Antarctica

Antarctica
Tuesday, January 19th 2010 - 10:47 UTC

Fourteen cruise vessels call in South Georgia during December

“Hanseatic” managed a landing on December 24th for a Christmas service

Fourteen cruise ships visited South Georgia Island during December, eight of which visited during the Christmas week from the 23rd to the 29th December, according to the latest release from South Georgia’s News and Events.

Tuesday, January 19th 2010 - 10:15 UTC

Icebreaker Almirante Irizar expected to be operation for 2011/2012 season

The pride of the Argentine Navy

Argentina expects to have its main icebreaker Almirante Irizar back in sailing conditions by October 2011 and fully operational for the 2011/2012 Antarctic season, according to reports in the Buenos Aires press.

Monday, January 18th 2010 - 13:31 UTC

US and NZ share the biggest wind farm in Antarctica

The plant can provide enough energy to light 500 homes

The biggest wind farm in ice covered Antarctica and which can generate enough electricity to power 500 homes, was formally switched on this weekend.

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Clelia II has been withdrawn from service during January for repairs

One of the most elegant expedition vessels operating in Antarctica, the Clelia II, has been withdrawn from service during January for repairs following an accident that occurred over Christmas week but is only now coming to light.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

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