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It Was a Daunting Antarctic
Rescue—but a Successful One
Sep 5, 2023 8:51 AM CDT
It Was a Daunting Antarctic Rescue—but a Successful One
An Australian icebreaker made it to within 89 miles of the ill man
- An Australian who fell ill at a remote Antarctic base is returning home on an icebreaker following a daunting mission to rescue him, authorities said Tuesday. The man was working at the Casey research station when he suffered from what authorities described as a developing medical condition that needed specialist...
Culture Is Toxic
Aug 28, 2023 4:45 PM CDT
Women Say Culture Is Toxic at Antarctica Post
AP conducts a lengthy investigation of sexual harassment, assault at a very remote outpost
- The howling winds and perpetual darkness of the Antarctic winter were easing when mechanic Liz Monahon at McMurdo Station grabbed a hammer. If those in charge weren't going to protect her from the man she feared would kill her, she figured she needed to protect herself. So she kept...
Please Stop Traveling
Jul 11, 2023 4:24 PM CDT
Please Stop Traveling to Antarctica
Sara Clemence makes her case in the 'Atlantic'
- In the first part of her essay on Antarctica, Sara Clemence recounts its "otherworldly" beauty. But that's merely a prelude to a plea she then issues: Everybody should stop traveling there before the increasingly fragile continent is wrecked irreparably. In the
piece, she notes that Antarctica drew...
China Is Once Again
Busy in the Antarctic
Apr 19, 2023 4:22 PM CDT
China Is Once Again Busy in the Antarctic
Beijing is building a fifth facility, which is raising surveillance fears
- China is back to building in Antarctica. Satellite images from January show new support facilities, temporary buildings, a helicopter pad, and foundations for a main building at the site of the country's fifth Antarctic research station on Inexpressible Island near the Ross Sea. China began building there in 2018...
This Week Brings 3
Grim Climate Headlines
Feb 16, 2023 1:26 PM CST
This Week Brings 3 Grim Climate Headlines
Sea ice in Antarctica has hit a record low
- While it's rare for a week to go by without bleak news on the climate, this week has been more alarming than most. Three major stories, all linked to melting ice and rising seas:
Antarctic sea ice hits record low.
Sea ice around Antarctica has hit its lowest level
'Ice Mermaid' Marks World
First With Antarctic Swim
Feb 11, 2023 11:30 AM CST
'Ice Mermaid' Marks World First With Antarctic Swim
Barbara Hernandez swam nearly 1.6 miles in 35-degree water—longest swim yet in Southern Ocean
- The longest swim in the frigid Antarctic Ocean, aka the Southern Ocean, has been achieved, by a world-champion extreme swimmer from Chile known as the "Ice Mermaid." On Monday, Barbara Hernandez, 37, covered 2.5 kilometers (just under 1.6 miles) in Chile Bay, off of the Antarctic...
Is Still 'Gutted'
Jan 20, 2023 12:28 PM CST
Arctic Adventurer Makes History, Is Still 'Gutted'
Preet Chandi sets record, though misses goal of crossing the continent in 75 days
- Preet Chandi wanted to inspire others to push their boundaries and she's certainly done that, despite failing to complete her goal of becoming the first woman to cross Antarctica solo and unsupported . "I'm pretty gutted that I don't have the time to complete the crossing,”...
She Aims to Be First
Woman to Cross
Nov 17, 2022 2:30 PM CST
She Aims to Be First Woman to Cross Antarctica Solo, Unsupported
'My aim for this expedition has always been to inspire people to push their boundaries'
- Summer is approaching in the Southern Hemisphere—and Captain Preet Chandi, a medical officer in the British Army, will be having the most un-summery summer possible. The 33-year-old physiotherapist has begun a trek of more than 1,100 miles across Antarctica, aiming to become the first woman to complete the...
Is a 'Fact of Life'
in case you missed it
Sep 4, 2022 12:55 PM CDT
In Antarctica, Sexual Misconduct Is a 'Fact of Life'
National Science Foundation report: Sexual assault, harassment ongoing at US research bases
- Sexual misconduct is alive and well on all seven continents. That's one takeaway from a new report commissioned by the National Science Foundation that concentrates on such accounts coming in from the bottom of the Earth. It identified an "ongoing, continuing" issue of "sexual harassment, stalking, and...
An 'Incredibly Sad' Find
Buried in Antarctic Snow
in case you missed it
Jun 12, 2022 4:35 PM CDT
An 'Incredibly Sad' Find Buried in Antarctic Snow
Scientists have discovered first reported microplastics there
- Microplastics have turned up in some of the most remote places of the globe: in the skies above the Pyrenees , in the deepest parts of the ocean , even in Antarctic surface water and sea ice . Now, however, scientists have found particles for the first time in another part of the...
In the Antarctic, It Was
70 Degrees Above Normal
Mar 21, 2022 7:52 AM CDT
In the Antarctic, It Was 70 Degrees Above Normal
'Antarctic climatology has been rewritten'
- Based on their public reactions, it doesn't seem too much of a stretch to say that weather scientists' minds are blown by how warm things got over the weekend at the north and south poles. In the north, temperatures at some Arctic stations were about 50 degrees above normal,...
'We Have Made Polar History':
The Endurance Is Found
Mar 9, 2022 8:33 AM CST
'We Have Made Polar History': The Endurance Is Found
Incredibly well-preserved shipwreck discovered some 10K feet down in Weddell Sea
- Ernest Shackleton wrote that his ship the Endurance sank in "the worst portion of the worst sea" in 1915. Now, more than a century later, its wreckage has been found some four miles from where the ship's captain believed it went down. "We have made polar history...
Search Is On for the
'Most Unreachable Wreck'
Feb 6, 2022 10:40 AM CST
Search Is On for the 'Most Unreachable Wreck'
Team heads to Weddell Sea to find Ernest Shackleton's 'Endurance'
- Ernest Shackleton set off for Antarctica in 1914, hoping to be the first person to cross the frozen continent . He didn't even get to try. In early 1915, his ship
became stuck in pack ice in the Weddell Sea, about 100 miles from Vahsel Bay, before sinking to...
'How Come No One
Has Ever Seen This Before?'
Jan 14, 2022 8:57 AM CST
'How Come No One Has Ever Seen This Before?'
Scientists were amazed by 60M icefish nests found in Antarctic
- Before a research expedition to Antarctica's Weddell Sea last year, the biggest icefish colony scientists had ever seen contained around 60 nests. They were amazed to discover an icefish metropolis with an estimated 60 million active nests spread out over an area bigger than Seattle. Around three-quarters of the...
Antarctica Research Station
Hit by COVID Outbreak
Jan 3, 2022 3:37 PM CST
Antarctica Research Station Hit by COVID Outbreak
At least 16 workers at Belgian station are infected
- One of the most isolated places on the planet has been hit by a coronavirus outbreak—but all the cases detected at the Princess Elisabeth Polar Station in Antarctica have been mild and workers at the Belgian station are planning to stay put. At least 16 out of the 25...
Swims 1.8K Miles
to New Zealand
Nov 12, 2021 8:42 AM CST
Antarctic Penguin Swims 1.8K Miles to New Zealand
And after some rest and a fish smoothie, 'Pingu' was returned to the water
- Harry Singh thought he'd discovered a child's toy on a beach on New Zealand's South Island. Then it moved its head. What he'd actually found was a tired Adélie penguin, which had the BBC reports apparently traveled some 1,800 miles from its home on...
Even for Antarctica,
It Was a Cold Winter
Oct 9, 2021 3:40 PM CDT
Even for Antarctica, It Was a Cold Winter
Experts say it doesn't change the forecast for global warming
- Bucking the global trend, Antarctica just recorded its coldest six months on record. "For the polar darkness period, from April through September, the average temperature was -60.9 degrees Celsius (-77.6 degrees Fahrenheit)," the National Snow and Ice Data Center reported. During that period, the sun sets...
Hasn't Had Any
Oct 7, 2021 8:17 AM CDT
One Continent Hasn't Had Any COVID Vaccines. Until Now
AstraZeneca doses delivered to 2 dozen staffers at UK's Rothera Research Station in Antarctica
- For all of the Southern Hemisphere's winter season, nearly two dozen staffers have been huddled together at the UK's Rothera Research Station in Antarctica, managing to avoid the coronavirus that continues to make its rounds through the rest of the world. This week, a delivery was made to...
Earth Has a Fifth Ocean
in case you missed it
Jun 12, 2021 6:30 AM CDT
Earth Has a Fifth Ocean
'National Geographic' recognizes the Southern Ocean, officially
- To mark World Oceans Day on Tuesday,
officially recognized the Southern Ocean as the planet's fifth ocean, CBS News reports. Sometimes called the Antarctic Ocean or the Austral Ocean, the Southern Ocean is the body of water that surrounds Antarctica. All five of Earth's oceans—the...
Behold, the World's
(New) Biggest Iceberg
May 20, 2021 1:14 PM CDT
Behold, the World's (New) Biggest Iceberg
Newly calved A-76 is in the Antarctic
- A giant chunk of ice has broken off from an ice shelf in the Antarctic, so gigantic that it now qualifies as the world's biggest iceberg, according to the European Space Agency . The berg named A-76 "calved" from the Ronne Ice Shelf in the Weddell Sea. It's...
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