Entries by Antarctic Stories Team

Lengthy stays in Antarctica shrink brains

An extended stay in a remote Antarctic research station is the closest thing to a long space journey that humans can experience without leaving Earth. But scientists have discovered that the isolation and unchanging views have an impact on the human brain and cognitive abilities. The study was small, so more research needs to be […]

Antarctica under threat from invasive species

Over millennia, Antarctica’s geographic isolation has created a unique biological environment. However, this is increasingly under threat from climate change and human visitors. People bring species that could never reach the continent on their own. New types of grass and fly are already making themselves at home according to recent scientific research. Read more here. […]

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Le « trou » le plus profond sur Terre se trouve en Antarctique

Ce « trou » se trouve sous le glacier Denman, à l’est de l’Antarctique. Il descend à plus de 3,5 kilomètres – seules des fosses sous-marines descendent encore plus bas ! Pour en savoir plus : https://www.futura-sciences.com/sciences/videos/antarctique-decouvrez-point-emerge-plus-profond-terre-6498/ https://www.journaldugeek.com/2019/12/16/trou-profond-terre-antarctique/ En anglais : https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-50753113  

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Petites bêtes, grand froid

Annick Wilmotte est une chercheuse belge, spécialiste des cyanobactéries, qui s’est rendue en Antarctique à plusieurs reprises. Dans cet article fascinant (lien ci-dessous), paru dans la revue de ULiège, elle parle de sa carrière. Elle explique l’intérêt des recherches en cyanobactéries pour de multiples applications, allant de la prédiction de toxicité des cyanobactéries dans les […]

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Human activity brings invasive species to Antarctica

Human presence in Antarctica has already affected some of its delicate ecology and climate change will make it easier for invasive species to establish themselves. So says a new report which explores the impact of human activity on Antarctica’s unique ecosystems and biodiversity. “Antarctic terrestrial ecosystems are not entirely isolated from those of the rest […]