BAS explores impact of plastic in the polar regions

Scientists have found plastic waste almost everywhere on Earth and Antarctica's once pristine seas and shorelines are also being polluted with debris and particles of microplastics. Over the next three years, the British Antarctic Survey (BAS)…

Le baroud d'honneur de l'Astrolabe

Voici une vidéo sur l'ultime expédition du navire scientifique l'Astrolabe, dont dépendait jusque là pour son ravitaillement la Base française Dumont-Durville. Le navire prend désormais une retraite bien méritée... et active, puisqu'il…

Cap sur l'Antarctique à bord de la Goélette Vaihéré

Mercredi dernier, j'ai assisté à une projection de film sur l'Antarctique, suivie d'un débat. Cette soirée s'est révélée une extraordinaire occasion de revivre mon propre voyage en Péninsule antarctique de l'année dernière (voir My…

New French ice-breaker heads to Antarctica

France’s new ice-breaker, L’Astrolabe, started her first mission to Antarctica in October. She arrived in Hobart, Tasmania, on 27th October. From there she sailed to the French station Dumont d’Urville and will continue to carry out resupply…
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Fin d'hivernage à Concordia

Le premier avion de la saison est arrivée à la station Concordia mercredi 8 novembre. Il transportait l’équipe franco-italienne de 15 personnes. The first plane of the season arrived at the French station Concordia on 8 November with…

A new italian scientific campaign in Antarctica

This period marks the start of the summer italian scientific campaign in Antarctica. The researchers'activities will take place in the Mario Zucchelli station, but also at other antarctic bases: such international cooperation rules the relationships…

Le cauchemar du président, un roman de Denis Ralet

Que se passerait-il si une bombe atomique explosait en Antarctique, suite à un attentat terroriste? Cette accélération majeure de la fonte des glaces, la radioactivité... tout cela engendrerait un séisme majeur sur tous les plans, environnemental,…

Decline of periglacial zones: biodiversity at risk

Near Antarctica and the Arctic, cold regions known as 'periglacial zones'  may almost disappear by the end of the century due to climate change, according to recent research. If this happens, it will cause major harm to biodiversity and it…

No agreement on protected area off East Antarctic coast

Despite pressure from Australia, France and the EU, the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) recently failed to reach agreement on creating a new Marine Protection Area (MPA) off the East Antarctic coast.…

Methane-eating bacteria found under West Antarctic ice sheet

Scientists from the University of Aberystwyth, Wales, involved in Antarctic research have found ‘methane-eating’ bacteria that act as a kind of biological filter in water samples from Lake Whillans. These potentially beneficial bacteria…