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Science and Research in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean


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 »

Byrd Glacier, one of East Antarctica’s largest glaciers

Byrd Glacier carries more ice to the Ross Ice Shelf than any other ice stream.… Read more »

Podcast: NASA’s Operation IceBridge - surveying the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets

In this podcast, we talk to John Sonntag, mission scientist for NASA’s Operation IceBridge.… Read more »

Podcast: What it's like wintering over at the South Pole - thirteen times!

In this podcast, we talk to astronomer Robert Schwarz at the South Pole, who is just completing his thirteenth winter there!… Read more »

Podcast: Lake Whillans; retrieving uncontaminated samples from a sub-glacial lake in Antarctica.

In this podcast, we speak to Helen Amanda Fricker about Lake Whillans, and how the WISSARD project obtained the first ever uncontaminated sample from an Antarctic sub-glacial lake,… Read more »