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'Antarctic cities' residents care deeply about the continent, with environmental concerns outweighing economic priorities. Asked about its future, they feel a mix of hope, pessimism and sadness.
Workmen dissecting a whale carcass in Antarctica, circa 1935.
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For 200 years, a small number of countries have exploited the marine wildlife of Antarctica, often with devastating impact on their populations.
Fossil remains indicate these birds had a wingspan of over 20 feet.
Paleontologists have discovered fossil remains belonging to an enormous 'toothed' bird that lived for a period of about 60 million years after dinosaurs.
More than 280 women in STEMM call for a marine protected area to be established in the waters of the Western Antarctic Peninsula.
Carbon emissions are chilling the atmosphere 90km above Antarctica, at the edge of space
It would be the first concrete runway in Antarctica and have the biggest footprint of any project in the continent's history.
Protecting the continent’s remaining pristine wilderness areas is urgent, but achievable.
As the world warmed from the last ice age, a rise in carbon dioxide levels stalled for nearly 2,000 years. That's always puzzled scientists, but now they think they know what happened.
Latest research explores how a warming ocean circulates underneath Antarctica's floating ice shelves and how this contributes to future sea level rise.
Over the past 30 years, the South Pole has been one of the fastest changing places on Earth, warming more than three times quicker than the rest of the world.
King George Island, Antarctica.
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Our research on a remote Antarctic island found microplastics in the intestines of tiny animals.
Not all clouds are the same, and climate models have been predicting the wrong kinds of clouds over the Southern Ocean.
Climate models have been overestimating how much sunlight hits the Southern Ocean. This is because the clouds there are different from clouds anywhere else. Bacterial DNA helped us understand why.
Artist’s rendition of NASA’s 2020 Mars rover collecting rocks with its robotic arm.
Martian meteorites allow scientists here on Earth to decode that planet's geology, more than a decade before the first missions are scheduled to bring rocks back home from Mars.
We might need to ignore climate change right now if only to save our sanity, but it certainly hasn’t been ignoring us.
Dana M Bergstrom/Australian Antarctic Division
The heatwave highlights the connectedness of our climate systems: from the monsoon tropics to the southernmost continent.
Members of Shackleton’s Nimrod Expedition (1907–1909) gather round a gramophone player in Antarctica.
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A strong mind was key to surviving the monotony faced by Antarctic explorers enduring the isolation of long, remote winters.
A blue ice area, part of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet.
Professor Chris Turney
Our research shows the Antarctic could be closer to a tipping point than previously thought.
Aerial view of a glacier in the Antarctic peninsula region.
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Two centuries after it was first sighted by Russian explorers, Antarctica is a key site for studying the future of Earth's climate – and for global scientific cooperation.
The Princess Elisabeth Antarctica Research Station.
Living sustainably has its challenges, but none greater than in the climate and geography of Antarctica.
Emperor Penguin in Antarctica.
Emperor Penguins thrive in harsh conditions, but a new study shows that their fate depends on human action to slow global warming and associated loss of sea ice.