What’s It Like to Work and Play in Antarctica’s Mac Town?

Nature films and science documentaries usually portray Antarctica to be nothing but the most cold, isolated, almost anti-social continent on earth — at least if you’re not a penguin — but life at McMurdo Station disproves that. The 2011-2012 Antarctic southern summer season is now alive and kicking (after numerous delays), and “Mac Town” (as the residents of McMurdo call […]

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Life of Penguins

Life of Penguins

When an El Nino hits, the lives of penguins are in peril.  During the 1997 El Nino the penguin population fell by a third. During Climate Change a difference in temperature of at least one degree can be a life and death situation for penguins.  Researchers followed a group of about 15 breeding penguins from 1992 to 2010 on the […]

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Ozone Hole Shrinking Over Antarctica

Ozone Hole Shrinking Over Antarctica - Antarctica Journal News

According to NASA and NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) due to the warmer weather, the ozone hole has measured its smallest size on record over Antarctica.  This has happened three times in the last 40 years where the weather conditions have caused the ozone depletion to slow.  Even though this is good news it is not a sign that […]

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Antarctica’s Subterranean Ecosystem

Antarctica's Subterranean Ecosystem

Antarctica’s Subterranean Ecosystem is quite interesting. In Antarctica researchers have found an undersea ecosystem under an iceberg that broke away from the Antarctic Peninsula.  They say that Antarctica’s Subterranean Ecosystem has been hidden for over 120 thousand years.  As the iceberg moves it will reveal about 2240 square miles of seafloor that has been hidden from light.  The scientists will […]

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Floating Laboratory Will Explore ‘Final Frontier’ of Polar Regions

A huge research ship costing £200 million has been commissioned, which will probe the oceans and climate of the arctic and Antarctic.   They are the cruel seas where Britain’s greatest adventurers made their names. Now the territory of Scott and Shackleton, will be surveyed by a new generation of British explorers who will tackle the ‘final frontier’ of Earth’s […]

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Christmas on Antarctica 100 Years Ago

Christmas-Antarctica

Just before Christmas… November 1915, while camping on the thawing ice of the Weddell Sea, Shackleton and his men saw their ship, Endurance, going down into the waters of this sea. “She’s going, boys!” Shackleton shouted the evening of November 21, 1915. “She went down bows first, her stern raised in the air. She then gave one quick dive and […]

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