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Antarctica warming faster than the rest of the world

The interior of the Antarctic may be warming much faster than the rest of the world. So says new research, which looked at natural climate variability and human-made climate change. It's another warning that we can't wait to act on climate…
https://news.utexas.edu/2020/06/17/egg-from-antarctica-is-big-and-might-belong-to-an-extinct-sea-lizard/
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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…
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Antarctica's meteorite mystery

Meteorites are dark coloured lumps of rock that fall from space to earth. They can be very small but on a continent covered in snow and ice, it's easy to see them. So you might think that makes Antarctica an ideal place for scientists looking…

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…

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…
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Antarctica in the time of corona virus

While millions of people around the world are coping with COVID-19 lockdowns, scientists and support staff in Antarctica are preparing to ‘lockdown’ for their winter isolation. They will be completely cut off from the rest of the world in…
https://science.sciencemag.org/content/early/2020/04/29/science.aaz5845

Images show Antarctic ice loss in exceptional detail

Data from space is allowing scientists to understand ice loss in Antarctica as never before. The high resolution images are both beautiful and concerning, illustrating in great detail where ice is thinning. See more here: https://www.nyt…

Microplastics found in 10 year old ice core

Scientists have found microplastics in an ice core taken from east Antarctica in 2009. It's not clear where the plastic came from. But it's possible that it is the result of local pollution from visitors to the continent (researchers and tourists) …
By Gregory "Slobirdr" Smith - Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus), CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=40573659
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Blue whales return!

Can we change things for the better? Here's a good news story to encourage anyone working to protect the wildlife of our planet. A team led by the British Antarctic Survey spotted 55 blue whales on a recent expedition to South Georgia (a…
https://www.npr.org/2020/02/21/808187601/-antarctica-melts-nasa-says-showing-effects-of-record-heat?t=1582463400638
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NASA images reveal impact of Antarctic heatwave

The recent record temperatures (up to 18.3 degrees C) on the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula have cause rapid ice melt - and NASA's satellite images show the devastating effect. Up to an inch of snowpack melted in just one day. Although…