Amguema, Siberia Russia
A Pandoravirus has been revived after remaining dormant in the Siberian permafrost for nearly 50,000 years.
Penguins are at risk as a warming climate affects sea ice in Antarctica.
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Emperor penguins survive in a ‘Goldilocks zone’ between too much sea ice and too little. Climate change is having an impact.
Women in Antarctica experience significant barriers of sexism, prejudice and abuse.
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The U.S. Antarctic Program struggles to keep women safe – and through the continent’s history, discrimination and prejudice are rampant.
Ice breaks off the front of a glacier in Antarctica.
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A transcript of an episode of The Conversation Weekly published on September 22, 2022.
The edge of the Thwaites Glacier extends into the Amundsen Sea in western Antarctica.
If and when the Thwaites Glacier melts, it will result in nearly 0.6 metres of sea level rise, but it holds back another three metres of sea level rise lurking within the Antarctic continent. Listen to The Conversation Weekly podcast.
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The place where oceans turn into ice holds the key to understanding some of the complex interactions of Earth’s climate. Thankfully, we’re making progress.
Southern Ocean heat uptake accounts for almost all the planet’s ocean warming, thereby controlling the rate of climate change.
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A recent report reveals 72% of women stationed in Antarctica have experienced sexual harassment. This is a shockingly high number – but change is possible.
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But new research offers some hope if we are able to keep climate change under control.
Esmee van Wijk
Antarctica’s ice shelves have helped insulate it from dangerous levels of ice loss. But this is changing.
The findings underscore the urgency of limiting global warming to below 1.5℃, to avert the most catastrophic climate harms.
Richard Selwyn Jones
Interestingly, we also found a major period of ice loss in Antarctica was followed by a period of gain, starting some 5,000 years ago.
Corals and fish in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, San Pedro, Belize.
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As nations pledge to preserve swaths of ocean within their territorial waters, a marine scientist explains why some marine protected areas shelter ocean life more effectively than others.
The front of Thwaites Glacier is a jagged, towering cliff.
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Thwaites Glacier’s ice shelf appears to be splintering, and scientists fear it could give way in the next few years. A polar scientist takes us on a tour under the ice to explain the forces at work.
The sun rises over Lake Crackenback on a cold morning in New South Wales.
These temperatures are well below average, even for the middle of winter.
The greenhouse at McMurdo Station in Antarctica is the only source of fresh food during winter.
Scientists just grew plants in soil from the Moon, but Antarctica has long provided researchers with the perfect place to test their agricultural techniques for a future in space.
Co-author Chloe Gustafson and mountaineer Meghan Seifert install measuring equipment on an ice stream.
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Liquid water below the ice determines how fast an ice stream flows. As the ice sheet gets thinner, more of that salty groundwater could rise.
We compiled the first list of Antarctic species and where they were first found. This knowledge means we can now protect all of the icy continent’s species.
Layered ice sheets can be vulnerable to fracturing.
Melting lakes on ice shelves can widen cracks within them - new research shows how these lakes change across the world’s largest sheet.
The SA Agulhas amid the ice of Antarctica.
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The SA Agulhas II is helping South Africa to become a leader in Antarctic science.