Friday, October 30th 2009 - 03:14 UTC

China elaborating the “most complete” map of Antarctica

China's Xuelong (Snow Dragon) ice breaker currently docked in New Zealand

Chinese scientists are expected to conclude the most complete and precise map of Antarctica during their current expedition to the frozen continent. Although much of Antarctica has been chartered and collected in maps by different countries this latest edition to be finished at the end of this year has been described “as the most complete so far”, according to a report in the Global Times.

Friday, October 16th 2009 - 05:25 UTC

Argentine wheat crop, and export surplus, lowest of 32 harvests

Fields and fields, but where is the wheat?

With the lowest wheat area in 111 years, Argentina expects a 2009/10 crop of 7.5 million tons, the worst in the last 32 seasons, which means exports, --and tax revenue--, will be ten times less than the 2007/08 crop according to the Argentine Rural Society Economics Department.

Wednesday, October 14th 2009 - 06:15 UTC

China begins 26th Antarctica season with a team of 251 scientists

China’s impressive icebreaker Xue Long or “Snow Dragon”

Chinese scientists have set off from Shanghai for their 26th research mission to the Antarctic. The “Snow Dragon”, China's main research ship in the polar region, has gone through a series of maintenance and technical readjustments, according to Global Times.

Monday, October 12th 2009 - 08:28 UTC

Punta Arenas anticipates a weaker 2009/2010 cruise season

Prince Albert II, the first international cruise to call in south Chile

Punta Arenas in the extreme south of Chile is anticipating a weaker cruise season for this 2009/2010 summer because of the global crisis. The number of calls is expected to drop 12.3% (17 less) totalling 79.950 passengers and 38.357 crew members, according to Punta Arenas Austral Port Authority, EPA.

Thursday, October 8th 2009 - 04:17 UTC

IAATO members’ passenger ships will be fitted with satellite tracking devices

Sailing in icy waters can be treacherous

The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) has approved a resolution requiring members' passenger ships to be fitted with satellite tracking devices based on Iridium (Iridium Communications Inc.). The devices will report ships' positions at least once per hour when cruising in Antarctic waters.

Thursday, October 8th 2009 - 01:00 UTC

Rare vintage photo of first expedition to reach the South Pole

This picture is the only original photograph of polar explorer Roald Amundsen's arrival at the South Pole in 1911. Courtesy National Library of Australia.

The only known vintage print of the first expedition to reach the South Pole has been uncovered at the National Library of Australia. The small brown photograph shows Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen's arrival at the pole in 1911.

Wednesday, October 7th 2009 - 09:46 UTC

NASA Operation Ice Bridge takes off from Punta Arenas

During six weeks NASA largest airborne lab will be flying over Antarctica

Starting next Monday and operating from Punta Arenas in the extreme south of Chile NASA will fly its largest aircraft, --a DC-8, a 157-foot-long airborne laboratory-- to study changes in Antarctica’s sea ice, ice sheets and glaciers as part of its Operation Ice Bridge.

Tuesday, September 29th 2009 - 10:45 UTC

Chile documents its Antarctica roots for bicentennial celebrations

Gabriel Gonzalez Videla, the first head of state of any country to visit Antarctica

A documentary “Antarctica Secreta” (Secret Antarctica) which explores and promises abundant evidence of Chile’s long established roots in Antarctica, dating back to over a hundred years, is expected to be ready for its launching August next year, on time for the country’s bicentennial celebrations.

Friday, September 25th 2009 - 02:44 UTC

Ice loss in polar caps far more extensive reveals study from BAS

Laser measurements from satellites was crucial for the discovery

The thinning of ice sheets in Greenland and western Antarctica is far more extensive than was previously thought, according to new research published online in the British journal Nature.

Friday, September 18th 2009 - 23:36 UTC

South Georgia expects 15% drop in cruise visitors this summer

Grytviken, once the whaling capital of the world   (Photo J. Fowler)

Early indications are that 63 tour ships are due to visit South Georgia in the coming season, seven visits down on last season, according to the South Georgia Newsletter, August edition.


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