Thursday, August 27th 2009 - 08:38 UTC

South Georgia attracted 7.700 tour visitors during the 2008/09 season

Twenty eight ships made 70 visits to the South Georgia with Grytviken the main attraction

The annual Tourism and Visitor report for the 2008/9 season shows that despite more tour ships than ever visiting South Georgia Island last season, overall cruise passenger numbers fell slightly.

Tuesday, August 18th 2009 - 13:24 UTC

German research vessel will operate year round in Antarctica

Polarstern, first commissioned in 1982 currently spends half its time in the Arctic and the other half in Antarctica

The next five to six years will represent a great infrastructure and logistics leap forward for Antarctic activities mainly because of the greater technological advances of the scientific research vessels, according to Professor Heinz Miller a distinguished academic from Germany’s Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research.

Monday, August 17th 2009 - 08:06 UTC

Developing countries lead greater scientific interest in Antarctica

China and South Korea have more than doubled their involvement in two years in Antarctica, revealed, Jose Retamales

A greater movement of people and cargo can be expected in the future from the extreme south of Chile, beginning this coming season, as a direct consequence of increased Antarctic activities anticipated Jose Retamales, head of the Chilean Antarctic Institute.

Friday, August 14th 2009 - 13:51 UTC

Large Antarctic glacier thinning four times faster than ten years ago

Pine Island glacier in west Antarctica reveals the surface of the ice is now dropping at a rate of up to 16m a year.

One of the largest glaciers in Antarctica is thinning four times faster than it was 10 years ago, according to research seen by the BBC. A study of satellite measurements of Pine Island glacier in west Antarctica reveals the surface of the ice is now dropping at a rate of up to 16m a year.

Monday, August 10th 2009 - 12:07 UTC

British Antarctic Survey in new bid to fly from Falklands

This coming summer 11 Dash-7 flights are scheduled to travel from the Falklands

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is standing by its policy to use the Falkland Islands as its gateway to the frozen continent. That’s the message delivered by John Pye, head of logistics at BAS, who was in the Islands for a whistle-stop visit at the weekend.

Thursday, August 6th 2009 - 03:40 UTC

The future of Antarctic science will depend on international cooperation

Kennicut:  The  increased  cost  of  fuel oil  and  a  complex  global  economic situation,  have  triggered  the  need  to  optimize  the  joint  work  of nations.

The National Antarctic Programs have reached a consensus that international cooperation will be the clue for the future development of polar science. This is the main topic of discussion at the XXI Annual Meeting of the Council of Managers of Antarctic Programs (COMNAP), especially with increased costs associated with support, logistics and infrastructure necessary to carry out the scientific research in the White Continent.

Wednesday, August 5th 2009 - 12:58 UTC

First man on the moon on Falklands cruise next November

As commander of Apollo 11, Neil Armstrong and co astronaut Edwin Aldrin were the first to successfully touched on lunar soil

The legendary astronaut Neil Armstrong who landed on the moon 40 years ago, is set to visit the Falkland Islands this coming cruise season. The pioneer who took that first “small step for man” will be aboard the National Geographic Explorer for a 21-day cruise to South Georgia, the Falkland Islands and Antarctica in November.

Tuesday, August 4th 2009 - 12:45 UTC

Strengthening international cooperation is the main challenge of Antarctic meeting

XXI COMNAP Annual Meeting

With the challenge of strengthening international cooperation for development of Antarctic science, the XXI Annual Meeting of the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP) started yesterday. COMNAP is one of the most important forums of the Antarctic Treaty System.

Monday, August 3rd 2009 - 12:47 UTC

Global Antarctic scientific research for a week moves to Punta Arenas

Jose Retamales from the Chilean Antarctic Institute announced details of the agenda to be addressed.

For a week Chile and more precisely Punta Arenas in the extreme south will be the hub of Antarctic scientific discussions when the XXI Annual Meeting of the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs officially opens this Monday.

Friday, July 31st 2009 - 12:04 UTC

Punta Arenas hosts next week Antarctic science programs summit

Retamales said 26 countries are expected for the Antarctic meeting

Chile will host the next annual meeting of the Council of Managers of Annual Antarctic Programs, CMNAP, which convenes 26 countries, reported the organizers. The host city will be Punta Arenas in the extreme south of Chile and headquarters of Chile’s Antarctic Institute.


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