Antarctic

Expert Judgement Provides Better Understanding Of The Effect Of Melting Ice Sheets

Melting ice sheets in Greenland and the Antarctic, and subsequent sea level rise (SLR) this will cause, is widely recognised as posing a significant threat to coastal communities and ecosystems.

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New Data On Underwater Volcanoes In Bransfield Strait, Antarctica

Scientists from the University of Granada (UGR) have successfully obtained images of the structure of two of the most important submarine volcanoes in the Bransfield Strait, Antarctica. The study was part of the 2018-19 Spanish Antarctic Expedition,...
Related topics: Volcanoes, Antarctica (science)

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Drilling The Seabed Below Earth's Most Powerful Ocean Current

The Antarctic Circumpolar Current is the planet's most powerful and arguably most important. It is the only one to flow clear around the globe without getting diverted by any landmass, sending up to 150 times the flow of all the world's rivers...
Related topics: Space

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Penguin Poop Helps Biodiversity Bloom In Antarctica

Ammonia from penguin poop gets carried on Antarctic winds, fertilizing mosses and lichens as far as a mile away. Christopher Intagliata reports.  -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
Related topics: Biodiversity, Antarctica (science)

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A New 200‐year Spatial Reconstruction Of West Antarctic Surface Mass Balance

Antarctica consisted of a large Eastern ice sheet, a smaller Western ice sheet and the Antarctic peninsula. The Eastern ice sheet has been slightly gaining ice from 1992, but the Western ice sheet mass trend is more uncertain. A new paper published...
Related topics: Antarctica (science)

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Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin May Have Big (possibly Moon-related) News Next Week

Blue Origin is apparently set to make a big announcement next week, and the only clue we have to go on is a photo of famed Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton's ship, the Endurance.
Related topics: Jeff Bezos, Moon, Space, Science Photos

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This Antarctic Meteorite Holds A Tiny Speck Of Stardust That's Older Than The Solar System

This speck of primeval stardust may hold clues about the origin of the solar system.
Related topics: Meteorites, Space

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Global Warming: World’s Largest Penguin Species In Antarctic ‘breeding Failure’

An important emperor penguin breeding area in the Antarctic has seen almost no hatchlings since 2016, according to a new study.
Related topics: Global Warming

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Study: Increase In Antarctic Sea Ice Due To Changes In Cloud Cover

Increased cloud cover acts as a blanket, keeping heat in, less clouds allows cooling and more ice. BEIJING, April 26 (Xinhua) — Researchers have discovered that lower cloud coverage in the Antarctic can promote sea ice growth. Unlike the rapid...
Related topics: Scientific Discoveries

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Why Did @blueorigin Tweet A Picture Of Shackleton's "endurance"?

This cryptic tweet from @BlueOrigin means something. This is Shackleton's ship "Endurance" from the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1914-17. Either Jeff Bezos found it, is looking for it, or he's going to do something at the...
Related topics: Jeff Bezos

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Antarctica: The Final Frontier For Marine Biological Invasions?

A new study looking at the implications of increased shipping activity and the impact on Antarctic marine biodiversity is published this week in the journal Global Change Biology. The research is an important step in the quest to understand whether...
Related topics: Antarctica (science), Biodiversity

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Turducken Space Rock: Antarctic Meteorite Hid Comet Inside Asteroid Remains

Our solar system is a whopping 4.5 billion years old. And those earliest days were some of the most interesting for astronomers. That's when the planets formed, building from dust grains into the whole worlds that now populate our space...
Related topics: Space, Meteorites, Comets, Asteroids

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The Curious Case Of The Southern Ocean And The Peer-reviewed Journal

By Mike Jonas The Paper What seems like a very long time ago, I downloaded surface temperature data for the Southern Oceans to see if I could find, and learn anything useful from, the patterns of the AAO (AntArctic Oscillation). I fairly quickly got...

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Giant Antarctic Sea Spiders Weather Warming By Getting Holey

Scientists have wondered for decades why marine animals that live in the polar oceans and the deep sea can reach giant sizes there, but nowhere else. University of Hawai'i at Manoa zoology Ph.D. student Caitlin Shishido, with UH researcher Amy Moran...

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European Researchers To Drill For Ancient Antarctic Ice

A group of 14 European scientific institutions plan to retrieve the world's oldest ice as part of research into past climate change.

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Why Scientists Prize Plant, Animal Genomes

Just about every week, it seems, scientists publish the unique DNA code of some creature or plant. Just in February, they published the genome for the strawberry, the paper mulberry tree, the great white shark and the Antarctic blackfin...
Related topics: DNA, Genetics

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An Absolutely Stunning Timelapse Of A Brilliantly Glowing Antarctic Aurora Australis Over The South...

Filmmaker Martin Heck of Timestorm Films (previously) has captured hard-won footage of the absolutely gorgeous Aurora Australis taken from the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station in an absolutely frigid environment. As Heck indicates, the aurora...
Related topics: Aurora

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‘game-changing’ Network Of Under-ice Lakes Discovered In Antarctic

An International scientific mission has come across a massive amount of subglacial water that could significantly impact the predictions of the consequences of climate change, as the studied glacier alone drains an area of Antarctica that contains...
Related topics: Scientific Discoveries, Antarctica (science)

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Antarctic Snowfall Dominated By A Few Extreme Snowstorms

A new study reveals the importance of a small number of intense storms around Antarctica in controlling the amount of snow falling across the continent.
Related topics: Antarctica (science)

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Scientists Study Ancient Icebergs For Clues About Modern Climate Change

More than two dozen researchers are on their way to Antarctica to collect clues from ancient icebergs. The greatest mass of freshwater on Earth, if the 5.4 million-square-mile Antarctic Ice Sheet were to […] The post Scientists Study Ancient...
Related topics: Icebergs, Antarctica (science)

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