The huge tabular blocks of ice that frequently break off Antarctica get swept towards the Atlantic and then ground on the shallow continental shelf that surrounds the 170km-long island of South Georgia.
In a complex example of science diplomacy, teams of U.S. and Swedish scientists are sailing this month aboard two research vessels to study the ecology of the Amundsen Sea, one of the least-explored and most productive bodies in Antarctic waters, and to gauge the potential effects of a changing climate on the Southern Ocean.
The search for 17 people missing after a Korean long-liner sank in Antarctic waters the Southern Ocean early Monday has been scaled down as it becomes increasingly unlikely further survivors will be found.
The future of the Royal Navy’s ice patrol vessel HMS Endurance may remain in doubt well over a year after it nearly sank in the Straits of Magellan and returned to Portsmouth on the lift ship MV Target, but there is no doubting the UK’s ongoing commitment to the Antarctic Treaty.
British expedition to Antarctica says it has succeeded in establishing a new record - the fastest land crossing of the southernmost continent.
The expedition vessel MV Clelia II is now operating at normal speed during its northbound crossing of the Drake Passage, following heavy sea conditions Tuesday that resulted in a broken bridge window and some electrical malfunctions.
A Maltese-flagged cruise ship with 160 people on board which on Tuesday declared an emergency as it was sailing across the Drake Passage off the southern tip of South America is limping back to Ushuaia, its port of destination, according to a release from the Argentine Navy.
The ozone hole over Antarctica has shrunk to the smallest in five years, according to a New Zealand’ National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, NIWAR. The hole decreased in size to about 22 million square kilometres from 24 million square kilometres last year, said Auckland-based NIWAR in an e-mailed statement today.
The Royal Navy deep water survey ship HMS Scott deployed to the Antarctic early morning Thursday from Plymouth, which coincides with the 100th anniversary of Captain Scott's final expedition to the area.
Chile will undertake its most ambitious scientific expedition in almost half a century of Antarctic activities with 52 projects planned for the 2010/2011 season. The activities program was announced by Javier Arata head of the Chilean Antarctic Institute Antarctic Science Program.