News & information on Antarctica & the Southern Ocean
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Reconstructing Gondwana - when Antarctica and Australia were joined

Antarctica and Australia separated more than 100 million years ago; airborne magnetic surveys of ice-covered bedrock in Antarctica identifies geological correlations between the two land masses.

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Hanging like a loose tooth! only 5km of ice separates two large cracks on Brunt Ice Shelf.

Only 5km of ice separates the Chasm 1 and Halloween Cracks on the Brunt Ice Shelf.

Podcast: Unraveling the mystery of Antarctica's hidden peaks - the Gamburtsev Mountains

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

Sun dogs on the northern horizon at Casey Station

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Sun dogs are caused by ice crystals refracting sunlight, which create bright spots either side of the Sun.

Australia will build first paved runway in Antarctica

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Australia will build the first paved runway in Antarctica, 6km from Davis Station, providing year-round air access to the continent, and complementing the summer-only runway on hard ice at Wilkins.

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.

Podcast: Speedo Diplomacy in the Ross Sea; successfully advocating for a Marine Protected Area

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In this podcast, we talk to Lewis Pugh, UN Patron of the Oceans, about the Ross Sea Marine Protected Area

Antarctic ice loss has tripled in a decade,

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Antarctic ice loss has tripled in a decade, most definitive figures yet: Earth's largest ice sheet #Antarctica lost 219 billion tons of ice annually in 2012 - 2017.