Antarctica

Antarctica
Wednesday, September 18th 2013 - 00:44 UTC

South Georgia looking ahead to a promising cruise and visitors’ season

Early schedules indicate 58 cruise calls in 23 different vessels (Pic by John Fowler)

Schedules for the coming tourist season show a significant increase in the number of ships (11%) and visitors planning to visit South Georgia, and a consequent expected increase in tourist numbers (20%), according to the latest South Georgia Newsletter July release.

Monday, September 16th 2013 - 21:57 UTC

Spanish scientists discover new marine worm that feeds on whale bones

The “osedax deceptionensis” is similar to one discovered by a British team but they live at different depths in Antarctica.

Spanish scientists from the University of Barcelona and the Oceanographic Institute have discovered in Antarctica a new species of worm, a marine invertebrate which feeds on whale bones. The discovery is in the framework of the Actiquim-II project and the new species was baptized “Osedax deceptionensis”.

Monday, August 26th 2013 - 08:25 UTC

Rising sea temperature will reduce krill growth habitat in Antarctica

Dr. Simeon Hill, a marine biologist at BAS, said krill grow faster in cold

Antarctic krill are usually less than 6 cm in length, but their size belies the major role they play in sustaining much of the life in the Southern Ocean. They are the primary food source for many species of whales, seals, penguins and fish.

Monday, August 26th 2013 - 07:40 UTC

South Georgia releases stamps commemorating former governor Sir Rex Hunt

Sir Rex next to the wreckage of a helicopter

South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands are currently promoting the release of a set of stamps commemorating the life of the former Falklands and dependencies governor Sir Rex Hunt. The release of the stamps on June 11 coincided with a memorial service for Sir Rex Hunt at St Clement Danes, the Central Church of the Royal Air Force, London.

Wednesday, August 14th 2013 - 20:21 UTC

Shackleton’s Endurance could still be in good conditions on the Antarctic sea bed

Endurance crushed by Antarctic ice was abandoned in 1915

Ernest Shackleton's famous ship, the Endurance, which he had to abandon in 1915 on his ill-fated Antarctic expedition, is probably still in very good condition on the ocean floor. This is one conclusion from research that studied how sunken wood degrades in southern polar waters.

Wednesday, August 7th 2013 - 16:27 UTC

HMS Richmond leaves for seven months Atlantic Patrol Tasking

HMS Richmond leaving HMNB Portsmouth for a routine seven-month Atlantic Patrol Tasking. (Pic: RN)

Portsmouth-based frigate HMS Richmond has sailed for a routine seven months Atlantic Patrol Tasking which includes the South Atlantic. According to the official release she left Portsmouth on Monday 5 August and will maintain the continuous Royal Navy presence in the Atlantic and provide an ongoing protection and reassurance to British regions within the region.

Monday, July 29th 2013 - 22:25 UTC

Norway media question why Oslo is not collaborating with South Georgia rat eradication campaign

For over sixty years Norway had whaling and sealing stations in SG which helped to introduce rats

An ambitious multi-national move to reduce the rat population on the island of South Georgia has yielded results despite no Norwegian government funding underlines an Oslo media recalling the close relations of the Scandinavian country with the extreme south island and sixty years of whaling.

Thursday, July 25th 2013 - 02:51 UTC

Coastal Antarctic permafrost melting faster than expected

The big tell here is that the ice is vanishing — it's melting faster each time we measure,” said Levy

For the first time, scientists have documented an acceleration in the melt rate of permafrost, or ground ice, in a section of Antarctica where the ice had been considered stable. The melt rates are comparable with the Arctic, where accelerated melting of permafrost has become a regularly recurring phenomenon, and the change could offer a preview of melting permafrost in other parts of a warming Antarctic continent.

Wednesday, July 24th 2013 - 13:13 UTC

Aurora Expeditions adds new Antarctic gateway in 2014/15

Aurora Expeditions are set to shake up the traditional Antarctic cruise itinerary with the launch of an exciting new ‘Antarctic Gateway’ in their 2014/15 Antarctic program. The Chilean port and nature haven of Puerto Williams will be used as an alternative to the usual Argentinian port of Ushuaia, with voyages either starting or ending on the eco-rich Navarino Island along the Chilean banks of the Beagle Channel.

Wednesday, July 17th 2013 - 19:47 UTC

HMS Argyll sailors recreate Shackleton’s trek across South Georgia Island

The twelve strong team that crossed 26 miles of the island (Photo RN)

Sailors from HMS Argyll followed in the footsteps of Britain’s greatest polar explorer when they recreated Sir Ernest Shackleton’s legendary trek across the snow and ice of South Georgia Island.

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