A large number of scientific discoveries emerged from Earth's most southerly continent this year. Here are some of our favorites.
A pair of new studies has revealed 'highly unlikely' phytoplankton blooms appearing near the seafloor and under sea ice at both Earth's poles.
A new satellite image shows that the world's largest iceberg, A-76A, has entered the Drake Passage, a waterway that contains a fast-moving ocean current that will send the mighty berg on a one-way trip to its watery grave.
As global temperatures rise, the ecology of Antarctica is already changing, but Earth's climate would have to change drastically before the continent could support agriculture and permanent settlers.
The discovery of a river beneath the Antarctic ice reveals that the bottom of the ice sheet may be more susceptible to melt than previously believed.
Fractures in an Antarctic iceberg were likely caused by rapid changes in the currents that flow through the Southern Ocean.
Analysis of DNA samples collected from beneath the seafloor in Antarctica has revealed that some of the ancient genetic material could be around 1 million years old.
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