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Browse: Penguins Retreat from Sea-Ice
For the first time, emperor penguins have been found nesting on ice shelves, sometimes 40 metres above the ocean rather than the much lower sea-ice they normally frequent.
Browse: Antarctic Lake Theory Dries Up
Browse: Antarctic Waters Replicating Prehistoric Sea Level Rise Browse: US Shutdown Freezes Antarctic Research
The US government’s shutdown has had drastic effects on Antarctic research, including collaborations with Australian and New Zealand teams. The timing of the shutdown at the start of the summer research period meant that many projects could not be restarted even after funding resumed.
Browse: Ocean Winds Keep Australia Dry and Antarctica Cold Browse: Arctic Sea-Ice Shrinking while Antarctic Sea-Ice Grows
Browse: Changing Antarctic Winds Create New Sea Level Threat Browse: Antarctic Mercury Threatens Fish and Birds
A winter afternoon in the living hut at Commonwealth Bay.
Feature: A Century of Australian Antarctic Medicine
Medical care and research in Antarctica has come a long way since the first expeditions took place 100 years ago.
The Davis Station wastewater outfall. Photo: J. Stark
Feature: Sewage in Antarctica: A Drop in a Frozen Ocean?
Human activities are impacting Anatarctica’s once-pristine environment, with evidence of antibiotic resistance genes and sewage-related contaminants entering its food chain.
A pygmy blue whale feeds on krill in waters off Australia. Credit: research team
Feature: Australian Blue Whales Now Call Antarctica Home
The first evidence of interbreeding between subspecies of blue whales suggest that their ecology is changing, possibly due to historic whaling or climate change.
A green oasis of Antarctic mosses in the Windmill Islands. Zbyněk Malenovský
Feature: Will Antarctic Oases Remain Green?
Antarctic mosses are threatened by climatic change and human activity, but researchers can now detect their health by analysing spectral patterns imaged from the ground or remotely by drones.
Feature: A Plasmid Goes Viral
No one really knows how viruses evolved, but scientists looking for Antarctic viruses from extremely cold and salty lakes have discovered new clues.
Browse: Penguins Survived in Three Refugia during Ice Age
Browse: Melting Antarctic Ice Sheet Is a “Sleeping Giant” Browse: Finding Frozen Fossils in Antarctica
Antarctica throws up some challenges to paleaontologists attempting to excavate and return fossils that may tell us if tetrapods first evolved in Gondwana.
Eco Logic: A Call to Better Protect Antarctic Biodiversity
As “the last wilderness on Earth” Antarctica requires a better system of protected areas.
Fossil File: Explorer’s Tragic Burden Transformed Geology
Scott’s tragic Antarctic expedition sowed the first seeds of Gondwana.
Up Close: Mercury rising: The impact of distant human activity on Antarctica
Atmospheric chemist Dr Robyn Schofield discusses how industrial pollution makes its way to the pristine Antarctic continent, and explains the chemistry behind the resulting annual mercury deposition events.
Online Feature: Coldest journey on Earth for explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes
UK explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes is taking on one of the world’s most hostile environments and last remaining polar challenges by attempting to cross Antarctica in winter - the coldest journey on Earth.
Online Feature: Australian Antarctic science is being frozen out by budget cuts
Despite rising costs, the government this year handed an 8% budget cut to the Australian Antarctic Division.
Online Feature: New results from inside the ozone hole
NASA scientists have revealed the inner workings of the ozone hole that forms annually over Antarctica and found that declining chlorine in the stratosphere has not yet caused a recovery of the ozone hole.