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He Improbably Survived. Now, a Hunt for the Ship That Didn't

Sir Ernest Shackleton's Endurance is thought to be in 10K feet of water off Antarctica

(Newser) - Sir Ernest Shackleton's doomed ship slumbers beneath nearly 10,000 feet of water—and a group of scientists now hopes to find it. The BBC reports on the planned January 2019 mission, whose true intention is to study the Antarctic's Larsen C Ice Shelf. But its position near... More »

Scientists Find Huge, Secret Colony of Penguins

'Supercolony' of 1.5M Adélie penguins on Antarctic Peninsula is a major find

(Newser) - More than 1 million penguins who've been hiding in a remote part of Antarctica were recently discovered thanks to images taken from space and ... their own poop. A study in the Scientific Reports journal reveals the Danger Islands find of more than 750,000 pairs of Adélie penguins—... More »

Iceberg Exposes Marine Ecosystem After 120K Years

And scientists have raced to Antarctica to study it

(Newser) - When an iceberg the size of Delaware separated from the Larsen C ice shelf last July, it uncovered an Antarctic marine habitat that had been hidden from the rest of the world for over 120,000 years, Quartz reports. Now scientists are racing to study the 3,600-square-mile ecosystem before... More »

Explorer Turned Back, but Decision Came Too Late

'New Yorker' looks at Henry Worsley's epic Antarctic feat and its tragic end

(Newser) - After 71 days and more than 900 miles, British explorer Henry Worsley finally made the agonizing decision to end his epic journey through the Antarctic in early 2016. The decision, however, came too late, and the 55-year-old died of organ failure after being airlifted out. Incredibly, he was just 30... More »

Britain's Been Wrong for Years About Its Highest Mountain

New measurements show it's Mount Hope in the Antarctic, not Mount Jackson

(Newser) - Adjust your trivia answers: The United Kingdom has a new highest mountain. A high-tech measurement has concluded that Mount Hope, located in Britain's Antarctic Territory, is now No. 1, reports the BBC . With the help of satellite data, cartographers with the British Antarctic Survey concluded that Mount Hope is... More »

Fear for Antarctic Researchers' Safety as Ice Cracks Grow

Halley VI research station will close for 2nd winter in a row

(Newser) - "What we are witnessing is the power and unpredictability of nature," the BBC quotes Jane Francis of the British Antarctic Survey as saying. For the second Antarctic winter in a row, the Halley VI research station will be closed as two giant cracks continue to spread across the... More »

In Colony Where 36K Penguins Mated, Just 2 Chicks Survived

'Catastrophic breeding event' strikes Adélie penguin colony in Antarctica

(Newser) - About 18,000 breeding pairs of Adélie penguins mated on Petrels Island in Antarctica this year. Two chicks survived. Two. "It’s more like ‘Tarantino does Happy Feet,' with dead penguin chicks strewn across a beach in Adélie Land," the Guardian quotes the head... More »

After 106 Years in Antarctica, Fruitcake Still Looks 'Like New'

Too bad it smells like 'rancid butter'

(Newser) - It's a good thing scientists weren't especially hungry when they stepped inside one of the earliest structures built in Antarctica recently. On a shelf in a hut in Cape Adare sat a "perfectly preserved" fruitcake apparently untouched for more than a century, reports Stuff.co.nz . Made... More »

So Just How Big Is That New Iceberg?

Comparisons aplenty, but no consensus on whether climate change is culprit

(Newser) - Welcome, iceberg A68 . The trillion-ton chunk of ice broke off from an Antarctic ice shelf at some point over the last few days and is now officially its own entity. If "trillion-ton" is a little hard to grasp (more on that below), just know that the long-expected breakaway means... More »

One of the World's Biggest Icebergs Just Broke Off

The chunk from Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica is in top 10

(Newser) - The world has a new iceberg, and it's believed to be one of the 10 biggest in history. A huge chunk of the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica has finally broken off, reports the BBC . A satellite spotted the break on Wednesday, and it probably wasn't difficult:... More »

Antarctica About to Lose 1 of Biggest Icebergs Ever

A 124-mile-long ice crack grew more than 10 miles over just 6 days

(Newser) - Experts say one of the biggest icebergs in recorded history—it would be about the size of Delaware—is "very close" to separating from Antarctica, USA Today reports. According to the BBC , a 124-mile-long crack on the Larsen C Ice Shelf grew more than 10 miles over just six... More »

Scientists Figure Out Mystery of 'Bloody' Antarctic Waterfall

Blood Falls gets its liquid from large brine source underneath glacier: scientists

(Newser) - The only thing that has moved slower than Taylor Glacier is progress on solving a 100-year-old mystery about the famous red waterfall nearby—until now. Since 1911, when a scientist first stumbled across Antarctica's Blood Falls, researchers have been scratching their heads about a flow of salty water leading... More »

Boaty McBoatface Is Going on Its First Mission

Submersible is heading to Antarctica

(Newser) - Boaty McBoatface is going into action. The remotely operated underwater research vessel will be undertaking its first research mission as part of an Antarctic expedition that starts Friday, NPR reports. The submersible, of course, was named Boaty McBoatface after that name won an online poll that was supposed to pick... More »

Antarctica Hits 63.5 Degrees, a Record High

The previous high temperature was 59 degrees

(Newser) - Looking for a break from chilly winter weather? Might be time to book a vacation to Antarctica. USA Today reports the Antarctic continent hit a record high temperature of 63.5 degrees on March 24, 2015. The World Meteorological Organization announced the record Wednesday (it can take years to verify... More »

What It Looks Like When a Glacier Calves an Iceberg

This was 'aftershock' from massive 2015 Antarctic event

(Newser) - There was nobody around to hear the crack when an iceberg around a mile long broke off from Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier, but a NASA satellite high above captured the dramatic event. The Landsat 8 satellite captured the iceberg's separation late last month in what was believed to... More »

Delaware-Sized Iceberg Clings to Shelf by 'a Thread'

It's expected to break off Larsen C within months

(Newser) - A chunk of ice the size of Delaware is clinging to an Antarctic ice shelf by "a thread" that could snap at any moment and create one of the 10 largest icebergs ever recorded, researchers say. Following the collapse of the nearby Larsen A ice shelf in the Weddell... More »

Countries Race to Find Oldest Ice Core in Antarctica

10-nation team of scientists hopes to find a 1.5M-year-old sample

(Newser) - It's nearly summer in Antarctica, and scientists from 10 European countries are now on their way to the world's iciest continent to find the best location to drill for a 1.5-million-year-old chunk of ice core. Given the conditions, they have only a short window to complete their... More »

Scientists Discover Giant Antarctic Sea Monster

Kaikaifilu hervei lived 66M years ago and was more than 32 feet long

(Newser) - After a day of braving bad weather and hiking through knee-deep mud, Chilean scientists on one of the final days of their expedition to Antarctica discovered possibly the largest monster ever to swim its waters, according to a press release . What they found was a mosasaur skull approximately 4 feet... More »

A Historic Antarctica Trip Is Underway

John Kerry plans to visit US base near South Pole

(Newser) - US Secretary of State John Kerry became the highest-ranking American official to visit Antarctica on Friday when he landed for a two-day trip. Kerry, who will hear from scientists about the impact of climate change on the frozen continent, left from New Zealand after being held up for about a... More »

Deal Creates World's Biggest Marine Protected Zone

24 countries, EU finally reached agreement

(Newser) - The countries that decide the fate of Antarctica reached a historic agreement on Friday to create the world's largest marine protected area in the ocean next to the frozen continent. The agreement comes after years of diplomatic wrangling and high-level talks between the US and Russia, which has rejected... More »

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