Antarctica

Antarctica
Thursday, January 7th 2010 - 16:38 UTC

All luxury cruise ship suffers accident in Antarctic Peninsula

Clelia II has been withdrawn from service during January for repairs

One of the most elegant expedition vessels operating in Antarctica, the Clelia II, has been withdrawn from service during January for repairs following an accident that occurred over Christmas week but is only now coming to light.

Wednesday, January 6th 2010 - 03:15 UTC

Major earthquake east of South Georgia & South Sandwich

Wildlife and scientists are the few inhabitants of those remote islands

A major 6.7-magnitude earthquake struck the southern Atlantic Ocean early on Tuesday east of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, a sparsely populated British territory, according to a US monitor.

Sunday, January 3rd 2010 - 20:07 UTC

Antarctica: Sir Douglas Mawson's monoplane found

An historic monoplane - a relic of Sir Douglas Mawson's 1911-14 expedition - has been found in Antarctica thanks to freakish luck after a three-year search.

Wednesday, December 16th 2009 - 23:12 UTC

Century old NZ butter found next to Scott’s camp in Antarctica

The butter bears a label reading Canterbury Central Cooperative Dairy Company and the maker’s fern leaf symbol

An almost 100-year-old pack of New Zealand butter, in good condition, has been found in Antarctica. The butter, bearing the maker's Fern leaf symbol and date, was found in a sack by workers at New Zealand's Scott Base, reported on Monday NZ press.

Thursday, December 10th 2009 - 12:08 UTC

World experts discuss in NZ safety rules for Antarctic tourism cruises

Four vessels have gone aground in Antarctica in the last three years.

There are fears that a shipping tragedy in the Antarctic is a disaster waiting to happen if the tourism industry is not regulated. A major international meeting of Antarctic Treaty Experts is taking place in New Zealand to discuss the issues.

Friday, December 4th 2009 - 15:36 UTC

Ozone hole protecting Antarctic from global warming, says SCAR

Westerly winds triggered by the ozone hole cool Antarctica

The ozone hole may be boosting the risk of skin cancer, but it's also protecting Antarctica from global warming, international researchers claim in an assessment of Antarctic climate change from the geological past to the present.

Thursday, November 26th 2009 - 07:51 UTC

Argentina contracts icebreaker for Antarctic 2009/2010 campaign

Icebreaker Vasili Golovnin during last season’s campaign

Argentina’s Ministry of Defence announced the contract of an icebreaker and a helicopter for the coming 2009/2010 Antarctic campaign. The news was published in the government’s official bulletin and involves almost 8 million US dollars.

Tuesday, November 24th 2009 - 03:02 UTC

“Flush” of icebergs heading for New Zealand

Nothing similar has been seen since 1931

Over one hundred Antarctic icebergs are moving towards New Zealand in an extraordinary happening that has raised a shipping warning, officials announced Monday. An Australian Antarctic Division glaciologist stated that the bergs, pinpointed by satellites, have floated past the Auckland Islands, and are 280 miles northeast of the Island.

Monday, November 23rd 2009 - 13:24 UTC

Russian cruise icebreaker is back in Ushuaia

A formidable vessel Kapitan Khlebnikov broke free on its own

The Russian ice-breaker cruise ship carrying 105 passengers, mostly British tourists, and 88 crew members and which broke free of Antarctic ice last Friday arrived Sunday to Ushuaia, Argentine Tierra del Fuego, announced the ship's operator.

Friday, November 20th 2009 - 05:49 UTC

Ten-year input for the Atlas of the Patagonian marine ecosystem

Southern sea lions were fitted with GPS collars to help provide data for the new atlas. (Photo: FITB)

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and BirdLife International have released the first-ever comprehensive atlas of the Patagonian Sea -- a globally important but poorly understood South American marine ecosystem.

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