Tag: Antartica

Antartica
Tuesday, June 24th 2014 - 04:30 UTC

Foreign Office flies the British Antarctic Territory flag to mark mid-winter day

The flag flying above the Foreign Office in London

The 21st June was Mid-Winter’s Day in The British Antarctic Territory and to mark the occasion, Commissioner Dr Peter Hayes has written to UK Base (Rothera, Halley, King Edward Point, Bird Island) Commanders and staff to thank them for their ongoing hard work within the Territory.

Friday, June 6th 2014 - 02:38 UTC

Science and tourism combine in support of Wandering Albatross

A spectacular close shot of a Wandering Albatross

In a superb development for science and tourism in South Georgia, Cheesemans’ Ecology Safaris is offering the opportunity for 7 people to join a scientific trip on the Hans Hansson surveying South Georgia’s wandering albatross.

Wednesday, May 28th 2014 - 22:04 UTC

Antarctica ice sheet melting episodes have occurred over the last 14.000 years, say scientists

The melting of the Antarctic Ice Sheet wasn't thought to have started, however, until 14,000 years ago.

A new study has found that the Antarctic Ice Sheet began melting about 5,000 years earlier than previously thought coming out of the last ice age, and that shrinkage of the vast ice sheet accelerated during eight distinct episodes, causing rapid sea level rise.

Tuesday, May 20th 2014 - 08:19 UTC

Antarctica ice sheet loss has doubled since 2010, shows CryoSat satellite

Altogether, Antarctic ice loss is now contributing 0.45 millimeters to global sea level rise each year

The Antarctic ice sheet has lost ice twice as quickly in the past three years as when it was last surveyed between 2005 and 2010, say scientists. Results from the CryoSat-2 satellite mission, published Monday in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, say the largest ice sheet on Earth is now losing 159 billion tons of ice each year.

Wednesday, May 7th 2014 - 06:21 UTC

Live avian influenza virus discovered in Antarctica Adélie penguins

“We found that this virus was unlike anything else detected in the world,” said Hurt ( Pic Aeron Hurt, WHO)

Researchers have found a new type of avian influenza virus in a group of Adélie penguins (pygoscelies adeliae) from Antarctica. Aeron Hurt, PhD, a senior research scientist at the WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza in Melbourne, Australia, said that this is the first time that a distinct, live flu virus has been found in these birds.

Saturday, January 11th 2014 - 07:48 UTC

Russian vessel incident triggers debate on Antarctica growing tourist industry

French Polar Institute director Yves Frenot was furious with incident that distracted several icebreakers from their normal duties

The challenging rescue operation launched after a Russian ship became trapped in Antarctic pack ice in December shows the inherent risks facing the frozen continent's burgeoning tourist industry, experts say. Antarctica represents one of the last frontiers for adventurous travelers, an icy wonderland of glaciers, emperor penguins and seemingly endless white expanses.

Wednesday, December 25th 2013 - 22:03 UTC

Three icebreakers to the rescue of Antarctica trapped Russia's 'Akademic Shokalskiy'

The Russian vessel trapped by ice every summer travels to Antarctica

Seventy four people spent Christmas aboard a cruise ship that has become stuck in the ice in a remote region off the coast of Antarctica and rescue vessels are at least two days away, according to Australian maritime officials. Three icebreakers are sailing to the rescue.

Tuesday, October 22nd 2013 - 05:31 UTC

Ozone layer hole reaches Argentine and Chilean Patagonia

In Rio Gallegos the UV intensity index has jumped from four to ten, according to Spain's Atmospheric research

The hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica stretched for the third time this year to reach cities in the south of Argentina and Chile according to the Izaña Atmospheric research centre in Tenerife, Canary Islands.

Thursday, October 10th 2013 - 05:18 UTC

Scientists find huge water channels flow underneath Antarctica’s ice cap

Anne Le Brocq from University of Exeter trying to guess how the ice sheet  will behave in the future (Pic Exeter.ac)

Channels nearly as tall as the Eiffel Tower gouge into the undersides of floating ice in western Antarctica. The recently discovered channels could influence how quickly Antarctic ice sheets slip into the sea, melt, and contribute to rising sea levels.

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.

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