Antarctica

Antarctica
Wednesday, August 13th 2014 - 01:15 UTC

Chile's massive 2010 earthquake caused Antarctica glaciers to calve and 'icequakes'

 Scientists found that almost 30% of the stations revealed definitive proof of high-frequency seismic signals as the surface-wave reached Antarctica.

A massive earthquake that struck Chile in 2010 caused glaciers thousands of miles away in Antarctica to calve, a study published Sunday in the journal Nature Geoscience found. Seismic surface waves radiating away from the earthquake’s epicenter traveled some 4,700 kilometers before passing through Antarctica’s ice sheets and causing small tremors, or “icequakes.”

Monday, August 11th 2014 - 22:56 UTC

Falkland Islands and the saga of Sir Ernest Shackleton a century ago

 The expedition left England by the wish of His Majesty shortly after the outbreak of war in 1914 in the stout little Endurance

One hundred years ago this month Sir Ernest Shackleton set sail from Plymouth on HMS Endurance at the beginning of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914-17), also known as the Endurance Expedition.

Tuesday, July 22nd 2014 - 08:10 UTC

“Busy and diverse tourism season” South Georgia tells IAATO meeting

Vessels like Ortelius and Ushuaia, made 55 visits to South Georgia during the last tourist season

In the Government of South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands’ annual address to the tourism industry at the IAATO (International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators) meeting in Providence, Richard McKee, GSGSSI Executive Officer summarized the 2013-14 season as “incredibly busy and diverse” given the 55 cruise ship calls.

Friday, July 18th 2014 - 07:52 UTC

IAATO commends Norwegian court for convicting violator of Antarctic Treaty

Andhøy, skipper of the ill-fated yacht Berserk that went missing February, 2011 in the Ross Sea, with the loss of three crew members

The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) has commended the Nord-Troms District Court for convicting Jarle Andhøy of violating the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty.

Monday, June 30th 2014 - 19:31 UTC

Growing concern over climate change impact on penguins

“It's not happy news for the emperor penguin,” said Hal Caswell of the US Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Global warming will cut Antarctica's 600,000-strong emperor penguin population by at least a fifth by 2100 as the sea ice on which the birds breed becomes less secure, a study said on Sunday.

Tuesday, June 24th 2014 - 04:30 UTC

Foreign Office flies the British Antarctic Territory flag to mark mid-winter day

The flag flying above the Foreign Office in London

The 21st June was Mid-Winter’s Day in The British Antarctic Territory and to mark the occasion, Commissioner Dr Peter Hayes has written to UK Base (Rothera, Halley, King Edward Point, Bird Island) Commanders and staff to thank them for their ongoing hard work within the Territory.

Monday, June 23rd 2014 - 22:06 UTC

UKAH marks 70th anniversary of Operation Tabarin and Antarctica research

George James one of the last survivors of Operation Tabarin (wheelchair) is  joined by Minister Willetts

The United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust (UKAHT) marked the 70th anniversary of Operation Tabarin, which laid the foundations for one of the most important and enduring government sponsored programs of scientific research in the Polar Regions, with a special exhibition and reception at the House of Commons.

Thursday, June 12th 2014 - 07:32 UTC

Researchers find major West Antarctic glacier melting from geothermal sources

The collapse of the Thwaites Glacier would cause an increase of global sea level of between 1 and 2 meters

Thwaites Glacier, the large, rapidly changing outlet of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, is not only being eroded by the ocean, it's being melted from below by geothermal heat, researchers at the Institute for Geophysics at The University of Texas at Austin (UTIG) report in the current edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Tuesday, June 10th 2014 - 13:53 UTC

Poseidon Expeditions Announces Departure Dates and Rates for 2015-16 Antarctic Season aboard Sea Spirit

Poseidon Expedition Leader Jan Bryde

Poseidon Expeditions has published its departure dates and rate schedule for the 2015-16 Antarctic season aboard the 114-passenger expedition ship Sea Spirit. Cruises to the White Continent will range from 12 to 23 days in duration and include landings at the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia and Falkland Islands.

Monday, June 9th 2014 - 21:38 UTC

“In the Shadow of Shackleton’s Cross; An Antarctic Memoir”

Beverley remembering her infant years in South Georgia

Author: Beverley McLeod - A charming, well-written and informative book about the author’s childhood experiences in South Georgia. Born in Stanley in 1951, Beverley McLeod lived on South Georgia between 1957 and 1961, where her father was a radio operator at King Edward Point for the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey.

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