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.
Kerry Key/Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
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.
Scientists hunt for meteorites on the Nansen blue ice area in East Antartica, close to the Belgian Antarctic research station Princess Elisabeth.
BELARE 2019-2020 meteorite recovery expedition on the Nansen Ice Field
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.
A view of the bow of the Endurance.
Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust/National Geographic
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.
Windmill Islands, near Casey Research Station, Antarctica
Dana M Bergstrom
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.
Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust/National Georgraphic/AP
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’.
Navigator Frank Worsley, left, works with scientist Reginald James to take an observation by the stern of the Endurance.
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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.
Abandoned building and barrel at Wilkes Station.
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
Strategic tensions with Russia and China are hardening globally and Antarctica won’t be immune from them. Can Antarctica stay peripheral, as it has in previous moments of geopolitical heat?
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Soot from research bases and sightseeing cruises is melting millions of tonnes of Antarctic snow every summer
The project’s drill rig on the slopes of the Kamb Ice Stream.
Researchers have surveyed an Antarctic under-ice river for the first time directly, and their observations support the idea that such sub-glacial rivers form estuaries as they flow into the ocean.
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New research maps how ship traffic connects Antarctica to worldwide ecosystems.
Glaciers like Antarctica’s Byrd Glacier are showing cracks and movement.
United States Geological Survey
A massive Antarctic ice shelf is showing signs of cracking and could trigger worldwide flooding.
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Penguins will have the best seat in the house as a total solar eclipse passes over Antarctica on December 4. Australia and New Zealand will experience a minor partial eclipse, but not a noticeable one.
While some invasive animals have breached Antarctica, the continent is still pristine. Our challenge is keeping it that way.