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Montevideo, May 20th 2019 - 08:54 UTC

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  • Thursday, April 25th 2019 - 09:30 UTC

    Thousands of emperor penguin chicks died in 2016 destroyed by severe weather, reports a BAS team

    It is possible even from 800km up to spot the animals' excrement, or guano, on the white ice and then to estimate the likely size of any gathering.

    Thousands of emperor penguin chicks drowned when the sea-ice on which they were being raised was destroyed in severe weather. The catastrophe occurred in 2016 in Antarctica's Weddell Sea. Scientists say the colony at the edge of the Brunt Ice Shelf has collapsed with adult birds showing no sign of trying to re-establish the population.

  • Friday, March 8th 2019 - 09:07 UTC

    HMS Protector comes across an iceberg of 11 miles long and five wide

    The Ice patrol was making for the sunken volcano on Deception Island after helping BAS scientists conduct geological work around the South Shetland Islands. (Referencial image)

    The Royal Navy’s Antarctic patrol ship encountered an iceberg the size of Bristol as she began her final scientific mission of the season. HMS Protector came across the enormous mass of ice and snow – 11 miles long and five wide – as she returned to the frozen continent for the last time this winter – or summer as it is in the Southern Hemisphere.

  • Monday, October 15th 2018 - 08:29 UTC

    East Falkland, among most plastic contaminated shores in South Atlantic Islands

    The amount of plastic reaching the South Atlantic remote regions has increased at all levels, from the shore to the seafloor

    The amount of plastic washing up onto the shores of remote South Atlantic islands is ten times greater than it was a decade ago, according to new research published in the journal Current Biology. Scientists investigating plastics in seas surrounding the remote British Overseas Territories, including East Falkland, discovered they are invading these unique biologically-rich regions. This includes areas that are established or proposed Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

  • Thursday, December 14th 2017 - 04:30 UTC

    Mt Hope is the tallest mountain in the British Antarctic Territory with 3.239 meters

    The new data reveals Mount Hope as being 55m taller than Mount Jackson and 377m higher than previously thought.

    Britain has a new highest mountain after new data showed measurements from old overland surveys were inaccurate. It was thought until this point that Mount Jackson was the tallest mountain in the British Antarctic Territory at 3,184m above sea level. However, new satellite data by British Antarctic Survey (BAS) shows Mount Hope is the tallest mountain, at 3,239m.

  • 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.