Antarctica

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Violent Volcanic Blasts Ripped Through Antarctic Ice Sheet Twice
Map of Ice Cores and Subglacial Volcanoes
December 17th, 2014
Volcanoes punched through a remote part of the West Antarctic ice sheet twice in the last 50,000 years.
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Robot Sub Finds Surprisingly Thick Antarctic Sea Ice
Bellingshausen Sea
November 24th, 2014
Antarctica's ice paradox has yet another puzzling layer. Not only is the amount of sea ice increasing each year, but an underwater robot now shows the ice is also much thicker than previously thought, a new study reports.
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Photos: Notebook from Antarctic Quest Found After 100 Years
explorers setting fish trap
October 23rd, 2014
When snow and ice thawed during the Antarctic summer last year, a lost notebook was revealed near the century-old base camp that British explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott established at Cape Evans.
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Mountains of Ice are Melting, But Don't Panic (Op-Ed)
Jakobshavn Glacier
December 12th, 2014
As ice melts, the world now has a chance to respond.
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Antarctica's Mysterious Mountains Preserved By Ice
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November 19th, 2014
The secret fountain of youth is frozen water mantling Antarctica's mighty Gamburtsev Mountains, which have kept their youthful appearance after 34 million years buried under ice.
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Century-Old Notebook from Legendary Antarctic Expedition Found
Levick's book
October 23rd, 2014
Hidden in ice for more than 100 years, the photography notebook of a British explorer on Robert Falcon Scott's ill-fated expedition to Antarctica has been found.
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Antarctica Nearing Sea Ice Record High, But Arctic Ice Still Shrinking
Arctic sea ice
September 17th, 2014
For an unprecedented third year in a row, Antarctica's sea ice is poised to smash a new winter record, but Arctic summer sea ice hit its sixth lowest minimum.
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Vulnerable Valleys Found Among Antarctica's Ice-Covered Volcanoes
Mount Murphy
December 11th, 2014
The best look yet at the hidden, ice-covered volcanic mountains in West Antarctica's Marie Byrd Land reveals never-before-seen deep valleys between the ranges, which means more glacial melting is possible than thought.
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Robot Gliders See How Antarctic Ice Melts From Below
Antarctica research ship
November 10th, 2014
Scientists suspect Antarctica's shrinking glaciers are melting from the bottom up, and a fleet of robot ocean gliders may help explain why.
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Deep, Hidden Trench Discovered Beneath Antarctic Glacier
3D Map of Glacier Bedrock
October 1st, 2014
Ice-penetrating radar has uncovered a previously unknown ice-covered trench, and other detailed terrain, in the bedrock hidden beneath two massive, bluish glaciers in Greenland and Antarctica.
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