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NASA Captures Close-Up Photos Of Delaware-Sized Antarctica Iceberg

The photos of the massive A-68 iceberg, which broke away from an ice shelf in Antarctica, has been recently captured by NASA scientists. The expedition was operated by Operation IceBridge.

Earth/Environment November 16, 2017

Tree Fossils Reveal Antarctica Had Forest Before Time Of The Dinosaurs

The now frozen Antarctica had a forest during the Permian Period, before the time of the dinosaurs. How do ancient polar forest differ with the modern day forests we see today?

Earth/Environment November 12, 2017

Mantle Plume Nearly As Hot As Yellowstone Supervolcano Heats Antarctica From Below

New NASA study has added weight to the theory of a 'mantle plume.' It suggests that a heat source is melting West Antarctica's ice from underneath.

Earth/Environment November 10, 2017

Earth's Ozone Hole Shrinks To Its Smallest Since 1988: NASA

NASA has stated that the ozone hole reached its smallest size this year since 1988. The observation was made by the space agency and NOAA with the help of ground-based, sky, and space equipment.

Earth/Environment November 4, 2017

Penguin Disaster In Antarctica: Two Chicks Survive From Colony Of 40,000

A catastrophic event in an Antarctica colony has left thousands of Adélie penguins dead with only two survivors. The disaster was caused by unusual environmental conditions.

Animals October 15, 2017

Massive Giant Hole Larger Than The Netherlands Cracks Open In Antarctica

Scientists are investigating how a polynya in Antarctica's Weddell Sea formed again after disappearing for 40 years. Is climate change responsible for the formation of this massive hole?

Earth/Environment October 12, 2017

Ice Shelf Split Exposes Ecosystem Hidden For 120,000 Years

An ecosystem hidden for about 120,000 years was finally exposed after a Delaware-sized iceberg split from Larsen C ice shelf. Scientists are eager to explore the area before it succumbs to the ice loss.

Earth/Environment October 7, 2017

Another Giant Iceberg Breaks Free From Antarctica: This One's Over Four Times The Size Of Manhattan

An iceberg that is four times the size of Manhattan broke free from Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier. The iceberg is not as massive as the first one from earlier in the year though, as that was the size of Delaware.

Earth/Environment September 26, 2017

This 100-Year-Old Antarctic Fruitcake Still Looks ‘Like New’ And Edible

A 100-year-old fruitcake that still looks excellent is among the latest Antarctic artifacts discovered and conserved by experts. Learn more about this interesting piece of history from the Terra Nova expedition from 1910 to 1913.

Ancient August 11, 2017

Giant Iceberg That Broke Off From Larsen C Ice Shelf In Antarctica Fuels Climate Change Debate

Delaware-sized iceberg finally parts from Larsen C, but experts are divided over the cause of calving. Some scientists claim climate change is not the cause.

Earth/Environment July 14, 2017

A68 Iceberg: Massive Chunk Of Ice Breaks Off From Antarctica’s Larsen C Ice Shelf

The Larsen C ice shelf, the fourth largest in Antarctica, finally broke off producing the iceberg A68 that now floats in the Weddell Sea. Will this cause sea level rise?

Earth/Environment July 12, 2017

Climate Change Threatens Biodiversity Of Ice-Free Antarctica: Study

As the Antarctic continues to thaw, its ice-free zones continue to grow. A new research shows what could happen to Antarctica’s biodiversity should the melting trend endure.

Earth/Environment June 30, 2017

Scientists Report Massive Melt Occurred In Antarctica Affecting An Area Larger Than Texas

Scientists report that a massive melt event in Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf affected an area larger than Texas. Researchers warn that unless climate change is addressed, it could lead to the end of the ice shelves.

Earth/Environment June 16, 2017

Delaware-Sized Iceberg Very Close To Splitting From Antarctic Shelf: What Danger Does This Pose?

One of the biggest iceberg split is about to happen to the Larsen C ice shelf very soon. Scientists are concerned about what could happen to Antarctica afterwards.

Feature | Science June 2, 2017

Antarctica Is Turning Green, And We Have Climate Change To Thank For It

Researchers find a growing number of moss banks in Antarctica as the planet continues to experience rapid warming. The large-scale greening will continue as an effect of climate change.

Earth/Environment May 19, 2017

Rare ‘Dragon Skin’ Spotted In Antarctica: Why Does This Kind Of Sea Ice Occur?

An expedition to the Ross Sea polynyas, in West Antarctica, stumbled upon peculiar ice formations that resemble dragon scales. Find out what causes the strange phenomenon spotted at Terra Nova Bay and how it impacts local and global oceanography.

Earth/Environment May 12, 2017

Primed For Disaster? An Intimate Look At Cracks And Fissures On Larsen C Ice Shelf

Scientists from Project Midas have documented the disturbingly fast disintegration of the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica. Here’s a closer look at how Larsen C’s crack has developed over time.

Earth/Environment May 6, 2017

UAE Will Tow Icebergs From Antarctica To Quench Drinking Water Problem

In order to tackle its unstable drinking water supply, the United Arab Emirates just might mine icebergs from Antarctica and park them off the nation’s coast. Find out how the gulf state plans to perform this iceberg mining mission.

Earth/Environment May 5, 2017

Antarctic Ice Shelf Crack Has A New Branch: Why This Worries Scientists

Scientists discovered that the main crack on Larsen C Ice Shelf branched into a second rift. This branched crack was reportedly 9.3 miles long and was progressing toward the ice front where the shelf meets the sea.

Earth/Environment May 4, 2017

Climate Change Could Cause Sea Levels In California To Rise By 10 Feet

A study revealed that the rise in sea level is comparatively greater in California than anywhere else in the world. Scientists predicted that by 2100, the state could face a rise in sea levels by as much as 10 feet.

Earth/Environment April 28, 2017

Scientists Solve The Mystery Of Blood Falls In Antarctica

Researchers solved the mystery of Antarctica’s Blood Falls, which were discovered more than a 100 years ago. Researchers found the hidden pathway that the iron-rich saltwater takes to reach the surface from beneath the glacier.

Earth/Environment April 28, 2017

Crack In Larsen C Ice Shelf In Antarctica Set To Produce One Of The Largest Icebergs When It Breaks Off

The Larsen C ice shelf is seen to produce one of the biggest-ever icebergs ever recorded once it breaks off. How grim are predictions for this Antarctic ice shelf and its effects on the environment?

Earth/Environment April 24, 2017

Scientists Discover Extensive Network Of Rivers And Lakes Across Antarctica

A team of researchers have discovered a vast network of lakes, rivers, streams, and channels of meltwater across the continent of Antarctica. Nearly 700 such threaded networks have been discovered in the continent.

Earth/Environment April 20, 2017

Time-Lapse Photos Of Thinning Glaciers Show Grim Picture Of Climate Change [Video]

A new set of time-lapse photos show that climate change is already affecting the Antarctic ice sheet and others around the world. Here's a look at the world's melting glaciers.

Earth/Environment April 4, 2017

Arctic Sea Ice Plummets To Record New Low For Winter

The sea ice level in the Arctic has hit a record low. At the winter peak in early March, it has come down to an ice area of 5.57 million square miles, less than the 35,000 square miles recorded in 2015.

Earth/Environment March 23, 2017

Rare Phenomenon Spotted In Antarctica: NASA Photos Reveal Uncanny Green Ice

Stunning images of Granite Harbor reveal unusual green ice colored by a rare bloom of microscopic algae. Typically present during the summer, phytoplankton has managed to survive the austral autumn and change the Antarctic scenery.

Earth/Environment March 13, 2017

Balmy Days: Antarctica Hits Record-High Temperature

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has announced record-high heat in Antarctica at 63.5 degrees Fahrenheit, recorded last March 24, 2015. Here are other record highs and lows in temperature amid climate change.

Earth/Environment March 2, 2017

Antarctic Glacier Crack Is Getting Bigger, About To Bid Adieu To Antarctica

The Larsen C iceberg may break off from Antarctica and make way to the ocean within months. If this happens, there will be a massive rise in the sea level, posing serious threats.

Earth/Environment February 25, 2017

Manhattan-Sized Iceberg Breaks Away From Antarctic Glacier

An iceberg the size of the island of Manhattan is poised to break off Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica. While relatively small in size, this event is not without consequences in the ongoing saga of loss of Antarctic ice.

Earth/Environment February 21, 2017

Crack In Antarctica’s Ice Shelf Larsen C Heading To Full Split

The fast growing giant crack in the Larsen C Ice shelf of Antarctica is threatening big changes in the landscape. The resulting iceberg may be massive and will be about the size of half of Lebanon.

Earth/Environment February 9, 2017

This Is How The Ice Sheets Of Antarctica Formed Very Rapidly About 34 Million Years Ago

Scientists have linked two older theories to explain how the ice sheets of Antarctica formed very rapidly. The first theory focuses on climate change, while the second theory focuses on dramatic changes in ocean circulation patterns.

Earth/Environment February 6, 2017

Massive Ice Shelf In Antarctica On The Brink Of Breaking Apart: What Is Happening?

The massive rift in the Larsen C Ice Shelf just got even longer. What could this mean for the ice shelf as it gets closer to inevitable calving?

Earth/Environment January 22, 2017

Science Lab In Antarctica Relocating To Avoid Drifting Off With Breaking Ice Shelf

The British Antarctic Survey is moving its Antarctica research station Halley VI further inland on the continent. The relocation is made ahead of predictions that the floating Brunt Ice Shelf will break off.

Earth/Environment January 14, 2017

Passive Climate Change Action May Drive Polar Bears To Extinction

Passive climate change action may cause the extinction of polar bears. Although a "recovery" plan was presented, it was focused on short-term survival that still does not address the long-term fate of the species.

Animals January 11, 2017

Delaware-Sized Iceberg Poised To Break Away From Key Antarctic Ice Shelf But Scientists Are Not Alarmed: Here's Why

An iceberg nearly the size of Delaware may break off from one of Antarctica’s largest ice shelves, the Larsen C, early this year. Why are some scientists not alarmed?

Earth/Environment January 7, 2017

Iceberg The Size Of Delaware Set To Break Off From Antarctica, Potentially Affects Global Sea Levels

A long-running rift in Larsen C ice shelf suddenly grew in December, becoming almost as huge as Delaware and now poised to break off from Antarctica anytime soon.

Earth/Environment January 7, 2017

Lost City Hidden Underneath Antarctica: Is It Atlantis?

Photos taken by NASA's Operation IceBridge mission reportedly show an ancient human settlement beneath the Antarctic ice. Could this be the lost city of Atlantis?

Earth/Environment December 13, 2016

Lake Buried In Ice Indicates Impact Of Climate Change On East Antarctica

A lake of freshwater was found underneath the Roi Baudouin ice shelf in East Antarctica showing that climate change has impacted the region. What are the dangers posed by englacial lakes?

Earth/Environment December 13, 2016

Antarctica Glows Blue: NASA AIM Observes Early Noctilucent Cloud Season Over Southern Hemisphere

According to NASA data, the sky above Antarctica is glowing blue as the noctilucent, or night-shining, clouds have arrived in the Southern Hemisphere. However, the early onset has baffled scientists with some suspecting its linkages with the warming of Arctic region.

Earth/Environment December 5, 2016

Where's The World's Oldest Ice? Experts Will Visit Antarctica For Answers

A team of scientists will drill into the core of the ice in Eastern Antarctica. The project will bring insights into Earth's climate cycle through the analysis of air bubbles trapped in ice.

Earth/Environment November 14, 2016

Giant Predatory Lizard Thrived In Antarctica Toward The End Of The Dinosaur Era

Giant predatory sea lizards known as Kaikaifilu thrived in Antarctica some 66 million years ago. According to paleontologists, these Mosasaurs had an average length of 10 meters and reigned as the largest marine predator during the terminal phase of the dinosaur age.

Ancient November 9, 2016

Countries Agree To Declare Ross Sea In Antarctica A Marine Protected Area

Twenty-four nations have agreed to declare the Ross Sea in Antarctica a marine reserve after five years of negotiations. The area is known to be the home of a large number of killer whales and penguins.

Earth/Environment October 28, 2016

Widening 80-Mile Crack Threatens Collapse Of Fragile Antarctic Ice Shelf

A huge crack across one of the great ice shelves in Antarctica is continuing to widen, researchers revealed. The crack may eventually carve out an enormous chunk of the ice shelf.

Earth/Environment August 23, 2016

Expansion Of Antarctic Sea Ice Triggered By Natural Climate Fluctuations: Study

The current situation in Antarctica is a longstanding scientific paradox: in a warming world, why is Antarctic sea ice thickening and expanding? A new study offers a plausible explanation.

Earth/Environment July 5, 2016

Montreal Protocol Pays Off: Antarctic Ozone Layer Shows Signs Of Healing

The Antarctic ozone hole shows signs of shrinking. Scientists said the healing of the ozone layer could be primarily attributed to a 1987 international treaty that sought to ban CFCs and similar substances.

Earth/Environment July 2, 2016

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