Antarctica

Antarctica
Wednesday, December 31st 2008 - 20:00 UTC

HMS Endurance is being towed to the Falklands

The Royal Navy ice patrol HMS Endurance left Punta Arenas, in the extreme south of Chile, midday Tuesday for the Falkland Islands pulled by two tugs, according to reports from the local reports.

Sunday, December 28th 2008 - 20:00 UTC

HMS Endurance KO; she will be towed back to Britain

HMS Endurance

The Royal Navy ice patrol HMS Endurance, --and familiar sight in the Falkland Islands--, currently under repairs in Punta Arenas, extreme south of Chile after having suffered severe damages in the engine room, should be ready to be towed back to England sometime next week, according to the local press.

Saturday, December 20th 2008 - 20:00 UTC

UK team en route to Antarctica for South Pole race

British television presenter Ben Fogle and UK Olympic rowing champion James Cracknell are due to arrive in Antarctica ahead of a gruelling South Pole race. Cracknell, 36, Fogle, 35, and 28-year-old Dr Ed Coats - who beat 650 applicants for his place on the team - will spend the next fortnight acclimatising to the harsh weather and terrain.

Saturday, December 20th 2008 - 20:00 UTC

HMS Endurance, while adrift was in serious risk of grounding

<i>HMS Endurance</i> calling Pta. Arenas<br>(Photo Armada de Chile)

Early Friday the stranded Royal Navy's Ice Patrol HMS Endurance with its 113 crew and a translator arrived in Punta Arenas pulled by two Chilean tugs. She has already been docked at the Asmar ship yard where Chilean and British engineers will immediately begin with emergency repairs.

Thursday, December 18th 2008 - 20:00 UTC

Patagonia unveils it was the land of a giant, vicious raptor

Scientists have discovered what they say is a completely unexpected new giant dinosaur that lived 70 million years ago in Argentina. At 5 to 6.5 meters long, depending on its tail size, Austroraptor cabazai is among the largest of the slender, carnivorous, two-legged dinosaurs called raptors, said Fernando Novas, the lead researcher behind the discovery.

Wednesday, December 17th 2008 - 20:00 UTC

Engine room flood on Falklands ship Endurance

<i>HMS Endurance</i> down the ice

BRITISH Royal Navy Patrol Ship HMS Endurance has suffered an engine room flood off the coast of Chile.

Tuesday, December 16th 2008 - 20:00 UTC

2008, tenth warmest year on record since 1850, says WMO

The year 2008 is likely to rank as the 10th warmest year on record since the beginning of the instrumental climate records in 1850, according to data sources compiled by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Tuesday, December 9th 2008 - 20:00 UTC

Host of Man vs. Wild series injured in Antarctic expedition

Adventurer and host of the popular Man vs Wild series Bear Grylls has injured his shoulder during an Antarctic expedition. According to CNN the 34-year-old former SAS soldier was being flown back to the UK to receive medical attention.

Friday, December 5th 2008 - 20:00 UTC

Antarctic cruise passengers rescued and oil leak contained

All aboard a cruise ship stranded off Antarctica are “in perfect health” and 87 (82 passengers and 5 crew members) have been rescued reported on Friday the Chilean Navy. The rest of the crew remained on board to help with rescue operations.

Tuesday, December 2nd 2008 - 20:00 UTC

South Orkney “richer than Galapagos in sea species”

The first comprehensive inventory of the sea and land animals living in a polar region has been carried out by British and German scientists. A team from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and Hamburg University found that Antarctica's South Orkney Islands were surprisingly rich in life. More than 1,200 species were counted, including five new to science.

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