Antarctica

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'Freak Weather Event' Sets Antarctic Heat Records
April 7th, 2015
A remarkable heat wave warmed Antarctica's northernmost peninsula to slightly above 63 degrees Fahrenheit (17.5 degrees Celsius) two weeks ago — a record high for the normally cold continent.
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Antarctica's Ice Shelves Are Thinning Fast
Antarctica's Brunt Ice Shelf.
March 27th, 2015
In West Antarctica, some ice shelves could melt away within a century.
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Hidden Channels Beneath East Antarctica Could Cause Massive Melt
East Antarctica, Totten Glacier
March 18th, 2015
A glacier the size of California in East Antarctica is in danger of melting away, which could lead to an extreme thaw increases sea levels by about 11.5 feet (3.5 meters) worldwide if the glacier vanishes, a new study finds.
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Robot Reveals Sea Life Thriving Beneath Antarctic Ice
Antarctic marine animals
April 6th, 2015
The water beneath Antarctica's thick ice may be dark and chilly, but it still harbors a surprising amount of sea life, including sea stars, sponges and anemones, according to a new underwater robotic expedition.
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Antarctica's Supersized Icebergs Shut Down Currents
Mertz Glacier iceberg
March 26th, 2015
Colossal icebergs careening along the Antarctic coastline can shut down the deep, cold currents that help drive ocean circulation.
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Secret Hideout Helped Penguins Survive the Ice Age
Emperor Penguins in Antartica
March 3rd, 2015
Earth's last ice age was so cold that even Antarctica's emperor penguins had trouble with the chill, a new study finds.
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Gorgeous Satellite Image Reveals Galloping Antarctic Glacier
Pine Island Glacier
March 25th, 2015
Pine Island Glacier in West Antarctica flowed about 325 feet (100 meters) between March 3 and March 15, 2015.
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Antarctic Architecture? (Gallery)
Perspective rendering of Vent
February 12th, 2015
If you overnight on an ice sheet, consider getting one of these.
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