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…

Iceberg size of New York City may soon calve

On February 24th, NASA tweeted that the giant cracks in the Brunt Ice Shelf could be about to release an iceberg twice the size of New York City. The crack was stable for 35 years but has been opening at an ever faster rate since 2012. The…
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Belgica 121 is on its way, sailing to Antarctica

"Marking the 121st anniversary since the first Antarctic expedition in human history, an international team of nine scientists embark on a journey to the frozen continent. Their choice of transport: a small sail boat." This is the synopsis…

A voir: l'Antarctique extraordinaire

A voir cette épisode du "Jardin Extraordinaire" sur le RTBF (chaine de télé belge) - un magnifique reportage sur l'antarctique. https://www.rtbf.be/auvio/detail_le-jardin-extraordinaire?id=2457597  

Not quite so bad? New research on ice loss

The direst predictions of sea-level rise caused by melting Antarctic ice sheets may not come about, so says new research published in Nature. However, the impact of ice loss on the climate are still not fully understood and may even be worse…
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New survey of Antarctic krill

Krill are tiny crustaceans found in huge quantities in the Southern Ocean. They are a vital food source at the base of the food chain, eaten by whales, penguins, seals and squid. Last year, we posted about an industry initiative to protect…
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Manhattan-sized cavity under Thwaites glacier

Satellite data from a NASA-led project has revealed a massive cavity under the Thwaites glacier in West Antarctica. The cavity covers an area about two-thirds the area of Manhattan and is 300 m tall. This discovery has surprised scientists who…

UK teams sets 2 km record for hot-water drilling

A UK team has drilled over 2152 metres down to the base of the West Antarctic ice sheet, setting a new record for hot-water drilling. Often scientists remove 'ice cores' to learn more about how our planet responded to climate change in the…