10 Fun Facts About Antarctica

1. The first confirmed sighting of the continent was in 1820. 2. Explorers first reached the South Pole in 1911. 3. Because Antarctica lies in the southern hemisphere, seasons there are the opposite of seasons in the north — summer runs from October to February and winter covers the remainder of the year. 4. Antarctica is the coldest continent; temperatures […]

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Antarctica team uncovers century-old artefacts from Douglas Mawson hut

An expedition team in Antarctica has successfully cleared away layers of thick ice from inside the hut of the famous Australian explorer Sir Douglas Mawson, revealing a century-old frozen bowl of peas, books on the shelves, candles, matches and “old-style woolen underwear”. The team used picks and chainsaws to remove the ice that had filled the main living quarters used […]

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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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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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Buzz Aldrin Survived Arctic Health Crisis

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On Dec 1st 2016, 86 year old former astronaut Buzz Aldrin was evacuated from the South Pole after his health deteriorated during a trip with a tourist group visiting the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. After being transported to Christchurch, the Antarctic program’s logistics hub in New Zealand, Aldrin was transferred to a local medical facility, where he was responding well […]

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2015 Arctic Circle Assembly

Event Type: Conferences and Workshops When: 16 October 2015 to 18 October 2015   Where: Reykjavik, Iceland More information: http://arcticcircle.org The 2015 Arctic Circle Assembly is due to convene in the coming weeks. The Arctic Circle is the largest global gathering on the Arctic. It is attended by heads of state and governments, ministers, members of parliament, officials, experts, scientists, […]

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