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Iceberg Twice the Size of Atlanta Enters Ocean

An iceberg with an area almost twice the size of Atlanta has broken away from the Antarctic continent and is drifting into the ocean, which could threaten shipping lanes in the Southern Ocean during the Antarctic winter. The floating, frozen island has been named iceberg B31. Scientists have reported from NASA’s Earth Observatory that B31 spans 255 square miles and …

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Antarctica Storm Photographed by Satellite

People here in the United States are simply tired of hearing about winter weather; The polar vortex and winter storm Titan have brought enough cold and precipitation to last the eastern US for quite some time. That being said, looking at nifty weather conditions and storms in other locations is still quite cool, as evidenced by the recent clamor surrounding …

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Alexander Skarsgard Poses Nude in Antarctica

With the polar vortex recently hitting the US, much talk has surrounded the insanely cold temperatures and its effects. Unfortunately for the male gender, the extra cold weather has one devastating effect, leading many men to stay clothed during these winter months in order to preserve their manhood. That is, unless you’re Scandinavian. Recently, Alexander Skarsgard, a star actor in …

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Antarctica Ship Stranded – Rescue Ship In Trouble

The Russian polar expedition ship in Antarctica became stuck after winds and freezing weather wedged it into a sea of ice, with no escape. The MV Akademik Shokalskiy, with 74 people aboard has been waiting for rescue by an ice-breaking ship, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said Wednesday. On Friday night the passengers cheered and waved when they spotted …

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Antarctica Diamonds In Prince Charles Mountains?

Could Antarctica have hit the jackpot in the sparkling and expensive type of ice? It might just be diamonds – scientists discovered kimberlight rocks which have been known to contain diamonds in the frozen Prince Charles mountains. “Kimberlites are a volumetrically minor component of the Earth’s volcanic record, but are very important as the major commercial source of diamonds and …

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Satellites Help Pinpoint the Coldest Spot on Earth

With temperatures in the U.S. plunging this week, researchers have found a way to make the snow-packed streets of the east coast seem like a tropical paradise. Scientists at the American Geophysical Union meeting this week in San Francisco unveiled research that has pinpointed the coldest place on Earth. The location is, of course, in Antarctica, on a high ridge …

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Large Antarctic Lake Suddenly Drained, Shows Study

There are only a few places on Earth where ecosystems have been allowed to evolve for thousands of years in isolated conditions. One of those places in underneath the thick ice of Antarctica, where researchers have uncovered ancient microbes in isolated glacial lakes. This week, a new study has shown that sudden flooding has eliminated one of those lakes. The …

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Antarctic Ozone Could be Returning, Shows New Images

New satellite imagery has shown that the hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica is shrinking. In 2012, the hole was the smallest it has been in the past ten years. The images were taken by the European Space Agency’s (ESA) MetOp satellite, which has a ozone sensor. The satellite monitors atmospheric ozone over the Antarctic. Since the 1980s, the …

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Ancient Microbes Found Under Antarctic Lake

A team of researchers has uncovered a community of bacteria living in one of the most inhospitable place on Earth: the dark, cold, salty environment under a remote lake in Antarctica. The discovery will help teach scientists how life can be sustained in extreme environments, including places beyond our planet. Lake Vida, where the discovery took place, lies under nearly …

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New Study Shows Causes of Antarctic Sea Ice Increase

Researchers from NASA and the British Antarctic Survey have published a new study that shows changes to Antarctic sea ice drift caused by changing winds are the cause of increases in Antarctic sea ice cover over the past two decades. The results help explain why Antarctic sea ice cover has increased while Arctic sea ice has seen heavy losses. The …

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Buried Antarctic Lake Targeted by a New Expedition

Next month, a 12-man team of scientists, engineers, and support staf will set off for Antarctica on a quest to collect samples from an ancient lake that has been buried for hundreds of thousands of years. The expedition has taken 16 years of planning and development. During the past three years, engineers at the British Antarctic Survey (BAC) and the …

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Google Explores Antarctica So We Don’t Have To

I absolutely love cold weather with winter being my favorite season. You may find me crazy, but I do have my limits – Antarctica being one of them. While I love the idea of a snowy wonderland, the South Pole is just too cold for my preference. That doesn’t mean that I would never want to visit, but Google has …

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