But new research offers some hope if we are able to keep climate change under control.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These temperatures are well below average, even for the middle of 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.
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.
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 II is helping South Africa to become a leader in Antarctic science.
Scientists have crafted the world’s first “treasure map” to reveal Antarctica’s meteorites. These chunks of stone-like material could throw light on the mysteries of our early solar system.
Earlier this month, one of the most famous shipwrecks in history was discovered in a part of Antarctica claimed by multiple nations.
For the first time since satellites started studying the continent, East Antarctica has lost an entire ice shelf.
This seemingly one-off heatwave may be a harbinger for the future under climate change.
It’s undoubtedly exciting news, but polar exploration has a poor record when it comes to diversity and we need to rethink the values and attitudes that underpin our fascination.
The resting place of Shackleton’s ill-fated ship is now an international heritage site, and a reminder of how Antarctica’s place in our collective consciousness has changed since the ‘heroic age’.
Accurately calculating a ship’s position by hand in 1915 was easy compared to what the New Zealand-born navigator Frank Worsley had to do next.
That there’s legacy waste in Antarctica may come as a surprise to some, as we often think of Antarctica as a pristine wilderness. These photos show why cleaning up is long overdue