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Covid-19 outbreak hits Belgian scientific research station in Antarctica

A Belgian scientific research station in Antarctica is dealing with an outbreak of Covid-19, despite workers being fully vaccinated and based in one of the world’s remotest regions. Since 14 December, at least 16 of the 25 workers at the Princess Elisabeth Polar Station have caught the virus. Officials say cases remain mild so far. […]

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Antarctica: Glacier potentially the size of Great Britain or Florida could shatter within five years

Scientists are warning of dramatic changes at one of the biggest glaciers in Antarctica, potentially within the next five to 10 years. They say a floating section at the front of Thwaites Glacier that until now has been relatively stable could “shatter like a car windscreen”. US and UK researchers are currently engaged in an […]

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Rare Antarctic penguin travels to New Zealand, at least 3,000km away from its natural habitat

A penguin has found itself on the shores of New Zealand, at least 3,000 kilometres away from its natural habitat of Antarctica. The Adélie penguin, who has now been affectionately named Pingu by locals, was found looking lost on the coast. Harry Singh, the local resident who found him, said he thought he was a […]

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Ozone hole over South Pole is now bigger than Antarctica, scientists say

The hole in the ozone that forms every year over the South Pole is now larger than Antarctica, scientists from the European Union’s Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service said Thursday. The ozone depletes and forms a hole over the Antarctic in the Southern Hemisphere’s spring, which is from August to October. It typically reaches its largest […]

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National Geographic cartographers recognise Antarctica’s Southern Ocean as the Earth’s fifth ocean

A new ocean has been identified on Earth. From four, the count of Earth’s total oceans has increased to five as the National Geographic cartographers have recognised Antarctica’s Southern Ocean on their maps. On the occasion of World Oceans Day, the society which has been releasing the world maps since 1915 has publicly announced the […]

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Penguin escapes killer whales by jumping onto tourist boat in Antarctica

A video of penguin escaping the jaws of a killer whale is going viral on the internet. The nail-biting video was recorded by a tourist aboard a dinghy in the Gerlache Strait, near the tip of Antarctica. The video shows the penguin pacing near their vehicle as killer whales chased it. Just as the on-lookers […]

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Iceberg nearly the size of Los Angeles breaks off Antarctica’s brunt ice shelf

A decade after scientists at British Antarctic Survey (BAS) first detected growth of vast cracks, a huge iceberg roughly the size of Los Angeles City (1182 square km) in Antarctica’s Brunt Ice Shelf has now broken off. The first indication that a calving event was imminent came in November 2020 when a new chasm called […]

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Chilean authorities express regret for mistakenly setting off tsunami warning after earthquake

Chilean authorities expressed regret for spreading panic with a mistaken tsunami warning calling for people to get out of coastal areas following an earthquake in Antarctica. A 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck 216 kilometres northeast of the O’Higgins Chilean scientific base at the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula on Saturday at 8:36pm. The ministry then mistakenly […]

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5 Days. 3 Nations. Ships, helicopters and planes rescue Australian expeditioner from Antarctica

After a five day mission involving ships, helicopters and planes, Australia evacuated an expeditioner home from Antarctica. China and the United States collaborated with Australia to bring back an Australian for medical purposes. Details of the patient’s condition were not made public. Officials confirmed it was not related to coronavirus. The expeditioner was at Australia’s […]

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World’s biggest iceberg that broke off from Antarctica in 2017 is breaking up in the Atlantic

The world’s biggest iceberg dubbed A68a –  has begun to break apart in the South Atlantic. Cracks have become more pronounced, they have not yet gone all the way through the iceberg. The first mass broke off  from Antarctica in 2017. “Nearly three-and-a-half years since it calved away from Larsen C Ice Shelf, Iceberg A68a – […]

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Seismologists PUZZLED: More than 30,000 earthquakes have rocked Antarctica since end of August

More than 30,000 earthquakes have rocked Antarctica since the end of August, according to the University of Chile. The spike in seismic activity that has intrigued researchers who study the remote, snowbound continent. Scientists with the university’s National Seismological Center said the small quakes, including one stronger than magnitude 6 were detected in the Bransfield […]

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Climate change is turning Antarctica’s snow cover green

Warming temperatures due to climate change are turning Antarctica’s snow cover green. Algae formation are giving parts of the frozen continent an increasingly green tinge and it is even visible from space, according to new research published on Wednesday. The presence of algae in Antarctica was noted by long-ago expeditions but its full extent was […]