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Kelp surfs to Antarctica

It used to be thought Antarctica was cut off from the rest of the world. But earlier this summer, scientists published a paper showing that kelp had reached the continent by 'surfing' on the ocean waves driven by the wind. Read more...
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East Antarctic mosses dying out due to climate change

Antarctica has very little vegetation apart from a few extremely hardy mosses that grow in East Antarctica. Now it seems these are dying off due to climate change which has made the region much drier. Read the BBC's news item or the scientific…
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Good news for the West Antarctic Ice Sheet?

The calculating the impact of physical processes like ice-loss and climate change on Antarctica is extremely complex. And often the outlook is bad. But over the summer, scientists from Ohio State University, USA, found that the bedrock under…
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The western ice sheet is melting, what about the east?

It's widely known that the West Antarctic ice sheet is melting and now scientists believe the ice sheet in the East is succumbing to the effects of climate change. This fascinating article from National Geographic explains the background. It…
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ICESat-2 launches to measure polar ice

What's happening to the Antarctic ice-sheet? How quickly is it melting and by how much? A couple of days ago NASA launched ICESat-2 which will allow scientists to get a clear picture of ice-sheet loss at both poles - and the potential sea-level…

Paul Nicklen: photographer who captures the beauty of the poles

We recommend this inspiring article about Paul Nicklen who grew up in the north of Canada, learning survival techniques from the indigenous people. He has since become world-famous for his breathtaking wildlife photos taken in both the Artic…

Antarctic Live in London

If you are in London over the next few days there's still time to catch Antarctica Live at the Science Museum - a festival of art and science, which includes dance as a way to celebrate the continent's extraordinary beauty. The festival ends…

Sylviane, ou la dérive sur l'océan déchaîné

MD: Je vous ai parlé dans My Story de mes déboires sur l'océan antarctique à bord d'un petit voilier. Eh bien, je l'ignorais, mais vingt ans plus tôt, Sylviane a vécu une expérience similaire et a bien cru, tout comme moi, sa dernière…

Avant-goût d'une interview passionnante de Claude De Broyer sur la vie marine antarctique

J'ai eu le privilège récemment d'interviewer le Professeur Claude De Broyer, spécialiste internationalement reconnu du monde marin antarctique. Un monde mystérieux, où nombre d'espèces plus étranges les unes que les autres ont été découvertes,…
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Southern Ocean among the last wildernesses of the seas

A new study shows that just 13.2% of the Earth's oceans are now truly wild. The seas around the Antarctic contain some of these remaining wilderness, which makes efforts to create new marine protected areas (our previous blog post) all the more…