News & information on Antarctica & the Southern Ocean
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Newly detected: Plate tectonic boundary runs beneath the Ross Ice Shelf

Previously unmapped geologic boundary between East & West Antarctica under the Ross Ice Shelf.

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Summer polynyas transport warm water beneath the Ross Ice Shelf

Open water in summer (polynya) generates warm water, transporting heat into the cavity beneath the Ross 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

Ocean swells from storms cause the collapse ice shelves, when sea ice is reduced

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Storm-driven ocean swells, during periods of reduced sea ice coverage, caused the collapse of five major ice shelves between 1995-2009,