Antarctica

Antarctica
Friday, September 4th 2009 - 07:50 UTC

Sooty albatross set breeding record in South Shetland Islands

The new colony is 1.520 kilometres from the nearest known breeding colony in South Georgia

A small group of light-mantled sooty albatrosses has set a new breeding record. The birds have created a colony on King George Island, one of the South Shetland Islands located in Antarctica.

Thursday, September 3rd 2009 - 10:30 UTC

Antarctica’s Ridge A, world’s coldest, driest, calmest place on Earth

Ridge A is 4.053 metres high up on the Antarctic Plateau with average winter temperature of minus 70 Celsius

The search for the best observatory site in the world has led to the discovery of what is thought to be the coldest, driest, calmest place on Earth, a place where no human is thought to have ever set foot. The finding was detailed on August 31 in the Publications of the Astronomical Society.

Monday, August 31st 2009 - 08:00 UTC

Third “expedition cruise” vessel for Australis from Punta Arenas

“Stella Australis” will carry 210 passengers along the Patagonia fiords

The Chilean cruise company Cruceros Australis which operates from Punta Arenas is having a third vessel built in Valdivia which should be operational for the 2010/2011 season, according to Branco Ivelic, manager of Cruise Operations.

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.

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