Antarctica

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Faraway Earthquake Triggered Antarctica Icequakes
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August 10th, 2014
Researchers report the first evidence that distant earthquakes can trigger icequakes in Antarctica.
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Unhappy Feet: Global Warming Threatens Emperor Penguins
Stephanie Jenouvrier, of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, holds an emperor penguin chick in Antarctica.
June 30th, 2014
As climate change melts sea ice, emperor penguin populations across Antarctica across Antarctica could drastically decline, with many of the colonies dropping by more than half by 2100, warn scientists.
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Cold, Dark and Alive! Life Discovered in Buried Antarctic Lake
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August 20th, 2014
Lake Whillans teems with nearly 4,000 species of microbes, forming a rich ecosystem that lives underneath Antarctica's ice sheet.
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Whiffs of Antarctic Sulfur Hold Climate Clues
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August 4th, 2014
Huge wildfires sparked by a powerful El Niño event 16 years ago left a distinct tinge of sulfur in Antarctica's snow.
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Poop Stains Reveal Penguins Migrate With Climate
Researchers can spot penguin colonies thanks to the large poop stains they leave on the ice.
June 23rd, 2014
In the face of rising temperatures, emperor penguins in the Antarctic may be forced to find new breeding grounds instead of returning to the same spot to mate year after year, according to new research using satellite images of penguin poop.
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King Penguins' Genes Explain Ancient Island-Hopping
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June 10th, 2014
As the glaciers melted about 15,000 years ago, warmer weather and ice-free conditions allowed king penguins to colonize the string of islands north of Antarctica, a new genetic study has found.
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Most Interesting Science News Articles of the Week
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August 17th, 2014
Robot construction, the cause of Antarctic earthquakes and the pharaohs' rise to power are some of the best articles in Science this week.
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Volcanoes Cooled Earth Less Than Thought
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July 8th, 2014
Global cooling caused by some historic volcanic eruptions wasn't as extreme as climate scientists recently thought, according to newly revised ice core records from Antarctica.
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