Fin Whales Are Making a Comeback in Antarctic Waters, a Study Finds

Once hunted to the brink of extinction, fin whales in the Southern Ocean have rebounded and returned to their historic feeding grounds, according to a new survey.

#antarctic-regions, #biodiversity, #conservation-of-resources, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #herr-helena, #research, #scientific-reports-journal, #southern-ocean, #whales-and-whaling

A Portrait of South Georgia: Abundance, Exploitation, Recovery

A series of ecological initiatives, including the eradication of several invasive species, has dramatically revived the life and landscape of this remote sub-Antarctic island.

#animals, #antarctic-regions, #birds, #global-warming, #hunting-and-trapping, #invasive-species, #islands, #oceans-and-seas, #penguins, #rats, #reindeer, #seals-animals-and-sealing, #south-georgia-island, #whales-and-whaling, #wildlife-die-offs

Why Did Two Antarctic Ice Shelves Fail? Scientists Say They Now Know.

The collapse of the two huge ice shelves was most likely triggered by vast plumes of warm air from the Pacific, researchers have found.

#antarctic-regions, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #ice, #research

Climate Change Is Hurting Penguins Unevenly in Antarctica

The western side of the Antarctic Peninsula has seen sharp declines in Adélie penguin populations in recent decades. Things look better on the eastern side. Take a tour.

#antarctic-regions, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #ice, #krill, #oceans-and-seas, #penguins, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-photojournalism, #your-feed-science

The Discovery of Shackleton’s Wreck Is as Disquieting as It Is Amazing

The world today is smaller and less mysterious than when Endurance sank. At the same time, we know too much about the past to be nostalgic.

#antarctic-regions, #exploration-and-explorers, #global-warming, #shackleton-ernest, #ships-and-shipping

Conger Ice Shelf Collapses in East Antarctica, a First

Scientists say a period of unusual weather, combined with record-low sea ice, led to the disintegration of the Conger ice shelf.

#antarctic-regions, #glaciers, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #national-ice-center

How Shackleton’s Endurance Was Found

“Gents, I want to introduce you to the Endurance.” More than a century after sinking in Antarctic waters, the legendary ship was found with just days to spare.

#antarctic-regions, #exploration-and-explorers, #shackleton-ernest, #shipwrecks-historic

A growing force in the climate movement: Moms

Activists are deploying the moral authority of mothers to push for climate action. Their protests must steer clear of nap time.

#air-pollution, #antarctic-regions, #children-and-childhood, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #discrimination, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #redlining, #shackleton-ernest, #shipwrecks-historic, #women-and-girls

Ernest Shackleton’s Ship Endurance, Lost in 1915, Is Found in Antarctica

Explorers and researchers, battling freezing temperatures, have located Endurance, Ernest Shackleton’s ship that sank in the Antarctic in 1915.

#antarctic-regions, #exploration-and-explorers, #shackleton-ernest, #shipwrecks-historic

Sea Ice Around Antarctica Reaches a Record Low

The drop surprised scientists, and may help them understand more about climate change affecting Antarctica and its waters.

#antarctic-regions, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #ice, #oceans-and-seas, #southern-ocean, #weddell-sea

The Search Has Begun for an Antarctic Pioneer’s Lost Ship

Explorers have started combing the Weddell Sea for one of the most revered ships in the history of polar exploration, Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance, which sank in 1915.

#antarctic-regions, #exploration-and-explorers, #global-warming, #ice, #research, #shackleton-ernest, #shipwrecks-historic, #south-georgia-island, #weddell-sea

Harpreet Chandi Breaks Barrier With Solo Trip to South Pole

Harpreet Chandi is apparently the first woman of color to complete the expedition alone. She traveled for 40 days, pulling nearly 200 pounds of gear.

#antarctic-regions, #chandi-harpreet-preet, #content-type-personal-profile, #defense-and-military-forces, #exploration-and-explorers, #great-britain, #race-and-ethnicity, #records-and-achievements, #south-pole, #women-and-girls

Water Supplies From Glaciers May Peak Sooner Than Anticipated

New satellite mapping of the world’s mountain ice suggests Earth’s glaciers may contain less water than previously thought.

#andes-mountains, #antarctic-regions, #china, #dartmouth-college, #glaciers, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #greenland, #himalayas, #ice, #india, #nature-geoscience-journal, #norway, #pakistan, #university-of-oslo, #water

A Search Begins for Shackleton’s Endurance, the ‘Most Unreachable Wreck’

Ernest Shackleton’s ship Endurance was crushed by Antarctic ice in 1915. Now, a team of researchers is heading to the Weddell Sea where it went down.

#antarctic-regions, #exploration-and-explorers, #global-warming, #research, #shackleton-ernest, #shipwrecks-historic, #south-georgia-island, #weddell-sea

One Good Antarctic Explorer Deserves Another

The adventurer Ranulph Fiennes has written a biography of Ernest Shackleton, telling the life story of the famed explorer while also describing his own exploits.

#antarctic-regions, #books-and-literature, #exploration-and-explorers, #fiennes-ranulph, #scott-robert-falcon, #shackleton-ernest, #shackleton-the-biography-book, #south-pole

An Extraordinary Iceberg Is Gone, but Not Forgotten

A chunk of Antarctic ice that was one of the biggest icebergs ever seen has met its end near South Georgia. Scientists will be studying its effects on the ecosystem around the island for some time.

#a68a, #antarctic-regions, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #ice, #south-georgia-island

‘Major Discovery’ Beneath Antarctic Seas: A Giant Icefish Breeding Colony

Scientists discovered a mammoth nesting ground with an estimated 60 million icefish nests in the Weddell Sea.

#animal-behavior, #antarctic-regions, #current-biology-journal, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #reproduction-biological, #seals-animals-and-sealing, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Antarctica Was Once a Land of Fire and Not Ice

Charcoal recovered from a dig near the southern continent shows that the region wasn’t spared from the era scientists call a “super fire world.”

#antarctic-regions, #charcoal, #paleontology, #polar-research-journal, #research, #wildfires, #your-feed-science

How Maori Arrival in New Zealand Was Frozen in Antarctic Ice

Ice cores drilled from the southern continent preserved a signal of the peopling of islands thousands of miles away.

#antarctic-regions, #ice, #maori, #nature-journal, #new-zealand, #research, #wildfires, #your-feed-science

Iceberg Splits From Antarctica, Becoming World’s Largest

The iceberg broke off from the edge of the Ronne Ice Shelf into the Weddell Sea this week, researchers said.

#antarctic-regions, #glaciers, #global-warming, #ice, #national-ice-center, #oceans-and-seas, #research

The Tale of a Chaotic and Failed Attempt to Explore Antarctica in 1897

Julian Sancton’s “Madhouse at the End of the Earth” details Adrien de Gerlache de Gomery’s effort to explore Antarctica, and all of the ways it went wrong.

#amundsen-roald, #antarctic-regions, #belgium, #books-and-literature, #cook-frederick-a, #de-gerlache-de-gomery-adrien, #exploration-and-explorers, #madhouse-at-the-end-of-the-earth-the-belgicas-journey-into-the-dark-antarctic-night-book, #sancton-julian, #ships-and-shipping

Lost in Antarctica, a Wallet Is Returned 53 Years Later (Memories Included)

Paul Grisham, now 91, left his wallet behind when he was stationed on “the ice” in the 1960s as a meteorologist for the U.S. Navy.

#antarctic-regions, #california, #lost-and-found-property, #mcmurdo-station-antarctica, #united-states-navy

Modern Love: My Five-Week-Long First Date

Once I joined him on that ship for the Antarctic, there was no turning back.

#antarctic-regions, #dating-and-relationships, #love-emotion, #ships-and-shipping

Iceberg Headed for Sub-Antarctic Island Could Threaten Wildlife

The iceberg, known as A68a, broke apart from the Antarctic Peninsula in 2017 and has been drifting ever since.

#animal-behavior, #antarctic-regions, #british-antarctic-survey, #ice, #iceberg-a68a, #icebergs, #penguins, #seals-animals-and-sealing, #south-georgia-island, #southern-ocean

Melting Ice Reveals Mummified Penguins in Antarctica

Birds that appeared “freshly dead” near an Italian research base turned out to be centuries old.

#antarctic-regions, #emslie-steven, #geology-journal, #ice, #mummies-and-mummification, #penguins, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

The Flight Goes Nowhere. And It’s Sold Out.

People who miss flying are rushing to buy tickets for flights that land in the same place they depart from.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #antarctic-regions, #australia, #brunei, #eva-airways, #qantas-airways, #starlux, #taiwan, #travel-and-vacations

250 Million Years Ago, They Hibernated at the Bottom of the World

In the tusks of creatures that lived before dinosaurs, paleontologists found signs of hibernation-like metabolism.

#animal-behavior, #antarctic-regions, #communications-biology-journal, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #fossils, #hibernation, #paleontology, #research, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

You Can’t Escape Lice, Even 6,500 Feet Below the Ocean

A species of insect tags along with elephant seals as they spend months at sea, enduring the crushing pressure changes of the mammals’ dives.

#antarctic-regions, #argentina, #diving-and-divers, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #insects, #journal-of-experimental-biology, #lice, #marine-biology, #oceans-and-seas, #research, #seals-animals-and-sealing, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Even the South Pole Is Warming, and Quickly, Scientists Say

Surface air temperatures at the bottom of the world have risen three times faster than the global average since the 1990s.

#antarctic-regions, #environment, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #nature-journal, #research, #south-pole, #victoria-university-of-wellington

The Iciest Waters Around Antarctica Are Less Icy

An unusual combination of events caused the Weddell Sea to lose more sea ice than in recent years.

#antarctic-regions, #british-antarctic-survey, #environment, #geophysical-research-letters-journal, #global-warming, #ice

How to Be Alone in Quarantine

I was struggling with quarantine — until I found the polar explorers.

#antarctic-regions, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dating-and-relationships, #exploration-and-explorers, #grief-emotion, #loneliness, #psychology-and-psychologists, #quarantines, #social-conditions-and-trends

Self-Isolated at the End of the World

Alone in the long Antarctic night, Adm. Richard E. Byrd endured the ultimate in social distancing.

#alone-book, #antarctic-regions, #books-and-literature, #byrd-richard-e, #exploration-and-explorers, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #south-pole, #your-feed-science

Antarctica vs. Science

For researchers using delicate, one-of-a-kind equipment, the extreme conditions at the bottom of the planet pose special challenges.

#accidents-and-safety, #antarctic-regions, #engineering-and-engineers, #ice, #meteors-and-meteorites, #research, #science-and-technology, #south-pole, #your-feed-science

First Frog Fossil Found on Antarctica

The specimen is some 40 million years old, and is probably related to species currently living in South America.

#antarctic-regions, #chile, #fossils, #frogs, #mors-thomas, #paleontology, #research, #scientific-reports-journal, #south-america, #your-feed-science