Antarctica

Antarctica
Wednesday, April 8th 2015 - 16:12 UTC

Falklands, South Atlantic islands, Antarctica included in new Tierra del Fuego official map

Governor Fabiana Rios sent the bill for approval by the provincial legislative in Ushuaia, most probably with the blessings from Buenos Aires

Argentina's most southern province identified as Tierra del Fuego, Antarctica and South Atlantic islands is redesigning its internal political limits with the purpose of “contributing to the territorial sovereignty of the Nation”, according to a bill sent to the provincial legislative by governor Fabiana Ríos and drafted with help from the Malvinas Question Advisory Observatory.

Saturday, March 28th 2015 - 11:52 UTC

Antarctica floating ice shelves thinning at an unexpected accelerated rate

Scientists have their best view yet of the status of Antarctica's floating ice shelves and they find them to be thinning at an accelerating rate. Fernando Paolo and colleagues used 18 years of data from European radar satellites to compile their assessment.

Monday, March 23rd 2015 - 22:51 UTC

New Antarctic affairs academic journal, sponsored by ASOC and Agenda Antarctica

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Elsa Cabrera explores the decision of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), ruling on illegal Antarctic whaling carried out by the Japanese government.<br />

The Journal of Antarctic Affairs is the new academic magazine of the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC) and Agenda Antarctica. The Journal aims to publish and disseminate the most prominent and influential research in relation to Antarctica by publishing articles, reviews and official documents in both English and Spanish twice a year.

Wednesday, March 18th 2015 - 13:17 UTC

First call for proposals from Antarctic Wildlife Research Fund

The Antarctic Wildlife Research Fund aims to improve the science-based understanding of the role of krill in the Antarctic ecosystem and the scientific basis for krill fishery management.

The Antarctic Wildlife Research Fund (AWR) issued this week its first call for proposals, inviting applications from scientific researchers who can aid in determining the impact of the krill fishing industry on the Antarctic marine ecosystem. Such research will serve to ensure ecosystem protection, while improving the management basis for the fishery.

Saturday, February 28th 2015 - 07:03 UTC

HMS Protector in cleanup and surveying tasks in South Georgia

HMS Protector at anchor off Grytviken Harbour

The men and women of HMS Protector have helped the South Georgia Government by carrying out a beach cleanup and glacier survey. 700 miles east of the Falklands, South Georgia is a crescent shaped island with magnificent scenery and wildlife. But over the years debris from several shipwrecks has been washed up on the island’s beaches.

Saturday, February 28th 2015 - 06:48 UTC

Falklands historic link to Antarctica exploration unveiled in unique memorial

Governor Roberts, MLA Cheek, and Roderick Rhys-Jones, chairman of the British Antarctic Monument Trust, at the unveiling ceremony

The Falkland Islands historic link as the gateway for British Antarctic exploration was acknowledged this week with the dedication in Stanley's Dockyard Point of the southern component of a unique memorial to the 28 men and one woman of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), and before that the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey (FIDS) who have perished in the Antarctic since the establishment by the British Government of the first permanent research base there in 1944.

Friday, February 20th 2015 - 04:37 UTC

IAATO tests protocols in Antarctic Search and Rescue exercise with RCCNZ

In the scenario MV Ortelius, operated by Oceanwide Expeditions, reported an engine room fire that caused a temporary loss of power and eight casualties

The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) and two member operators, Oceanwide Expeditions and Heritage Expeditions, took part in a live Search and Rescue (SAR) Exercise in collaboration with Maritime New Zealand’s Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) on Feb. 12.

Thursday, February 19th 2015 - 06:15 UTC

Sculptures dedicated to 29 Britons who lost their lives in Antarctica service

Oliver Barratt is the sculptor of the Northern and Southern sections of the Antarctic Monument

A two-part sculpture dedicated to Britons who lost their lives in service of science in Antarctica will be unveiled by a Watford man. Brian Dorsett-Bailey, 75, will officially reveal one of the monuments at Stanley in the Falkland Islands in tribute to the 29 people who have died in British Antarctic Territory, reports the Watford Observer.

Thursday, February 19th 2015 - 00:01 UTC

China celebrates 30 years of first research station in Antarctica

The Great Wall on King George Island was the first Chinese scientific station in Antarctica opened in 1985 (Pic M. Foote)

China is preparing to mark 30 years of polar expeditions, when on 20 February 1985 opened its first permanent research station in Antarctica, The Great Wall on King George Island. Since then China has continued to advance and is now planning the fifth permanent station.

Monday, February 16th 2015 - 08:20 UTC

US icebreaker Polar Star rescues Australian longliner trapped in Antarctic ice

The 63-metre Antarctic Chieftain longliner damaged its propeller after hitting an iceberg and was stranded about 1,500 kilometres NE of McMurdo Sound

An Australian fishing vessel that was stranded in Antarctic ice for a week with a damaged propeller is expected to make its way to New Zealand under its own power.The 63-metre Antarctic Chieftain longliner damaged its propeller after hitting an iceberg and was stranded about 1,500 kilometres north-east of McMurdo Sound with 26 people on board.

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