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.

Thursday, September 17th 2009 - 13:30 UTC

Antarctica ozone hole predicted to be the smallest in recent years

The ozone layer hole this year began earlier

The hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica this year should reach 25 million square kilometers, or two million square kilometers less than in 2008, announced Wednesday the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Wednesday, September 16th 2009 - 06:51 UTC

HMS Endurance to be replaced; crew could face disciplinary action

HMS Endurance

British sailors could face court-martial action over HMS Endurance's near-sinking in the South Atlantic, reveals The Newscan. Royal Navy chiefs are carrying out a disciplinary probe after finishing an inquiry into the accident off Chile.

Tuesday, September 15th 2009 - 02:30 UTC

Scientists confirm link between declining CO2 levels and Antarctica ice cap

A remote village in Africa released the evidence dating back 34 million years

The link between declining CO2 levels in the earth's atmosphere and the formation of the Antarctic ice caps some 34 million years ago has been confirmed for the first time in a major research study.

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.


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