Twenty athletes from all over the world are waiting in Punta Arenas, extreme south of Chile, to fly to Antarctica for this year's edition of the Antarctic Ice Marathon & 100k, a charity competition.
A passenger jet has made a historic landing on a new blue ice runway in Australia's Antarctic territory and regular flights are expected to start within a week, officials said Wednesday.
The penguin population of Antarctica is under pressure from global warming, according to a WWF report released this week.
More than two weeks after the ship M/S Explorer sank in Bransfield Strait off the coast of Antarctica, experts are questioning the official explanation of why the vessel sank.
Accidents can always happen but the target is to minimize impacts and advance contingency plans for such situations in the framework of the Antarctic Treaty, said Chile's Dr. Alvaro Sapag, chairman of the Chilean Environment Commission during a meeting on the Antarctic environment held in Punta Arenas.
Scientists from Chile's Center of Scientific Studies (CECS), Antarctic Chilean Institute, and Air Force reported last week that Fleming Glacier, located in the Antarctic Peninsula, is showing signs of receding.
An estimated 2.500 penguins in Antarctica are endangered by an oil spill from the sunken cruise vessel Explorer, impeding access to their mating and nesting places. The oil spill is 1.500 meters long by 200, according to experts from the Chilean Antarctic Institute.
Chilean scientists and environmentalists said Wednesday they hope to determine within the next few days the extent of environmental damage resulting from recent the sinking of the cruise ship S/M Explorer.
United States and United Kingdom researchers have stitched together more than 1.000 views of the White Continent to make a stunning new high-definition polar panorama.
They feared they were going to an icy grave - but the survivors of the Antarctic cruise ship sinking were yesterday all glad to be alive.