London-sized iceberg breaks off Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica

After years of suspense, an iceberg approximately the size of London has broken away from the Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica, only a few miles from the Halley British Antarctic Survey (BAS) ice station. The 490 square mile (1,270 sq km), 490 feet (150 m… Continue reading London-sized iceberg breaks off Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica

Never-before-seen animals discovered deep beneath Antarctic ice shelf

If you were a marine animal that just sat and waited for food to drift by, you might not choose to live in a place where little life is believed to exist. Nonetheless, such critters have recently been found deep beneath an Antarctic ice shelf.Continue … Continue reading Never-before-seen animals discovered deep beneath Antarctic ice shelf

Giant iceberg A-68a shatters into three as it approaches South Georgia

The giant iceberg A-68A that is threatening the island of South Georgia in the South Atlantic has split into three pieces and is thinning by one inch (2.5 cm) per day. The US National Ice Center has confirmed that on December 21, 2020, two smaller iceb… Continue reading Giant iceberg A-68a shatters into three as it approaches South Georgia

Science mission to head to South Georgia to assess giant iceberg impact

The giant iceberg A-68a is likely to ground itself in the shallows of South Georgia island, so a scientific expedition is getting ready to visit the site to determine the impact of the event on the local ecology using underwater glider robots.Continue … Continue reading Science mission to head to South Georgia to assess giant iceberg impact

Brazilian research base built to withstand Antarctic extremes

Brazil’s original Antarctic research base, built in the 1980s, was destroyed in a blaze in 2012. Following an architecture competition to build its replacement, Estúdio 41 has created the Antarctic Station Comandante Ferraz, which is designed to withst… Continue reading Brazilian research base built to withstand Antarctic extremes

Giant iceberg may be on collision course with island of South Georgia

Satellite images indicate that an iceberg 158 km (98 mi) long and 48 km (30 mi) wide is floating towards the island of South Georgia in the southern Atlantic, where it could cause damage to the local wildlife, including penguins and seals, if it runs a… Continue reading Giant iceberg may be on collision course with island of South Georgia

RSS Sir David Attenborough sets sail for sea trials

The cutting-edge polar research ship the RRS Sir David Attenborough – which the public attempted to christen “Boaty McBoatface” – has finally set sail from its shipyard. The already legendary ship will now be put through sea trials ahead of being offic… Continue reading RSS Sir David Attenborough sets sail for sea trials

Gene study suggests penguins originated in warmer Australian waters

A rigorous new genomic study has homed in on exactly when and where modern penguins originated. The study suggests the flightless birds first appeared in Australian and New Zealand coastal waters about 22 million years ago, and it was later that they s… Continue reading Gene study suggests penguins originated in warmer Australian waters

Bacteria that “eat” only air found in cold deserts around the world

A few years ago researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) discovered bacteria in Antarctica that could survive on nothing but air. Now the team has found that this handy ability might not be limited to the South Pole, with evidence turnin… Continue reading Bacteria that “eat” only air found in cold deserts around the world