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Boaty McBoatface Gets Set For Its First Antarctic Expedition

Later this week, an Antarctic expedition will set off to map the undersea currents that play a critical role in regulating our planet’s climate. To assist them, the scientists will use an autonomous submarine that was famously named Boaty McBoatface by the collective genius of the internet. Read More >>

What Happens When That Enormous Antarctic Ice Shelf Finally Breaks?

For the past few months, scientists have watched with bated breath as a rift in the Antarctic Peninsula’s Larsen C ice shelf grows longer by the day. Eventually, the rift will make a clean break, expelling a 2,000 square mile chunk of ice into the sea. It’ll be an epic sight to behold—but what happens after the ice is gone? Read More >>

Antarctic Crack Forces Temporary Evacuation of Scientific Research Station

As a precautionary measure, officials with the British Antarctic Survey have decided to shut down the Halley VI Research Station for the winter after a new ice crack emerged just a few miles from the remote outpost. Read More >>

A Huge Chunk of Antarctic Ice is on the Cusp of Breaking Away

Scientists have been watching a giant rift in Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf for many years, but the crack grew substantially this past December, prompting concerns that it’s about to break free. The resulting iceberg is expected to be one of largest ever recorded. Read More >>

The Seafloor Under Antarctica is Shockingly Beautiful

A remotely operated sub has captured stunning images of the Antarctic seafloor, revealing a surprisingly dynamic and colourful world filled with spidery starfish, coconut-shaped sponges, and dandelion-like worms. Read More >>

Antarctic Crack Threatens Scientific Research Station

The British Antarctic Survey has a problem in the form of an enormous crack in the East Antarctic ice sheet. Dormant for about 35 years, The Crack began to grow in 2012. Today, it threatens to cleave off the entire ice shelf supporting the Halley VI research station. And so, Halley VI is being towed out of harm’s way. Read More >>

Brilliant Blue Antarctic Clouds are Appearing Earlier Than Usual

Fed by disintegrating meteors and located 50 miles above ground, Antarctica’s icy blue noctilucent clouds have made their annual appearance over the frozen continent. Scientists say these unusual clouds are arriving earlier than usual, and greenhouse gases are the likely culprit. Read More >>

Ancient Bug Discovered in the Heart of Antarctica

Insects aren’t the first thing that come to mind when we think of Antarctica, but as the discovery of a rare Antarctic beetle shows, this frozen continent was quite different millions of years ago. Read More >>

Huge Cracks in the West Antarctic Ice Sheet May Signal its Collapse

Last year, a 225 square-mile chunk of West Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier broke off and tumbled into the sea. Now, Earth scientists at Ohio State University have pinpointed the root cause of the iceberg calving event: a crack that started deep below ground and 20 miles inland. Read More >>

The Last Great Wilderness Area Is Finally Being Protected

In a rare international collaboration, twenty four countries and the European Union have unanimously agreed to establish the largest marine sanctuary in Antarctica’s Ross Sea, a region which conservationists have called “the last great wilderness on Earth” and “a polar garden of Eden.” Read More >>

The West Antarctic Ice Sheet Is Wasting Away Very Quickly

On an forbidding shoreline at the bottom of the world, the prodigious ice sheets of West Antarctica dead-end in the Amundsen sea. For decades, scientists have been monitoring this interface of rock, ice and ocean, in order to understand how quickly it’ll retreat as the planet warms up. A new study shows that three of the Amundsen sea’s frozen gateways are melting away faster than we realised, raising the spectre of an ice sheet collapse that could trigger several feet of global sea level rise. Read More >>

Tiny Fossils Suggest Antarctica’s Largest Ice Sheet Could Collapse

At the bottom of the world atop the forbidding Transantarctic Mountains sit the fossilised remains of microscopic, ocean-dwelling diatoms. For thirty years, scientists have argued over how these tiny algae came to rest thousands of feet above the sea. Now, sophisticated ice sheet models offer one of the best explanations yet — and it doesn’t bode well for our future. Read More >>

Beautiful Blue Lakes Are Invading East Antarctica and That’s Not Good

Something strange is happening to one of the coldest places on Earth. Dazzling blue lakes are blooming like summer wildflowers atop the East Antarctic ice sheet’s Langhovde Glacier. And that’s got scientists very worried—because they’ve seen these lakes before. Read More >>

At This Incredible Hotel in Antarctica, You Can Freeze Your Ass Off in Style

If, unlike me, you look ineffably cool wearing a giant parka, slogging around in the snow and freezing your bum off, you might consider a jaunt to the White Desert camp in Antarctica. Also, you’ll need £55,000 for an 11-night stay. Read More >>

An Insanely Tiny Slice of Antarctica Isn’t Buried in Ice

Antarctica, as everyone knows, is mostly covered in ice—mostly being the key word. Scientists have assumed that about a little less than one per cent of Antarctica’s rock is ice-free. A new survey corrects this estimate, showing just how frozen this dark continent truly is. Read More >>