Antarctic

Ancient Mountains Recorded In Antarctic Sandstones Reveal Potential Links To Global Events

A new analysis of sandstones from Antarctica indicates there may be important links between the generation of mountain belts and major transitions in Earth's atmosphere and oceans.
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How The Seafloor Of The Antarctic Ocean Is Changing—and The Climate Is Following Suit

The glacial history of the Antarctic is currently one of the most important topics in climate research. Why? Because worsening climate change raises a key question: How did the ice masses of the southern continent react to changes between cold and...

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Return Of The Lidar

In a peninsula far, far away, a laser shoots into the sky to study the Antarctic atmosphere at Concordia research station.
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How Ice Scouring In The Antarctic Disrupts Ecosystems

Along the Antarctic coast, icebergs regularly break away from glaciers and plunge into the nutrient-rich waters below. Carried by currents and wind, these icebergs then scrape along the bottom of the seafloor, wiping out the marine communities in...
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Monitoring Whales From Space

Scientists have found that studying high-resolution images of whales from space is a feasible way to estimate their populations. A team, led by British Antarctic Survey (BAS), compared satellite images to data collected from traditional ship-based...
Related topics: Space, Polls, Satellites

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This Is The Best Place On Earth To Watch The Stars, But It’s Freezing

Scientists have pinpointed the best place on the planet to stick a telescope, but you wouldn't want to live there. The highest ice dome on the Antarctic Plateau would provide the best view of the cosmos of any spot on Earth. Unfortunately,...
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Astronomers Pinpoint The Best Place On Earth For A Telescope: High On A Frigid Antarctic Plateau

Dome A, the highest ice dome on the Antarctic Plateau, could offer the clearest view on Earth of the stars at night, according to new research. The challenge? The location is one of the coldest and most remote places on Earth.
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Antarctic Methane Is Leaking And The Climate Change Impact Could Be Huge

A new source of methane leaking into the Antarctic ocean has been discovered, with concern about how the greenhouse gas could be driving climate change. Although so-called methane seeps – where the gas bubbles out from an underground reservoir...
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New Study Shows Retreat Of East Antarctic Ice Sheet During Previous Warm Periods

Questions about the stability of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet are a major source of uncertainty in estimates of how much sea level will rise as the Earth continues to warm. For decades, scientists thought the East Antarctic Ice Sheet had remained...

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Microbiome Of Anticancer Compound-producing Marine Invertebrate

Could the cure for melanoma - the most dangerous type of skin cancer -- be a compound derived from a marine invertebrate that lives at the bottom of the ocean? A group of scientists think so, and are looking to the microbiome of an Antarctic...
Related topics: Microbiome, Skin Cancer, Melanoma, Cancer, Oncology

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Plastic ‘has Entered’ Antarctic Terrestrial Food Chain

Scientists have found bits of polystyrene in the guts of tiny, soil-dwelling organisms in the Antarctic, raising concern that microplastics pollution has already “deeply” entered the world’s most remote land-based food systems....

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Hunting Neutrinos In The Antarctic

Neutrinos are some of the strangest particles we have encountered so far. About 100 billion of them are going through every square centimeter on Earth per second but their interaction rate is so low that they can easily zip through the entire...
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Mysterious Anomalies Found Amid Antarctic Ice Finally Explained - Report

While the discovery made by the Antarctic Impulsive Transient Antenna may indeed be interesting, it's probably not of the "Nobel prize-winning" kind, suggested one researcher.
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John Annexstad

John Annexstad "In 1968 he joined the Apollo Space Program in Houston, Texas, as the associate curator for lunar samples (moon rocks). While employed with the Johnson Space Center he led the creation of the Antarctic Meteorite Program to continue...
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Trump Directs Us To Develop Polar Security Icebreaking Fleet For Arctic, Antarctic, White House Says

NATO member states have doubled their military activity in the northern polar region over the past five years, the Russian Foreign Ministry's Ambassador at Large for Arctic Cooperation Nikolay Korchunov said on 22 May.
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Rapid Antarctic Ice Melt In The Past Bodes Ill For The Future

Geological evidence shows glaciers retreated by as much as 6 miles in a year at the end of the last ice age -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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The Yin And Yang Of Holocene Polar Regions

Guest post by Renee Hannon Introduction The Arctic and Antarctic regions are different and yet similar in many ways. The Arctic has ocean surrounded by land and the Antarctic is a continent surrounded by water. Both are cold, glaciated and located...
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The Coast Of Antarctica Is Starting To Turn Green

The Antarctic Peninsula is the northernmost part of Antarctica, and has the mildest climate on the continent. In January, the warmest part of the year, the temperature averages 1 to 2 °C (34 to 36 °F). And it’s getting warmer....
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Video: Isolation In Antarctica

Cold, dark, remote, Antarctica is as close to space as you can get on Earth. Humans conduct research in Antarctic bases on a wide range of topics, from climate studies and astronomy to glaciology and human physiology and psychology.
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Meanwhile, Antarctica's Snow Is Turning Green

On the Antarctic Peninsula, so-called snow algae are turning the snow green.The algae thrive on temperatures just above freezing, which are increasingly common.Antarctica's green snow could lay the groundwork for a whole new ecosystem.First ever...
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