Thursday, February 26th 2009 - 23:00 UTC

Survey of massive mountain range below Antarctic ice

Dr Fausto Ferraccioli

A massive yet enigmatic mountain range as big as the Alps lying deep beneath Antarctica's ice has been surveyed in detail for the first time. The expedition, one of the most ambitious and challenging during International Polar Year, has captured the first clear picture of the mysterious Gamburtsev sub-glacial mountains.

Wednesday, February 25th 2009 - 23:00 UTC

Success of Polar Year confirms worst climate change fears

Scientists and policymakers marked the official end of the International Polar Year (IPY) Wednesday at the World Meteorological Organization in Geneva. The 60-country, 1.2 billion US dollars effort has seen knowledge about the poles - and their influence on the rest of the planet - increase hugely.

Monday, February 23rd 2009 - 20:00 UTC

Argentina plans to boost its Antarctic operations

Argentina is expected to announce Monday a boost in resources and staff to its presence in Antarctica, according to reports in the Buenos Aires press. The event coincides with the 105th anniversary of Argentina's first landing in Antarctica and which in the local calendar is identified at the Argentina Antarctica Day.

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.


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