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How Antarctic krill fertilise the oceans and even store carbon – all with their poo


Krill are best known as whale food. But few people realize that these small, shrimp-like creatures are also…
Thousands of meltwater lakes mapped on the East Antarctic Ice Sheet

September 26, 2019

The number of meltwater lakes on the surface of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet is more significant than…
Malaria could be felled by an Antarctic sea sponge

September 16, 2019

The frigid waters of the Antarctic may yield a treatment for a deadly disease that affects populations in…
Study Finds Big Increase in Ocean Carbon Dioxide Absorption Along West Antarctic Peninsula

August 29, 2019

Climate change is altering the ability of the Southern Ocean off the West Antarctic Peninsula to absorb carbon…
First evidence of human-caused climate change melting the West Antarctic Ice Sheet

August 13, 2019

A new study reveals the first evidence of a direct link between human-induced global warming and melting of…
Flowing Antarctic Ice Mapped 10 Times More Accurately

July 30, 2019

Far more accurate than any previous map, this new representation of glacier flows in Antarctica opens the door…
Strong storms also play big role in Antarctic ice shelf collapse

July 22, 2019

Warming temperatures and changes in ocean circulation and salinity are driving the breakup of ice sheets in Antarctica,…
Instability in Antarctic Ice Projected to Make Sea Level Rise Rapidly

July 10, 2019

Images of vanishing Arctic ice is jarring, but its potential contributions to sea level rise are no match for Antarctica’s,…
How the weathering of rocks cooled the Earth

July 9, 2019

Fifteen million years ago, the Earth’s climate entered into a period of slow, continuous cooling, and simultaneously the…
The hole in the sea ice as seen by NASA satellite imagery on September 25, 2017. Image credit: NASA
Data from robotic drifters explain mysterious holes in Antarctic sea ice

June 14, 2019

Winter ice on the surface of Antarctica’s Weddell Sea sometimes has an enormous hole called a polynya. A…
Mysterious Holes in Antarctic Sea Ice Explained by Years of Robotic Data

June 11, 2019

The winter ice on the surface of Antarctica’s Weddell Sea occasionally develops an enormous hole. In 2016 and…
Hotspots’ reveal where sub-Antarctic seabirds are at risk from fishing

May 23, 2019

A new study by a University of Liverpool seabird ecologist highlights, that sub-Antarctic seabirds are most at risk…
Expert judgement provides better understanding of the effect of melting ice sheets

May 21, 2019

Melting ice sheets in Greenland and the Antarctic, and subsequent sea level rise (SLR) this will cause, is…
24% of West Antarctic ice is now unstable

May 20, 2019

During the past 25 years, ocean melting has caused ice thinning to spread across one quarter of the…
New satellite keeps close watch on Antarctic ice loss

March 12, 2019

A recently-launched satellite mission has captured precision data on the elevation of the Antarctic ice sheet proving a…
Icefish genome may offer insights into age-related health issues

March 4, 2019

White-blooded Antarctic icefishes live with anemia, oversized hearts and low bone mineral density, traits that in people would…
New climate models suggest that future sea level rise could be much lower than previously feared

February 14, 2019

Two papers published in Nature call into doubt recent predictions of imminent Antarctic ice sheet collapse. They are…
One year into the mission, autonomous ocean robots set a record in survey of Antarctic ice shelf

January 25, 2019

A team of ocean robots deployed in January 2018 have, over the past year, been the first self-guided…
Unique Antarctic sledge for the transportation of large cargoes

December 28, 2018

Unique heavy cargo vehicle developed for Antarctic by St. Petersburg Polytechnic University engineers. Antarctica used only for peaceful…
Nebraska team to help tap ecosystems beneath Antarctic ice sheet

December 12, 2018

From a remote field camp nearly 500 miles from the South Pole, a University of Nebraska–Lincoln team of…
Antarctic melting slows atmospheric warming and speeds sea level rise

November 23, 2018

As the Antarctic ice sheet melts, warming of the atmosphere will be delayed by about a decade but…
A promising target in the quest for a 1-million-year-old Antarctic ice core

May 28, 2018

Ice cores offer a window into the history of Earth’s climate. Layers of ice reveal past temperatures, and…
International Antarctic glacier study to focus on sea level changes

May 8, 2018

The collapse of the Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica could significantly affect global sea levels, and University of…
Ice core shows North American ice sheet’s retreat affected Antarctic weather

February 14, 2018

Researchers at the University of Washington were among the co-authors of a new study that uses ice core…
Interacting Antarctic glaciers may cause faster melt and sea level contributions

January 30, 2018

A new study shows that a large and potentially unstable Antarctic glacier may be melting farther inland than…
Robotic network to explore Antarctic ice shelves

December 19, 2017

One of the biggest unknowns for the future of Earth’s climate is Antarctica, where the West Antarctic Ice…
Antarctic detector offers first look at how Earth stops high-energy neutrinos in their tracks

November 23, 2017

An interdisciplinary team of researchers using the IceCube Neutrino Observatory in Antarctica has measured how certain high-energy neutrinos…
Hidden river once flowed beneath Antarctic ice

August 22, 2017

Antarctic researchers from Rice University have discovered one of nature’s supreme ironies: On Earth’s driest, coldest continent, where…
Satellites track Antarctic ice loss over decades

May 3, 2017

Over two decades of observations by five radar satellites show the acceleration of ice loss of 30 glaciers…
NASA’s Aerial Survey of Polar Ice Expands Its Arctic Reach

March 13, 2017

For the past eight years, Operation IceBridge, a NASA mission that conducts aerial surveys of polar ice, has…
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