Entries by Antarctic Stories Team

Les barrières de glace fragilisées

Un article fascinant qui explique, vidéo et images à l’appui, comment les chercheurs combinent les images satellites et l’intelligence artificielle pour étudier les grandes barrières de glace soutenant les glaciers de l’Antarctique. Ils montrent que le réchauffement atmosphérique menacerait d’effondrement ces plateformes de glace qui sont le prolongement en mer d’un glacier terrestre. Lire plus: https://www.futura-sciences.com/planete/actualites/antarctique-antarctique-moitie-barrieres-glace-sont-fragilisees-rechauffement-climatique-82667/  

What future for tourism in Antarctica?

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on tourism worldwide. For Antarctica, this enforced pause could be a vital opportunity to think about how to manage tourism in such a fragile environment. As this article says, it’s important to avoid the continent ‘being loved to death’. https://en.mercopress.com/2020/08/25/why-the-pandemic-s-pause-on-travel-could-be-a-defining-moment-for-rethinking-antarctic-tourism

Good news – Emperor penguin poop spotted from space

It’s often hard to find colonies of Emperor penguins. They are frequently located in remote, difficult to reach locations across Antarctica. But satellites circling high above the Earth have spotted their poop on the pure white surface in remote corners of the continent. What’s more, it seems there are more colonies than scientists previously thought. […]

Good news for Adelies!

Climate change is threatening many species of animals across the world. But Adelie penguins are benefiting from the loss of sea ice – they much prefer swimming in the sea instead of waddling over the ice! Read more: https://news.sky.com/story/antarctic-penguins-are-happier-with-less-sea-ice-scientists-find-12014356    

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Mystère de l’œuf géant

Depuis sa découverte en 2011, le mystère plane sur les origines d’un œuf à coquille molle de 18 cm sur 28 cm trouvé en Antarctique. Quel animal a pu pondre un tel œuf – le deuxième plus grand jamais découvert ? Finalement, les chercheurs ont une réponse. Lire plus : https://www.sciencesetavenir.fr/archeo-paleo/paleontologie/oeuf-mosasaure_145214 A giant soft-shelled egg found in […]

Ice shelves may disappear very rapidly

New research that examined the ridges on the sea bed in Antarctica suggests that floating ice shelves could melt back by 6 miles (about 10km) per year. Although some scientists dispute the findings of the study, if correct it could have major implications. Melting at this rate could mean sea level rises around the world […]

Parts of ‘White Continent’ turn green

As parts of Antarctica experience warmer weather, the snow is turning green. The colour is caused by blooms of algae which grow on the slushy snow, nourished by the nutrients in penguin droppings. Scientists discovered the blooms on satellite images and confirmed their presence by visits to the affected areas in the Antarctic Peninsula. The […]