ever eaten? Nothing as weird as the recently discovered 106-year old, untouched fruitcake that is believed to be still edible   Read More ...
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Places: Antarctica |  India | 
Fears dozens of newly-discovered volcanoes below Antarctica could ERUPT triggering mass flooding and global chaos
VOLCANOES hidden beneath Antarctic ice have been discovered by researchers – who think 91 could be active and cause flooding. Surveys carried out by scientists at the University of Edinburgh found a range of active volcanoes underneath thick layers of ice. The range is in a region known as the west Antarctic rift system. It could be the densest region of volcanoes in the world – and there are fears they could erupt at any time, reports the Daily Star   Read More ...
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Places: Antarctica |  Europe |  N.W. Europe |  United Kingdom | 
Another climate-change nightmare: 91 new volcanoes beneath Antarctica’s ice
Antarctica has been having a rough time of it lately, you may have heard. You know — greenhouse gases, warming oceans, trillion-ton icebergs breaking off the continent like a middle-aged man losing hair in the sink. Not the best century for the old South Pole. And now it turns out Antarctica has problems we didn't even know about. Deep problems. Volcanoes-under-the-ice problems, which doesn't sound healthy   Read More ...
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