Antarctica

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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.

Thursday, January 29th 2015 - 19:38 UTC

Funds for South Georgia habitat restoration program; third phase begins February

The SGHT Habitat Restoration Project was started in 2011 and will cost around £7.5 million in total.

The South Georgia Heritage Trust (SGHT) has been awarded a quarter of a million pounds towards the final phase of the Habitat Restoration, or rodent eradication Project, reports South Georgia's Newsletter. The third phase of the several years program is scheduled to begin in February.

Tuesday, January 27th 2015 - 19:20 UTC

HMS Dragon helicopter helps track remaining reindeer in South Georgia

The Type 45 destroyer was on her first visit to South Georgia over Christmas

HMS Dragon made her first visit to South Georgia over Christmas, reports the South Georgia newsletter in its December edition. The Type 45 air defense destroyer had a Westland Lynx helicopter on board which was used to survey the Barff Peninsula for any remaining reindeer ahead of the arrival of the Norwegian SNO marksmen.

Tuesday, January 27th 2015 - 18:45 UTC

Eighteen cruise ships with 2.000 passengers call at South Georgia

The period between Christmas and New Year was especially busy with 10 vessels visiting. (Pic J. Fowler)

There were 24 harbor visits to Grytviken during December, the majority, eighteen, from cruise ships and charter yachts which between them brought nearly 2000 passengers to visit South Georgia, according to the SG Newsletter.

Tuesday, January 27th 2015 - 07:21 UTC

Largest glacier in East Antarctica melting fast because of warm ocean water

The 120-kilometre long Totten Glacier, which is more than 30 kilometers wide, had been thought to be in an area untouched by warmer currents

The largest glacier in East Antarctica, containing ice equivalent to a six-meter rise in global sea levels, is melting due to warm ocean water, Australian scientists said on Monday.

Monday, January 26th 2015 - 21:39 UTC

State of the art polar vessel for BAS to be delivered in 2019

The design of the news BAS polar vessel which should be ready for operations in 2019 at a cost of £200 million

A new polar research vessel is currently being designed for the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). The new vessel will be an ice-capable, multi-role polar research and logistics ship which will be used to conduct science and to resupply the BAS stations such as the two in South Georgia, according to the latest South Georgia Newsletter.

Saturday, January 17th 2015 - 08:36 UTC

Falklands resident and South Georgia Marine Officer awarded Polar Medals

Mrs. Poncet has been involved with South Georgia for more than 35 years. She first visited SG with Jerome Poncet on Damien II in 1977

Environmentalist, renowned sailor and Falklands resident Sally Poncet has joined an elite group of only eight women to have been awarded the prestigious Polar Medal this year. South Georgia Marine Officer Patrick Lurcock has also received the honor.

Wednesday, January 7th 2015 - 04:29 UTC

IAATO Environmental Manager is former BAS official and 2013 Queen's Polar Medal

“Tudor brings with him a wealth of polar experience, with varying perspectives on the tourism industry”, said IAATO Executive Director, Dr Kim Crosbie

The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) announced the appointment of Tudor Morgan to the full-time position of Environmental Manager. Tudor’s overall role is to support safe and environmentally responsible tourism to Antarctica, with a particular focus on field operations.

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