Tag: Antartica

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.

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.

Thursday, July 11th 2013 - 07:08 UTC

Eight times Manhattan island iceberg breaks off from Antarctic glacier

“We were very keen to see how the crack propagated,” said Prof Angelika Humbert

Pine Island Glacier (PIG), the longest and fastest flowing glacier in the Antarctic, has spawned a huge iceberg. The block measures about 720 sq km in area - roughly eight times the size of Manhattan Island in New York.

Saturday, May 18th 2013 - 06:21 UTC

Argentine Antarctic campaigns disarray and corruption claims turn off recruiting

Allegedly at one base staff had to beg for food from the ‘Polar Pioneer’

Argentina’s Antarctica campaigns are losing their flair and the country is having difficulties to fill vacancies for the 2013/14 season. This follows repeated claims of alleged corruption and delays in supplying the bases and stations plus an overall lack of support from the Defence ministry.

Friday, May 10th 2013 - 07:23 UTC

Falklands’ denies political impact of Argentine South Georgia scientific cruise

BAS RRS James Clark Ross (JCR) last Tuesday boarded and checked the ‘Eduardo Holmberg’ according to CCAMLR rules

News this week that Argentina had decided to undertake fisheries research in the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands (SGSSI) is not connected in any way to the Falklands, Acting Governor Sandra Tyler-Haywood has assured.

Tuesday, April 30th 2013 - 22:59 UTC

Chilean navy tugboat checking Antarctica area where Chinese factory ship went down

Pictures from the Chilean Air Force of the Kai Xin on fire and adrift

A tugboat from the Chilean Navy equipped for environmental emergencies is trying to determine the position where the remains of the Chinese factory ship Kai Xin went down in Antarctica last week after catching fire and left adrift by the 97 member crew rescued by a Norwegian vessel and a reefer.


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