Antarctica

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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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Melting, Not Meteorite, Caused East Antarctica Crater
Antarctica crater
January 23rd, 2015
A mysterious crater discovered in East Antarctica last month likely formed beneath a meltwater lake, not because of a meteorite impact, researchers now think.
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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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Melting Glaciers Pose a Carbon Menace
Tibet glacier
January 21st, 2015
Melting glaciers pose another threat beyond sea level rise. They will dump massive amounts of organic carbon into the world's oceans, altering ecosystems.
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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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Surprise! Fish Lurk in Antarctica's Dark Underworld
Ross Ice Shelf fish
January 22nd, 2015
Researchers were startled to find fish, crustaceans and jellyfish hidden beneath the Ross Ice Shelf, in one of the world's most extreme ecosystems.
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