Thursday, October 8th 2009 - 04:17 UTC

IAATO members’ passenger ships will be fitted with satellite tracking devices

Sailing in icy waters can be treacherous

The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) has approved a resolution requiring members' passenger ships to be fitted with satellite tracking devices based on Iridium (Iridium Communications Inc.). The devices will report ships' positions at least once per hour when cruising in Antarctic waters.

Thursday, October 8th 2009 - 01:00 UTC

Rare vintage photo of first expedition to reach the South Pole

This picture is the only original photograph of polar explorer Roald Amundsen's arrival at the South Pole in 1911. Courtesy National Library of Australia.

The only known vintage print of the first expedition to reach the South Pole has been uncovered at the National Library of Australia. The small brown photograph shows Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen's arrival at the pole in 1911.

Wednesday, October 7th 2009 - 09:46 UTC

NASA Operation Ice Bridge takes off from Punta Arenas

During six weeks NASA largest airborne lab will be flying over Antarctica

Starting next Monday and operating from Punta Arenas in the extreme south of Chile NASA will fly its largest aircraft, --a DC-8, a 157-foot-long airborne laboratory-- to study changes in Antarctica’s sea ice, ice sheets and glaciers as part of its Operation Ice Bridge.

Tuesday, September 29th 2009 - 10:45 UTC

Chile documents its Antarctica roots for bicentennial celebrations

Gabriel Gonzalez Videla, the first head of state of any country to visit Antarctica

A documentary “Antarctica Secreta” (Secret Antarctica) which explores and promises abundant evidence of Chile’s long established roots in Antarctica, dating back to over a hundred years, is expected to be ready for its launching August next year, on time for the country’s bicentennial celebrations.

Friday, September 25th 2009 - 02:44 UTC

Ice loss in polar caps far more extensive reveals study from BAS

Laser measurements from satellites was crucial for the discovery

The thinning of ice sheets in Greenland and western Antarctica is far more extensive than was previously thought, according to new research published online in the British journal Nature.

Friday, September 18th 2009 - 23:36 UTC

South Georgia expects 15% drop in cruise visitors this summer

Grytviken, once the whaling capital of the world   (Photo J. Fowler)

Early indications are that 63 tour ships are due to visit South Georgia in the coming season, seven visits down on last season, according to the South Georgia Newsletter, August edition.

Thursday, September 17th 2009 - 13:30 UTC

Antarctica ozone hole predicted to be the smallest in recent years

The ozone layer hole this year began earlier

The hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica this year should reach 25 million square kilometers, or two million square kilometers less than in 2008, announced Wednesday the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Wednesday, September 16th 2009 - 06:51 UTC

HMS Endurance to be replaced; crew could face disciplinary action

HMS Endurance

British sailors could face court-martial action over HMS Endurance's near-sinking in the South Atlantic, reveals The Newscan. Royal Navy chiefs are carrying out a disciplinary probe after finishing an inquiry into the accident off Chile.

Tuesday, September 15th 2009 - 02:30 UTC

Scientists confirm link between declining CO2 levels and Antarctica ice cap

A remote village in Africa released the evidence dating back 34 million years

The link between declining CO2 levels in the earth's atmosphere and the formation of the Antarctic ice caps some 34 million years ago has been confirmed for the first time in a major research study.

Friday, September 4th 2009 - 07:50 UTC

Sooty albatross set breeding record in South Shetland Islands

The new colony is 1.520 kilometres from the nearest known breeding colony in South Georgia

A small group of light-mantled sooty albatrosses has set a new breeding record. The birds have created a colony on King George Island, one of the South Shetland Islands located in Antarctica.


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