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  • New Fossils Suggest Ancient Cat-sized Reptiles in Antarctica

    06/07/2008 7:53:24 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies · 222+ views
    LiveScience.com on Yahoo ^ | 6/7/08 | Jeanna Bryner
    Cat-sized reptiles once roamed what is now the icebox of Antarctica, snuggling up in burrows and peeping above ground to snag plant roots and insects. The evidence for this scenario comes from preserved burrow casts discovered in the Transantarctic Mountains, which extend 3,000 miles (4,800 km) across the polar continent and contain layers of rock dating back 400 million years. "We've got good evidence that these burrows were made by land-dwelling animals rather than crayfish," said lead researcher Christian Sidor, a vertebrate paleontologist at the University of Washington and curator at UW's Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. Ancient...
  • Antarctic glacier 'melted JUST as fast LONG before human carbon emissions'

    02/23/2014 6:55:32 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 22 replies
    theregister.co.uk ^ | 21st February 2014 | Lewis Page,
    Top boffins from the British Antarctic Survey say that the Pine Island Glacier - famous as a possible major cause of global-warming-powered sea level rises - was melting just as fast thousands of years ago as it is melting today. “This paper [just published] is part of a wide range of international scientific efforts to understand the behaviour of this important glacier," explains Professor Mike Bentley, one of the leaders of a BAS effort to find out what's going on with the PIG. "The results are clear in showing a remarkably abrupt thinning of the glacier 8000 years ago," adds...
  • Big Antarctic glacier to keep raising seas, even without warming (Pine Island Glacier)

    02/20/2014 4:20:36 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 2/20/14 | Alister Doyle - Reuters
    OSLO (Reuters) - A thawing Antarctic glacier that is the biggest contributor to rising sea levels is likely to continue shrinking for decades, even without an extra spur from global warming, a study showed on Thursday. Scientists said the Pine Island Glacier, which carries more water to the sea than the Rhine River, also thinned 8,000 years ago at rates comparable to the present, in a melt that lasted for decades, perhaps for centuries. "Our findings reveal that Pine Island Glacier has experienced rapid thinning at least once in the past, and that, once set in motion, rapid ice sheet...
  • Bill Nye the Science Guy Confuses Arctic with Antarctic at Global Warming Debate

    02/17/2014 2:55:39 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 02/17/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Arctic, Antarctic, who cares? The science is settled. Just look at this hockey stick. So what if it’s really a baseball bat. The science is settled, I tell you. We settled it one weekend and now it’s settled for good. At 8 min. 30 seconds in, Nye holds up a picture of Arctic and asks: ‘Would you say that the Antarctic has less ice than it used to?’Climate Depot’s Answer: NO! See: Antarctic Sea Ice Extent is on track to have highest minimum in modern satellite era! – ‘Sea Ice Extent is 27.4% above normal as of Feb 7 2014′Er,...
  • Orthodox Church to be Sanctified in Antarctic

    02/14/2014 6:54:55 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Interfax ^ | 2/14/14
    St. Petersburg, February 14, Interfax - An Orthodox church of the Holy Trinity located at the Russian Antarctic station Bellingshausen will be sanctified on Friday, the press service for the Research Institute for the Arctic and Antarctic has reported. The church turns 10 on February 14, the press service reported. The polar explorers from the Russian Antarctic expedition suggested the creation of an Orthodox chapel back in the late 1990s. That offer was upheld and an Orthodox church was build at the station. The construction of the church began in fall 2001 in Altai. The main materials used in its...
  • Antarctic Lost Worlds - 2 New Dinosaurs Species Found

    02/27/2004 9:36:42 AM PST · by Mark Felton · 47 replies · 5,241+ views
    Astrobiology Magazine ^ | 2/27/04 | astrobiology
    Finding dinosaurs in Antarctica is both easier and harder than finding them on another continent. Easier, because like looking for meteorites, dinosaur bones show up against the stark landscape. Harder, because the dinosaur's cold-bloodedness wouldn't have lasted long prior to continental drift and climate changes. Antarctic Lost Worlds Tale of Two Dinosaursbased on National Science Foundation report Against incredible odds, researchers working in separate sites, thousands of miles apart in Antarctica have found what they believe are the fossilized remains of two species of dinosaurs previously unknown to science. Life on the Edge. South Pole view from Space.Credit: NASA One...
  • BIG BANG IN ANTARCTICA -- KILLER CRATER FOUND UNDER ICE

    06/01/2006 2:26:58 PM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 253 replies · 6,436+ views
    Ohio State University ^ | 01 June 2006 | Staff (press release)
    Ancient mega-catastrophe paved way for the dinosaurs, spawned Australian continent. Planetary scientists have found evidence of a meteor impact much larger and earlier than the one that killed the dinosaurs -- an impact that they believe caused the biggest mass extinction in Earth's history.The 300-mile-wide crater lies hidden more than a mile beneath the East Antarctic Ice Sheet. And the gravity measurements that reveal its existence suggest that it could date back about 250 million years -- the time of the Permian-Triassic extinction, when almost all animal life on Earth died out.Its size and location -- in the Wilkes Land...
  • Giant Crater Found [in Antarctica]: Tied to Worst Mass Extinction Ever [Permo-Triassic]

    06/02/2006 11:44:43 AM PDT · by cogitator · 127 replies · 3,229+ views
    SPACE.com ^ | June 2, 2006 | Robert Roy Britt
    An apparent crater as big as Ohio has been found in Antarctica. Scientists think it was carved by a space rock that caused the greatest mass extinction on Earth, 250 million years ago. The crater, buried beneath a half-mile of ice and discovered by some serious airborne and satellite sleuthing, is more than twice as big as the one involved in the demise of the dinosaurs. The crater's location, in the Wilkes Land region of East Antarctica, south of Australia, suggests it might have instigated the breakup of the so-called Gondwana supercontinent, which pushed Australia northward, the researchers said. "This...
  • Federal Government to seek full cost recovery for Antarctic expedition rescue

    01/24/2014 3:36:16 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 20 replies
    news.com.au ^ | january 24, 2014
    THE Federal Government will seek the full costs incurred during the recovery effort to save the MV Akademik Shokalskiy. Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt yesterday said costs, estimated at about $2.4 million, would be sought from the insurer of the operators of the vessel.
  • Question: What happen to the Global Warming Alarmists that got stuck in the ice?

    Whatever happen to the Global Warming Alarmists, who got stuck in the ice in "Antarcticawith a plan to show the world how badly alleged man-made “global warming” was wreaking havoc across the region" ? The last I heard, the United States was sending an "Ice-Breaker"to get the Russian ship out of the ice,that went to get the China "Ice-Breaker" out,that went to get the Australian "Ice-Breaker" out,that went to get the Russian-flagged shipcarrying the Global Warming Alarmists to Antarctica,to sell their lies.
  • Massive Hole Discovered Under Antarctica, Bigger Than The Grand Canyon

    01/17/2014 1:18:49 AM PST · by Flotsam_Jetsome · 56 replies
    Forbes ^ | 1/15/2014 | William Pentland
    A giant valley deeper than the Grand Canyon is buried beneath several miles of glacial ice in West Antarctica, according to a new study by British scientists. The sub-glacial canyon is nearly two miles deep, 200 miles long and 15 miles wide.
  • Akademic Shokalskiy makes it back to port, #spiritofmawson ship of fools still stuck in Antarctica

    01/13/2014 3:07:54 PM PST · by Daralundy · 15 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | January 13, 2014 | Anthony Watts
    The comedy just keeps on coming. Plus, now it seems that Turney failed to get some approvals, and his welcome home may not be all the happy. Maybe he’ll stay in Antarctica. After having to prematurely abandon their mission due to being stuck in ice, and having a weather forecast provided that said all they had to do was wait a few more days, which came true, freeing the ship, the intrepid Dr. Turney and his gaggle of global warming geese tourists were evacuated by helicopter to the Aurora Australis, which then sailed to the Australian Casey Station to finish...
  • Risking Lives to Promote Climate Change Hype

    01/09/2014 1:36:01 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 9, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    Will global warming alarmists ever set aside their hypotheses, hyperbole, models and ideologies long enough to acknowledge what is actually happening in the real world outside their windows? Will they at least do so before setting off on another risky, misguided adventure? Before persuading like-minded or naïve people to join them? Before forcing others to risk life and limb to transport – and rescue – them? If history is any guide, the answer is: Not likely. The absurd misadventures of University of New South Wales climate professor Chris Turney is but the latest example. He and 51 co-believers set out...
  • Eco-warriors stranded in the Antarctic! It’s too good to be true (Mark Steyn)

    01/08/2014 7:22:05 PM PST · by xp38 · 41 replies
    The Spectator ^ | January 8 2014 | Mark Steyn
    Yes, yes, just to get the obligatory ‘of courses’ out of the way up front: of course ‘weather’ is not the same as ‘climate’; and of course the thickest iciest ice on record could well be evidence of ‘global warming’, just as 40-and-sunny and a 35-below blizzard and 12 degrees and partly cloudy with occasional showers are all apparently manifestations of ‘climate change’; and of course the global warm-mongers are entirely sincere in their belief that the massive carbon footprint of their rescue operation can be offset by the planting of wall-to-wall trees the length and breadth of Australia, Britain,...
  • Trapped (global warming) research ship, rescue vessel break free of Antarctic ice

    01/08/2014 2:29:41 AM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    NBC News ^ | 1/07/14 | Alastair Jamieson
    A Russian research ship and a Chinese icebreaker that were stranded in Antarctica have broken free from heavy ice and no longer need to be rescued by the United States, Australian officials said Wednesday. More than 50 scientists, researchers and tourists had to be airlifted from the Russian-owned vessel Akademik Shokalskiy after it became trapped on Dec. 24, 100 nautical miles east of French Antarctic station Dumont d'Urville and about 1,500 nautical miles (2,250 miles) south of Tasmania, Australia. The protracted international rescue effort was itself delayed by the conditions, with blinding snow, strong winds and thick sea ice preventing...
  • Antarctic Expedition to Plant 'Thousands of Trees' to Off Set Carbon Footprint of Rescue (!!!)

    01/06/2014 9:26:23 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 59 replies
    Breibart blog ^ | 1-5-2014 | Elizabeth Sheld
    Members of the Antarctic expedition trapped in the regions icy tundra have pledged to plant "thousands" of trees to "cover" the carbon footprint resulting from their rescue. The Russian ship Akademik Shokalskiy became lodged in ice on Christmas Eve during a research study on global warming. Debate has heated up, no pun intended, over exactly how many trees will need to be planted to offset the rescue effort's "damage." The expedition had pledged to plant about 800 kauri trees in Northland to cover its carbon footprint. Environmentalists believe planting trees helps to offset the impact of burning fuels such as...
  • Chinese Icebreaker Trapped After Helping in Antarctic Rescue

    01/04/2014 1:10:04 PM PST · by Anton.Rutter · 49 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Alexander Marquardt & Anthony Castellano (GMA)
    The 52 passengers rescued from an icebound ship in Antarctica might now become the rescuers. The Chinese ship that sent a helicopter to rescue the passengers on board the Russian ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy is now stuck in Antarctic ice and might need a rescue of its own, according to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority. An Australian icebreaker carrying the 52 passengers is waiting in open water to see if it has to go back to help the Chinese icebreaker Snow Dragon.
  • Antarctic rescue ship now stuck in ice

    01/03/2014 11:14:29 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 62 replies
    Telegraph ^ | January 3, 2014 | By Harriet Alexander
    A ship which was used to rescue by helicopter 52 people from a trapped Antarctic ship has now found itself in need of rescue – after it got stuck in heavy ice. Having not moved for several days while preparing to airlift the passengers, the Chinese-owned Snow Dragon is now wedged in ice. The ship was used as a launch pad to pick up the passengers on Thursday, after they had spent nine days stranded. Their ship, the Akademik Shokalskiy, became wedged in ice on Christmas Eve as it was heading towards Antarctica. After a lengthy operation to ferry passengers...
  • Antarctic ice shelf melt 'lowest EVER recorded, global warming is NOT eroding it'

    01/03/2014 8:54:18 AM PST · by Signalman · 19 replies
    the register ^ | 1/3/2014 | Lewis Page
    Scientists at the British Antarctic Survey say that the melting of the Pine Island Glacier ice shelf in Antarctica has suddenly slowed right down in the last few years, confirming earlier research which suggested that the shelf's melt does not result from human-driven global warming. The Pine Island Glacier in West Antarctica and its associated sea ice shelf is closely watched: this is because unlike most of the sea ice around the austral continent, its melt rate has seemed to be accelerating quickly since scientists first began seriously studying it in the 1990s. Many researchers had suggested that this was...
  • Global Irony - Warming theory gets trapped in Antactic ice.

    01/03/2014 8:00:04 AM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 3, 2014 | Deroy Murdock
    Chinese choppers on Thursday evacuated 52 passengers who had been marooned near the South Pole since Christmas Eve aboard the Russian science vessel MS Akademik Shokalsky. It will take far more than helicopters, however, to salvage the theory of so-called “global warming.” It remains trapped in Antarctic ice. “We’re stuck in our own experiment,” said Chris Turney, a professor of climate change at Australia’s University of New South Wales. The voyage’s leader was no mere guide, and his fellow travelers were not just tourists. While news accounts portrayed these people as star-crossed adventurers, the frustrated Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE) was...
  • Frozen Out: 98% of Stories Ignore That Ice-bound Ship Was On Global Warming Mission

    01/02/2014 10:08:18 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 26 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 1/2/14 | Mike Ciandella
    A group of climate change scientists were rescued by helicopter Jan. 2, after being stranded in the ice since Christmas morning. But the majority of the broadcast networks’ reports about the ice-locked climate researchers never mentioned climate change. The Russian ship, Akademic Shokalskiy, was stranded in the ice while on a climate change research expedition, yet nearly 98 percent of network news reports about the stranded researchers failed to mention their mission at all. Forty out of 41 stories (97.5 percent) on the network morning and evening news shows since Dec. 25 failed to mention climate change had anything to...
  • 100-Year-Old Box of Negatives Discovered by Conservators in Antarctica

    12/27/2013 6:38:42 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 56 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | DEC 27,2013 | DL CADE
    Almost one hundred years after a group of explorers set out across the frozen landscape of Antarctica to set up supply depots for famed explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, a box of 22 never-before-seen exposed but unprocessed negatives taken by the group’s photographer has been unearthed in one of those shacks, preserved in a block of ice.
  • 100-Year-Old Box of Negatives Discovered by Conservators in Antarctica

    01/01/2014 1:22:27 PM PST · by beaversmom · 8 replies
    Peta Pixel ^ | December 27, 2013 | DL Cade
    Almost one hundred years after a group of explorers set out across the frozen landscape of Antarctica to set up supply depots for famed explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, a box of 22 never-before-seen exposed but unprocessed negatives taken by the group’s photographer has been unearthed in one of those shacks, preserved in a block of ice. This incredible discovery was made by the Conservators of the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust who are working to restore an old exploration hut. The 22 cellulose nitrate negatives were, the Trust believes, left there by Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, which became stranded on...
  • On Ice: 100-year-old negatives discovered in Antarctic

    01/01/2014 12:12:45 AM PST · by GonzoII · 11 replies
    Imaging Resource ^ | Friday, December 27, 2013 | Steve Meltzer
    Conservators restoring an Antarctic exploration hut recently made a remarkable discovery: a small box of 22 exposed but unprocessed photographic negatives, frozen in a solid block of ice for nearly one hundred years. These negatives were meticulously processed and restored by a Wellington photography conservator. Antarctic Heritage Trust executive director Nigel Watson said of these never-before-seen images:"It's the first example that I'm aware of, of undeveloped negatives from a century ago from the Antarctic heroic era. There's a paucity of images from that expedition." The team from the Antarctic Heritage Trust (NZ) discovered the box in a corner of one...
  • Rescue for Antarctic ice-bound ship under threat (Chinese ice breaker may also be stuck)

    12/31/2013 1:23:20 PM PST · by Zakeet · 121 replies
    BBC ^ | December 31, 2013
    A rescue mission for a ship trapped in ice in Antarctica is under threat as reports have emerged that one of the assisting vessels may itself be stuck.Fifty-two passengers and four crew members were due to be evacuated by helicopter from China's Xue Long ship as soon as conditions allowed. However, the Xue Long has barely moved in a day and may be stuck in the ice.
  • 'Stuck in our own experiment': Leader of trapped team insists polar ice is melting

    12/31/2013 10:06:57 AM PST · by chessplayer · 92 replies
    Foxnews ^ | December 30, 2013
    Turney later told FoxNews.com the ice surrounding his ship is old, rather than recently formed, and likely from a particular 75 mile-long iceberg that broke apart three years ago. Climate change may have prompted the iceberg to shatter and float into the previously open sea where the mostly Australian team finds itself stranded, Turney said.
  • Trapped ship passengers can't go overboard with New Year celebration (ice trapped)

    12/31/2013 2:09:01 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 31, 2013 | Lincoln Feast and Maggie Lu Yueyang
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - Passengers and crew aboard a Russian ship trapped for eight days in ice off Antarctica planned to ring in the New Year with dinner, drinks and song as they waited for a break in a blizzard to allow a Chinese helicopter to rescue them. But they can't party too hard because the rescue could come at any minute. The Akademik Shokalskiy, trapped since December 24 about 100 nautical miles east of a French Antarctic station, Dumont D'Urville, and about 1,500 nautical miles south of Tasmania, welcomes the New Year at 1100 GMT, two hours ahead of Sydney....
  • Cloud mystery solved: Global temperatures to rise at least 4°C by 2100

    12/31/2013 7:29:24 AM PST · by Abathar · 101 replies
    EurekAlert ^ | 12/31/2013 | Alvin Stone
    Cloud impact on climate sensitivity unveiled Global average temperatures will rise at least 4°C by 2100 and potentially more than 8°C by 2200 if carbon dioxide emissions are not reduced according to new research published in Nature. Scientists found global climate is more sensitive to carbon dioxide than most previous estimates. The research also appears to solve one of the great unknowns of climate sensitivity, the role of cloud formation and whether this will have a positive or negative effect on global warming. “Our research has shown climate models indicating a low temperature response to a doubling of carbon dioxide...
  • U.K Guardian Reporter Aboard Icebound Antarctic Ship Goes Stir Crazy

    12/31/2013 7:51:12 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 84 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | December 31, 2013 | P.J. Gladnick
    The helicopter rescue crew is coming to take me away, ha-haaa! They're coming to take me away, ho-ho, hee-hee, ha-haaa! To the funny farm. Where I can find banana peanut butter milkshakes sprinkled with delicious carbon credits. We thought it was a joke and so we laughed, we laughed when I had said that proving global warming had trapped us in ice and that I'm going MAD!!! And U.K. Guardian reporter Laurence Topham has proclaimed himself going mad (along with his craving for banana peanut butter milkshakes) in this rather morose video diary in which he discovers that that the...
  • Global Warming Researcher Gets Stuck in Ice

    12/31/2013 5:47:53 AM PST · by Innovative · 24 replies
    San Francisco Chronicla ^ | Dec 30, 2013 | Debra Saunders
    A funny thing happened during Australian climate-change professor Chris Turney's venture to retrace a 1912 research expedition in Antarctica and gauge how climate change has affected the continent: Two weeks into a five-week excursion, Turney's good ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy got trapped in ice. It turns out, global warming notwithstanding, that there's so much ice down under that two ice-breaking vessels sent to rescue the research team cannot reach the Australasian Antarctic Expedition. Years ago, global warming believers renamed the phenomenon "climate change" - probably because of pesky details like unusually cold weather undercutting the warming argument. Now, just as...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The Coldest Place on Earth

    12/11/2013 3:55:50 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 52 replies
    NASA ^ | December 11, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: How cold can it get on Earth? In the interior of the Antarctica, a record low temperature of -93.2 °C (-135.8 °F) has been recorded. This is about 25 °C (45 °F) colder than the coldest lows noted for any place humans live permanently. The record temperature occurred in 2010 August -- winter in Antarctica -- and was found by scientists sifting through decades of climate data taken by Earth-orbiting satellites. The coldest spots were found near peaks because higher air is generally colder, although specifically in depressions near these peaks because relatively dense cold air settled there and...
  • Cold dis-comfort: Antarctica set record of -135.8

    12/09/2013 5:04:25 PM PST · by Morgana · 74 replies
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Feeling chilly? Here's cold comfort: You could be in East Antarctica which new data says set a record for "soul-crushing" cold. Try 135.8 degrees Fahrenheit below zero; that's 93.2 degrees below zero Celsius, which sounds only slightly toastier. Better yet, don't try it. That's so cold scientists say it hurts to breathe.
  • Fire And Ice - Volcanoes, Not CO2, Melt West Antarctic

    12/10/2013 4:42:46 PM PST · by raptor22 · 25 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 10, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Junk Science: Researchers have discovered a chain of smoldering active volcanoes under the West Antarctic ice sheet — which happens to be the ice sheet that climate hysterics say is proof of man-caused global warming. The 2004 science fiction movie "The Day After Tomorrow" — and the operative word here is "fiction" — opened with a portion of the West Antarctic ice sheet shearing off as a prelude to planetary doom. But if the researchers depicted in the film had looked deep into the widening crevice, they might have noticed a string of active volcanoes lurking under nearly a mile...
  • Antarctica Sets Cold Record of -135.8 Degrees

    12/10/2013 5:13:06 AM PST · by gusopol3 · 33 replies
    Weather Channel ^ | December 9, 2013 | Seth Borenstein
    Feeling chilly? Here's cold comfort: You could be in East Antarctica which new data says set a record for soul-crushing cold. Try 135.8 degrees Fahrenheit below zero; that's 93.2 degrees below zero Celsius, which sounds only slightly toastier. Better yet, don't try it. That's so cold scientists say it hurts to breathe. A new look at NASA satellite data revealed that Earth set a new record for coldest temperature recorded. It happened in August 2010 when it hit -135.8 degrees. Then on July 31 of this year, it came close again: -135.3 degrees. The old record had been -128.6 degrees,...
  • Volcano discovery hints at fire below ice in Antarctica

    11/20/2013 6:03:18 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 32 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 17, 2013 | Geoffrey Mohan
    Seismologists working in a mountainous area of Marie Byrd Land in western Antarctica detected a swarm of low-magnitude earthquakes in 2010 and 2011 similar to those that can precede volcanic eruptions... and the characteristics and depth of the seismic events are consistent with those found in volcanic areas of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, the Pacific Northest, Hawaii and Mt. Pinatubo in the Philippines... The tight focus of the 1,370 tremors and their deep, long-period waves helped researchers rule out ice quakes, glacial motion or tectonic activity as causes. So, too, did their apparent depth: At 15-25 miles beneath the sub-glacial surface,...
  • Extreme Antarctic Winds Shape Trees Into Beautiful Forms on Slope Point, New Zealand

    11/17/2013 9:27:48 AM PST · by Pan_Yan · 29 replies
    Bored Panda ^ | November 14, 2013
    As wonderful and useful as our modern technologies are, there are still plenty of places in this world where Mother Nature rules supreme. One such place is Slope Point in New Zealand. Slope Point is the southernmost tip of New Zealand’s South Island. It lies 4800 km (2982 mi) from the South Pole and 5100 km (3168 mi) from the equator, so it’s regularly exposed to unimaginable weather conditions. The air stream loops that travel over the Southern Ocean uninterrupted for 3200 km (2000 mi) make landfall at Slope Point, making for consistently extreme winds. And yet, even in this...
  • Antarctic Glacier Has Five-story Blood-red Waterfall of Primordial Ooze

    There is a five-story, blood-red waterfall pouring slowly from the Taylor Glacier in Antarctica's McMurdo Dry Valley. Its back story, at Atlas Obscura, is simply remarkable: Roughly 2 million years ago, the Taylor Glacier sealed beneath it a small body of water which contained an ancient community of microbes. Trapped below a thick layer of ice, they have remained there ever since, isolated inside a natural time capsule. Evolving independently of the rest of the living world, these microbes exist without heat, light, or oxygen, and are essentially the definition of "primordial ooze." The trapped lake has very high salinity...
  • Antarctic Sea Ice Didn’t Get The Memo That It Was Supposed To Melt

    10/20/2013 12:55:53 PM PDT · by Signalman · 15 replies
    WUWT ^ | 10/20/2013 | justthefactswuwt
    By WUWT Regular Just The Facts Per the graph above, Antarctic Sea Ice Extent has remained above the 1981 – 2010 “normal” range for much of the last three months and the current positive Antarctic Sea Ice Extent anomaly appears quite large for a planet supposedly on the verge of Dangerous Warming. Furthermore, in 2013 we had the third most expansive Southern Sea Ice Area measured to date;
  • An Open Question for Geographiliacs: Does Antarctica's 14,000,000 km2 Include the ice Shelves?

    08/10/2013 7:57:52 PM PDT · by Robert A. Cook, PE · 21 replies
    But A Lack of Sources is the Problem | 10 August 2013 | RACookPE1978
    Working on some area and latitude calculations for sea ice. many hundreds of on-line references report that the Antarctic continent is 14,000,000 square kilometers: A nice, convenient even round number. That's obviously always been rounded off as one source copies from everybody, or just never measured accurately. Neither seems correct. the NSIRDC tracks sea ice, and they have explicitly written me that their "Antarctic Sea Ice"totals do NOT include the permanent ice shelves around many areas of that continent. Fine, no problem: and it even makes sense: Why should a federal agency track "permanent sea shelves" when they can get...
  • Ancient Ice Melt Unearthed in Antarctic Mud: 20-Meter Sea Level Rise, Five Million Years Ago

    07/22/2013 4:12:09 PM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 23 replies
    Science Daily ^ | July 21, 2013 | Colin Smith
    Global warming five million years ago may have caused parts of Antarctica's large ice sheets to melt and sea levels to rise by approximately 20 metres, scientists report today in the journal Nature Geoscience. The researchers, from Imperial College London, and their academic partners studied mud samples to learn about ancient melting of the East Antarctic ice sheet. They discovered that melting took place repeatedly between five and three million years ago, during a geological period called Pliocene Epoch, which may have caused sea levels to rise approximately ten metres.
  • New Antarctic Evidence Reveals Past Melting

    07/22/2013 12:37:41 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 7/22/13 | Becky Oskin - LiveScience.com
    One of the wild cards in estimating future sea level rise from global warming is the enormous East Antarctic Ice Sheet, which holds more freshwater in its icy expanse than the whole of Greenland. Some climate models predict the giant ice sheet will undergo relatively little change as the planet warms in coming decades, while others forecast significant melting. Now, a new study suggests parts of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet underwent significant melting during the Pliocene, a recent geologic epoch when climate conditions were similar to those of today. ... During the Pliocene epoch between 5.3 million to 2.6...
  • Antarctic's Pine Island glacier produces giant iceberg

    07/09/2013 5:36:38 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies
    BBC News ^ | 7/9/13 | Jonathan Amos
    Pine Island Glacier (PIG), the longest and fastest flowing glacier in the Antarctic, has spawned a huge iceberg. The block measures about 720 sq km in area - roughly eight times the size of Manhattan Island in New York. Scientists have been waiting for the PIG to calve since October 2011 when they first noticed a spectacular crack spreading across its surface. Confirmation that the fissure had extended the full width of the glacier was obtained on Monday. It was seen by the German TerraSAR-X satellite. This carries a radar instrument that can detect the surface of the ice stream...
  • Antarctic Lake Vostok buried under two miles of ice found to teem with life

    07/07/2013 5:51:24 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 45 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 3:23PM BST 06 Jul 2013
    Analysis of ice cores obtained from the basin of Lake Vostok, the subglacial lake that Russian scientists drilled down to in 2012, have revealed DNA from an estimated 3,507 organisms. While the majority were found to be bacteria, many of which were new to science, there were also other single celled organisms and multicellular organisms found, including from fungi. The diversity of life from the lake has surprised scientists as many had thought the lake would be sterile due to the extreme conditions. Lake Vostok was first covered by ice more than 15 million years ago and is now buried...
  • Six billion tonnes of water vanishes from underground Antarctic lake

    07/03/2013 3:20:15 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 22 replies
    National Post ^ | July 2, 2013
    Six billion tonnes of water may have been dumped into the ocean all at once after an underground Antarctic lake overtopped, causing the ice sheet above it to slump into a giant 260 square-kilometre crater.
  • NASA map shows what Antarctica would look like without ice

    06/08/2013 4:14:15 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 43 replies
    CBC News ^ | JUNE 7, 2013
    The Antarctic continent is a frozen landscape of snow and sleet, but a new map from NASA exposes what the region would look like if all the ice were to disappear.
  • Antarctic Seafloor Core Suggests Earth's Orbital Oscillations May Be The Key To What Controlled Ice

    10/18/2001 7:36:43 AM PDT · by callisto · 19 replies · 892+ views
    Ohio State University ^ | October 17, 2001
    Editor's Note: This story embargoed for release until 2 pm ET Wednesday, October 17, 2001, to coincide with publication in the journal Nature.) COLUMBUS, Ohio - An international team of scientists reported this week that a rock core drilled from the seafloor off the coast of Antarctica is the first to show cyclic climate changes in polar regions that are linked to cores taken from the ocean bottom in both temperate and tropical zones. These records show ice sheet advances and retreats that match Milankovitch cycles - variations in the Earth's orbit around the sun, in the tilt of the ...
  • Strong Evidence Points to Earth's Proximity to Sun as Ice Age Trigger (GW Update!)

    08/28/2007 7:29:26 AM PDT · by ConservativeMind · 74 replies · 1,792+ views
    Physorg.com ^ | August 27, 2007 | UCSD
    When do ice ages begin? In June, of course. Analysis of Antarctic ice cores led by Kenji Kawamura, a visiting scientist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, shows that the last four great ice age cycles began when Earth’s distance from the sun during its annual orbit became great enough to prevent summertime melts of glacial ice. The absence of those melts allowed buildups of the ice over periods of time that would become characterized as glacial periods. Results of the study appear in the Aug. 23 edition of the journal Nature. Jeff Severinghaus, a Scripps geoscientist and...
  • Antarctic Lake Vostok yields 'new bacterial life'

    03/09/2013 4:22:52 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    bbc ^ | 7 March 2013 Last updated at 16:51 ET | Paul Rincon
    Last year, the team drilled through almost 4km (2.34 miles) of ice to reach the lake and retrieve samples. Vostok is thought to have been cut off from the surface for millions of years. This has raised the possibility that such isolated bodies of water might host microbial life forms new to science. "After putting aside all possible elements of contamination, DNA was found that did not coincide with any of the well-known types in the global database," said Sergei Bulat, of the genetics laboratory at the St Petersburg Institute of Nuclear Physics. "We are calling this life form unclassified...
  • Rolling blue waves hit the Antarctic coastline

    11/27/2012 1:12:54 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies
    Yahoo! Photos ^ | 11/27/12 | Tony Travouillon
    These brilliant blue beauties, which look like tidal waves frozen at their highest point, were captured by French astrophysicist (and part-time photographer) Tony Travouillon as he travelled across Antarctica.
  • Billions of Tons of Methane Lurk Beneath Antarctic Ice

    08/29/2012 6:47:54 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 60 replies
    LiveScience.com on Yahoo ^ | 8/29/12 | Tia Ghose, LiveScience
    Microbes possibly feeding on the remains of an ancient forest may be generating billions of tons of methane deep beneath Antarctic ice, a new study suggests. The amount of this greenhouse gas — which would exist in the form of a frozen latticelike substance called methane hydrate — lurking beneath the ice sheet rivals that stored in the world's oceans, the researchers said. If the ice sheet collapses, the greenhouse gas could be released into the atmosphere and dramatically worsen global warming, researchers warn in a study published in the Aug. 30 issue of the journal Nature. "There could be...