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Belgica 121: On its way home

Belgica 121, the low impact scientific mission to Antarctica that we've been reporting on, is heading back to South Africa. The team has been collecting samples of water and ocean life and diving in icy waters to advance understanding of biodiversity…
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Huge lakes under glacier challenge ideas on sea level rise

Australian scientists have discovered huge lakes under the Totten glacier in East Antarctica. This new revelation is causing a rethink in how ice melt from Antarctica will raise sea levels. More research is needed to get a clear picture of how…
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EU-Polar net defines topics for EU polar research

If you've ever wondered why Europe is involved in polar research, the links below will give you some answers. Last year, 50 experts from 16 countries got together at a workshop in Spain to discuss which topics in polar research are relevant…

Meteorite hunting in Antarctica

Besides giving us important insights into the history and climate of planet Earth, Antarctica is a great place to look for meteorites which tell us about more about our solar system. A recent BBC story explains more, with some brilliant photos…

Diving with icebergs - Belgica 121 gets to work

The Belgica 121 research expedition is now at work exploring the life and geology of the Southern Ocean off Antarctica. We're proud to be following this remarkable project which is showing how research can be carried out with minimum disturbance…

Drones capture amazing images of blue whales

Blues whales are the biggest animal that has ever existed, yet they too are under threat. Australian scientists exploring how to manage the Southern Ocean to protect its wildlife have been using drones to help them understand more about these…