Antarctica

Antarctica
Wednesday, February 18th 2009 - 20:00 UTC

Zero-emission, energy self sufficient Antarctic base

The Princess Elisabeth station

Belgium opened a new 20 million Euro “zero emissions” polar science station in Antarctica on Sunday, returning to the continent to study climate change 42 years after closing its first base there.

Wednesday, February 18th 2009 - 20:00 UTC

A Falklands area ice-block breaks off in Antarctica

Giant icebergs

A 14.000 square km ice block, almost the area of the Falkland Islands (12.173 sq. km.), has broken off Antarctica's Wilkins Ice Shelf and fragmented into smaller icebergs reported on Tuesday the Spanish National Research Council, CSIC.

Saturday, February 14th 2009 - 20:00 UTC

Record applicants for 38 jobs in BAS research stations

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has offered some 38 jobs in five of its research stations on the world's coldest continent, Antarctica. The BAS advertisement invites plumbers, carpenters, electricians and chefs to fill its vacant spots for a period of 4 to 18 months, MailOnline reported.

Wednesday, February 11th 2009 - 20:00 UTC

HMS Endurance in Portsmouth by end of March, say rescuers

HMS Endurance docked at Mare Harbour

Logistics experts from Netherlands Dockwise's subsidiary Dockwise Shipping in Bermudas are working closely with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to recover the Royal Navy ice patrol vessel HMS Endurance currently anchored in the Falkland Islands.

Thursday, January 29th 2009 - 20:00 UTC

China builds station on Antarctica's highest icecap

PLATeau Observatory on Dome A

China set up this week its third Antarctic research station, also the country's first on the continent's inland. Kunlun station was erected at Dome Argus (Dome A), the South Pole's highest icecap at 4,093 metres above the sea level, reports the Beijing press.

Wednesday, January 21st 2009 - 20:00 UTC

Antarctica's Wilkins Ice Shelf “hanging by a thread”

The continent of Antarctica is warming up in step with the rest of the world, according to a new analysis. Scientists say data from satellites and weather stations indicate a warming of about 0.6C over the last 50 years.

Tuesday, January 20th 2009 - 20:00 UTC

Scientists to prove Patagonia Antarctic points' landmass link

A multidisciplinary team of Chilean scientists left for Antarctic as part of an ambitious project to prove at some point in the history of the World, probably 200 million years ago, South America's Patagonia and the Antarctic Peninsula were landmass linked.

Sunday, January 18th 2009 - 20:00 UTC

Descendents of Shackleton's team reach South Pole

The explorers took 66 days to walk 900 miles across Antarctica

Three men with links to Sir Ernest Shackleton have reached the South Pole. Lt Col Henry Worsley, from Hereford, Will Gow, from Kent, and Henry Adams, from Suffolk, arrived on Sunday.

Sunday, January 11th 2009 - 20:00 UTC

Successful trial in Antarctica of super pressure balloon

NASA and the National Science Foundation have successfully launched and demonstrated over Antarctica a newly designed super pressure balloon prototype that may enable a new era of high-altitude scientific research. The super-pressure balloon ultimately will carry large scientific experiments to the brink of space for 100 days or more.

Sunday, January 11th 2009 - 20:00 UTC

Mini-sub seeks clues to sea levels below Antarctic ice shelves

An autonomous British yellow robot submarine has just set out on a mission which will see it plunge deep beneath Antarctic ice shelves to seek clues to world ocean level rises. The seven meter yellow sub will probe the underside of ice at the end of the Pine Island glacier, which is moving faster than any other in Antarctica.

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