The team used hot-water drilling gear to melt a hole through Antarctica’s Ross Ice Shelf to explore the ocean below.
An international team has melted a hole through Antarctica's largest ice shelf to explore the hidden ocean below, and the shelf's vulnerability to climate change.
The continent is home to 12 million penguins…and not much else.
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The Antarctic Treaty was signed 58 years ago today, protecting the continent for peace and science.
The ever changing Antarctic landscape.
Australia must keep up its scientific presence in Antarctica and work with others if it's to maintain its territorial claim on the frozen continent.
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Few fish can survive in these freezing waters, so invertebrates are the dominant predators.
An Antarctic icebreaker sails past a penguin. But conservationists are still waiting for their own breakthrough.
John B. Weller
Australia is among nations calling for a 1 million square km marine park off East Antarctica. But Russia and China remain opposed, and a recent summit yet again failed to seal the deal.
Warm waters run very deep.
A scene from John Carpenter’s The Thing from 1982.
John Carpenter's The Thing is a sci-fi classic with a strong fanbase among polar scientists. So why does it resonate so much?
Scott and his team at the geographic South Pole, January 18, 1912.
National Library of Australia
Notes unearthed from the British Library suggest that Captain Scott's Antarctic expedition may have been fatally undermined by Lieutenant Teddy Evans, furious after being sent back to base.
Clouds over Australia’s Davis Research Station, containing ice particles that activate ozone-depleting chemicals, triggering the annual ozone hole.
The treaty to limit the destruction of the ozone layer is hailed as the most successful environmental agreement of all time. Three decades on, the ozone layer is slowly but surely returning to health.
Melting Antarctic ice can trigger effects on the other side of the globe.
The climate secrets contained in an ancient tree that lived through abrupt global change reveal how Antarctica can trigger rapid warming in the north by dumping cold water into the Southern Ocean.
Mosses are sensitive to even minor changes in their living conditions.
Mosses are sensitive to even minor changes in their living conditions, and scientists traditionally tramped through difficult terrain to collect data on them.
The Mt. Takeha volcano in west Antartica rises more than 2,000 metres above the surrounding ice sheet.
18,000 years ago a volcano in Antartica began erupting – and didn't stop for 192 years.
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More than 100 volcanoes lie beneath the continent's ice sheet.
The analysis of large amounts of ice from Antarctica’s Taylor Valley has helped scientists to tease apart the natural and human-made sources of the potent greenhouse gas methane.
Analysis of 12,000-year-old Antarctic ice reveals that methane leaks from fossil fuel extraction play a larger role than previously thought.
Century-old fruit cake, anyone?
Antarctic Heritage Trust
Fruit cake may last a century, but it's got nothing on honey.
The authors have collaborated on an Antarctic research project, investigating tiny ice crystals and their role in climate.
Gabby O'Connor's Studio Antarctica/Johanna Mechem
When artists and scientists get together, they fuel each other's creativity and inquiry.
Celebrity cows: Southern Girl and Iceberg enjoy a ‘hay cocktail’ at the Commodore Hotel in New York.
Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, contact for re-use
What would possess an Antarctic expedition to take dairy cows to the icy continent? Back in 1933, Admiral Byrd did so for reasons of image-making, publicity and territorial ambition.
Into the unknown.
In this episode of The Anthill podcast we are off exploring: land, sea and space.
NASA / John Sonntag
Enormous Antarctic icebergs are a rare but natural occurrence.
The crack along the Larsen C ice has grown significantly over the past few weeks.
A huge iceberg is set to break free from Antarctica. While the iceberg isn't hugely concerning, it could herald the breakup of the entire Larsen C ice shelf, which could trigger more sea-level rise.