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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… Read more »

Huge void discovered beneath the mighty Thwaites Glacier

A huge void has been discovered beneath the mighty Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica.… Read more »

Tides under Ronne-Filchner Ice Shelf move grounding line by 20km

At the extreme inner recess of the Ronne-Filchner Ice Shelf, the 5m tidal range moves the grounding line of the Foundation Ice Stream 20km back and forth with each tide… Read more »

The Ross Ice shelf vibrates with the wind!

Seismographs on Earth's largest ice shelf detected vibrations caused by winds blowing across the snow on the surface.… Read more »

Antarctic ice loss has tripled in a decade,

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.… Read more »

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

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

Three planet winter at the South Pole

Jupiter (left) & Mars (right) shine either side of the IceCube Lab at the South Pole… Read more »

First egg at the Emperor penguin colony!

The first egg of the season has been spotted at the Emperor penguin colony at Dumont D’Urville Station… Read more »

Know your penguins! - there are 18 species

Penguins live in the Southern Hemisphere, though the Galapagos penguin live right on the Equator… Read more »

Aurora australis displays are intensifying in Antarctica

Curtains of green and purple aurora australis have been seen from Scott Base… Read more »