Scientists discover hotspot at the South Pole

New research with ice-penetrating radar has revealed hot rocks under the Antarctic ice sheet at the South Pole. The heat is causing the bottom of the ice to melt. It's a relatively small effect, but a big surprise for the scientists! And…
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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…

Stronger winds bring bad news

Modelling the impact of CO2 on the oceans and climate is a complex task. Now, new research suggests that stronger westerly winds around Antarctica will mean that the Southern Ocean absorbs less CO2 in future. This new information will help scientists…

Financial Times video about Antarctica

A surprising topic for the Financial Times but a great 4-minute introduction to Antarctica, why research is important and what it's like to spend time on a base there. See it here.

SCAR celebrates its 60th birthday

SCAR (The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research) is celebrating its 60th birthday. SCAR conducts international scientific research in the Antarctic region and studies the role of the Antarctic region in the Earth system. It also gives independent…

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…

Life under the ice

A research team from Helsinki (Finland) will explore how climate change affects the marine biodiversity in Antarctica. Virtual reality will enable the general public to learn more about scientific research and findings. Source:…

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