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Montevideo, June 20th 2021 - 04:56 UTC

Antarctica

  • Thursday, June 10th 2021 - 07:33 UTC

    National Geographic makes it official, Southern Ocean is the fifth ocean

    “The Southern Ocean has long been recognized by scientists, but because there was never agreement internationally, we never officially recognized it”

    Since National Geographic began making maps in 1915, it has recognized four oceans: the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, and Arctic Oceans. However starting on June 8, World Oceans Day, it will recognize the Southern Ocean as the world’s fifth ocean. This is because the swift current circling Antarctica keeps the waters there distinct and worthy of their own name.

  • Wednesday, June 2nd 2021 - 05:20 UTC

    HMS Protector equipped with drones for polar extreme missions

    Royal Navy’s Ice Patrol Ship HMS Protector has been assigned two small rotary-wing drones, specially adapted for her unique mission in the polar extremes. Although the Devonport-based survey ship has a large flight deck, with no hangar she cannot take helicopters with her – unlike her predecessor HMS Endurance, which carried two Lynx.

  • Saturday, May 29th 2021 - 03:39 UTC

    IAATO Welcomes New Executive Committee Chair

    Ms Woodhead also serves on IAATO’s Climate Change, Gateway and Deep Field Committees

    The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) has appointed Executive Committee member Robyn Woodhead to its top spot during this year’s online annual meeting, according to a press release. Woodhead joined the committee in 2017, having been an active member of the organization since 2010.

  • Saturday, May 22nd 2021 - 08:58 UTC

    Cruise ships company promises covid-free tours to Patagonia

    “Inside the ship “the spaces are wide, so it is a totally safe trip,”  Guillemard said.

    The cruise ships company Cruceros Australis Friday launched during the International Tourism Fair (FITUR) in Madrid what they announced as “totally safe trips,” such as navigating the virgin landscapes of Patagonia.

  • Friday, May 21st 2021 - 23:21 UTC

    “Scenic Eclipse II”, confidence in the cruise industry and the luxury travel market

    Scenic Eclipse II is a revolutionary luxury polar cruiser worth more than US$ 265 million when it launches in the Mediterranean in early 2023

    In a strong message of confidence for the future of the cruise industry and the luxury travel market, Scenic has started production on Scenic Eclipse II, the sister ship to Scenic Eclipse, the world’s most luxurious discovery yacht. The beginning of production was announced at the keel-laying ceremony, with the Croatian Prime Minister in attendance.

  • Thursday, May 20th 2021 - 07:11 UTC

    Giant iceberg breaks away from the Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica

    The iceberg measuring 1,270 square kilometers came off the 150-meter-thick Brunt Ice Shelf in a process called “calving.”

    A giant iceberg, larger than the size of most European cities, has broken away from Antarctica, near a British research station, the British Antarctic Survey said on Friday.

  • Wednesday, May 5th 2021 - 06:47 UTC

    US Government praised for joining conservation efforts in Antarctic Southern Ocean

     “The Southern Ocean is one of the last great wilderness areas on the planet,” said Kavanagh.

    The government of the United States has been praised by The Pew Charitable Trusts for its decision to co-lead in matters concerning Southern Ocean Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), special climate envoy John Kerry announced during a virtual ministerial meeting hosted by the European Union.

  • Thursday, April 29th 2021 - 09:45 UTC

    Science journal: Glaciers melting faster, sea levels on the rise

    Nearly all of the world’s glaciers are losing mass at an accelerated pace

    According to a study published Wednesday by the prestigious scientific journal Nature, glaciers are melting at a faster pace than previously thought, which may have serious consequences.

  • Tuesday, April 13th 2021 - 14:32 UTC

    Argentina finished Antarctica Summer Campaign without Covid-19 cases

    “The South Atlantic is a permanent geopolitical, military and strategic objective that Argentina must have, in which Antarctica clearly plays a very important role,” said Defence Minister Rossi

    Argentina's 2020/2021 Antarctic campaign successfully finished last week after the arrival of the Argentine Navy icebreaker “Almirante Irízar” at the port of Buenos Aires without registering any positive case of Covid-19 among its 392 crew members, military and scientists.

  • Monday, March 29th 2021 - 13:07 UTC

    Lufthansa to repeat historic trip to Falklands

    The flight’s crew duty period lasted a mammoth 20 days. Photo: Lufthansa

    Lufthansa will on Tuesday repeat its longest-ever non-stop flight as it flies an A350 from Hamburg to Mount Pleasant Airport in the Falkland Islands, according to aviation industry website Simple Flying. The German flag carrier first flew the route in January 2021 with a flight clocking in at 15 hours and 36 minutes.

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