News & information on Antarctica & the Southern Ocean
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Podcast: Unraveling the mystery of Antarctica's hidden peaks - the Gamburtsev Mountains

In this podcast, we talk to Professor Robin Bell of Lamont- Doherty Earth Observatory, about the Gamburtsev Mountains in Antartica.

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Podcast: The Big Rift; Larsen C Ice Shelf and the birth of an Alpha Iceberg

In this podcast, we talk to Professor Adrian Luckman of Swansea University in Wales, about the dramatic rift on the Larsen C Ice Shelf.

Type-C Killer whales commute long distances from Antarctica to temperate zones

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A team led by Regina Eisert of Gateway Antarctica at New Zealand's Canterbury University, has found that Type-C Killer Whales travel great distances from the Ross Sea to waters north of New Zealand.

Flying lab to study how the Southern Ocean absorbs carbon

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A team of scientists supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) will be taking off in a specially-modified Gulfstream V jet this month as they survey remote parts of the Southern Ocean.

What is the Antarctic Treaty?

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The Antarctic Treaty applies to the entire region south of 60° South Latitude. It effectively stops nations from making territorial claims or from exploiting Antarctic resources.

Elephant seals become Antarctic researchers

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Elephant seals show water from Antarctica’s melting ice shelves slows processes responsible for forming deep-water currents

Interim Ban on Tourists using Drones in Coastal Areas of Antarctica

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Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones are valuable scientific instruments in Antarctica but are not toys for tourists. That’s the ruling from the latest meeting of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO). For the upcoming 2015-2016 season, the IAATO members have agreed not to allow the recreational use of drones in the coastal areas of Antarctica.