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  • Adam Weinstein: Arrest Climate Change Deniers

    The Earth hasn’t warmed in 17 years. The Arctic ice cap haven’t melted by 2013 as Al Gore suggested in 2007. Instead like the Antarctic ice cap it has grown. Nearly every computer model created by global warming scientists has turned out to be a massive exaggeration if not outright false. Despite all of this the UN has doubled down on their extremist global warming/climate change theories. Meanwhile Adam Weinstein of Gawker wants to imprison “climate change deniers.” Rather than have a spirited scientific debate, Weinstein wants the matter declared settled science. As George Will mused several months back, when...
  • Antarctic glacier 'melted JUST as fast LONG before human carbon emissions'

    02/23/2014 6:55:32 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 22 replies ^ | 21st February 2014 | Lewis Page,
    Top boffins from the British Antarctic Survey say that the Pine Island Glacier - famous as a possible major cause of global-warming-powered sea level rises - was melting just as fast thousands of years ago as it is melting today. “This paper [just published] is part of a wide range of international scientific efforts to understand the behaviour of this important glacier," explains Professor Mike Bentley, one of the leaders of a BAS effort to find out what's going on with the PIG. "The results are clear in showing a remarkably abrupt thinning of the glacier 8000 years ago," adds...
  • Bill Nye the Science Guy Confuses Arctic with Antarctic at Global Warming Debate

    02/17/2014 2:55:39 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 02/17/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Arctic, Antarctic, who cares? The science is settled. Just look at this hockey stick. So what if it’s really a baseball bat. The science is settled, I tell you. We settled it one weekend and now it’s settled for good. At 8 min. 30 seconds in, Nye holds up a picture of Arctic and asks: ‘Would you say that the Antarctic has less ice than it used to?’Climate Depot’s Answer: NO! See: Antarctic Sea Ice Extent is on track to have highest minimum in modern satellite era! – ‘Sea Ice Extent is 27.4% above normal as of Feb 7 2014′Er,...
  • Orthodox Church to be Sanctified in Antarctic

    02/14/2014 6:54:55 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Interfax ^ | 2/14/14
    St. Petersburg, February 14, Interfax - An Orthodox church of the Holy Trinity located at the Russian Antarctic station Bellingshausen will be sanctified on Friday, the press service for the Research Institute for the Arctic and Antarctic has reported. The church turns 10 on February 14, the press service reported. The polar explorers from the Russian Antarctic expedition suggested the creation of an Orthodox chapel back in the late 1990s. That offer was upheld and an Orthodox church was build at the station. The construction of the church began in fall 2001 in Altai. The main materials used in its...
  • Federal Government to seek full cost recovery for Antarctic expedition rescue

    01/24/2014 3:36:16 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 20 replies ^ | january 24, 2014
    THE Federal Government will seek the full costs incurred during the recovery effort to save the MV Akademik Shokalskiy. Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt yesterday said costs, estimated at about $2.4 million, would be sought from the insurer of the operators of the vessel.
  • Antarctic Lost Worlds - 2 New Dinosaurs Species Found

    02/27/2004 9:36:42 AM PST · by Mark Felton · 47 replies · 5,241+ views
    Astrobiology Magazine ^ | 2/27/04 | astrobiology
    Finding dinosaurs in Antarctica is both easier and harder than finding them on another continent. Easier, because like looking for meteorites, dinosaur bones show up against the stark landscape. Harder, because the dinosaur's cold-bloodedness wouldn't have lasted long prior to continental drift and climate changes. Antarctic Lost Worlds Tale of Two Dinosaursbased on National Science Foundation report Against incredible odds, researchers working in separate sites, thousands of miles apart in Antarctica have found what they believe are the fossilized remains of two species of dinosaurs previously unknown to science. Life on the Edge. South Pole view from Space.Credit: NASA One...
  • Dinosaur discoveries wow Boston (Wishbone discovery for older theropods)

    02/26/2002 11:06:47 AM PST · by cracker · 12 replies · 437+ views
    BBC ^ | Feb 18, 2002 | Jonathan Amos
    Dinosaur discoveries wow Boston Sensational fossil discoveries were unveiled on Monday, including the most primitive wishbone yet found in a dinosaur. Also presented was an exquisite skull from a tiny crocodile that could help provide vital new evidence on when the landmasses of Africa and South America split to take up their current positions on the planet's surface. The finds were described by Paul Sereno, one of the world's leading dino hunters, at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Boston. Dr Sereno, from the University of Chicago, told the meeting that science was ...
  • New Dinosaur Species Found in India

    08/13/2003 9:02:05 PM PDT · by nwrep · 3,128 replies · 17,377+ views
    AP ^ | August 13, 2003 | RAMOLA TALWAR BADAM
    New Dinosaur Species Found in India 2 hours, 55 minutes ago Add Top Stories - AP to My Yahoo! By RAMOLA TALWAR BADAM, Associated Press Writer BOMBAY, India - U.S. and Indian scientists said Wednesday they have discovered a new carnivorous dinosaur species in India after finding bones in the western part of the country. AP Photo Missed Tech Tuesday? Check out the powerful new PDA crop, plus the best buys for any budget The new dinosaur species was named Rajasaurus narmadensis, or "Regal reptile from the Narmada," after the Narmada River region where the bones were found. The dinosaurs...
  • Massive Hole Discovered Under Antarctica, Bigger Than The Grand Canyon

    01/17/2014 1:18:49 AM PST · by Flotsam_Jetsome · 56 replies
    Forbes ^ | 1/15/2014 | William Pentland
    A giant valley deeper than the Grand Canyon is buried beneath several miles of glacial ice in West Antarctica, according to a new study by British scientists. The sub-glacial canyon is nearly two miles deep, 200 miles long and 15 miles wide.
  • Akademic Shokalskiy makes it back to port, #spiritofmawson ship of fools still stuck in Antarctica

    01/13/2014 3:07:54 PM PST · by Daralundy · 15 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | January 13, 2014 | Anthony Watts
    The comedy just keeps on coming. Plus, now it seems that Turney failed to get some approvals, and his welcome home may not be all the happy. Maybe he’ll stay in Antarctica. After having to prematurely abandon their mission due to being stuck in ice, and having a weather forecast provided that said all they had to do was wait a few more days, which came true, freeing the ship, the intrepid Dr. Turney and his gaggle of global warming geese tourists were evacuated by helicopter to the Aurora Australis, which then sailed to the Australian Casey Station to finish...
  • Eco-warriors stranded in the Antarctic! It’s too good to be true (Mark Steyn)

    01/08/2014 7:22:05 PM PST · by xp38 · 41 replies
    The Spectator ^ | January 8 2014 | Mark Steyn
    Yes, yes, just to get the obligatory ‘of courses’ out of the way up front: of course ‘weather’ is not the same as ‘climate’; and of course the thickest iciest ice on record could well be evidence of ‘global warming’, just as 40-and-sunny and a 35-below blizzard and 12 degrees and partly cloudy with occasional showers are all apparently manifestations of ‘climate change’; and of course the global warm-mongers are entirely sincere in their belief that the massive carbon footprint of their rescue operation can be offset by the planting of wall-to-wall trees the length and breadth of Australia, Britain,...
  • Antarctic Expedition to Plant 'Thousands of Trees' to Off Set Carbon Footprint of Rescue (!!!)

    01/06/2014 9:26:23 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 59 replies
    Breibart blog ^ | 1-5-2014 | Elizabeth Sheld
    Members of the Antarctic expedition trapped in the regions icy tundra have pledged to plant "thousands" of trees to "cover" the carbon footprint resulting from their rescue. The Russian ship Akademik Shokalskiy became lodged in ice on Christmas Eve during a research study on global warming. Debate has heated up, no pun intended, over exactly how many trees will need to be planted to offset the rescue effort's "damage." The expedition had pledged to plant about 800 kauri trees in Northland to cover its carbon footprint. Environmentalists believe planting trees helps to offset the impact of burning fuels such as...
  • US icebreaker to rescue 2 ships in Antarctica

    01/04/2014 11:15:13 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 64 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | January 4, 2014 | ROD McGUIRK
    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A U.S. Coast Guard heavy icebreaker left Australia for Antarctica on Sunday to rescue more than 120 crew members aboard two icebreakers trapped in pack ice near the frozen continent's eastern edge, officials said. The 122-meter (399-foot) cutter, the Polar Star, is responding to a Jan. 3 request from Australia, Russia and China to assist the Russian and Chinese ships because "there is sufficient concern that the vessels may not be able to free themselves from the ice," the Coast Guard said in a statement. The Russian research ship Akademik Shokalskiy has been trapped in ice-clogged...
  • The Further Adventures of the Chinese Ice Breaker That Rescued the Global Warming Scientists

    01/05/2014 11:51:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 01/05/2014 | Rick Moran
    When last we left our heroes, they had successfully evacuated 52 global warming scientists from the MV Akademik Shokalskiy, a Russian ice breaker that was stranded by ice for 10 days. A Chinese ship, the Xue Long, used a helicopter to ferry the scientists — who still insist the Antarctic ice is melting due to global warming — to an Australian ice breaker that is now on the way back home.But rather than get the girl and live happily ever after, the Chinese ice breaker itself has now become trapped by sea ice.BBC reports: The Chinese ice-breaker that helped...
  • Ice Station "Global Warming" Speaks [Semi-Vanity Title]

    01/05/2014 6:18:58 AM PST · by SES1066 · 10 replies
    [Carbon Off-Set:] A total of 800 kauri trees will be planted which during the first 50 years of their life will offset more than the total carbon used to fuel the AAE. Kauri of course lives much longer than this and is even known to reach ages of more than 2,000 years. The amount of carbon assimilated by the trees was calculated using the kauri growth calculator based on many field studies and research.
  • The Magical Thinking of the Left: Inside the mind of the rescued Antarctic warming researchers

    01/03/2014 7:28:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 01/03/2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    The Supreme Court of Iceland has ordered a halt to road construction because of the environmental impact on the elves. Most of the modern world no longer believes in elves, fairies or gnomes; but environmentalists still do. Members of the environmentalist terrorist group Earth Liberation Front refer to themselves as “elves” and to their acts of sabotage and vandalism as “elving” or “pixieing.” Environmentalist eco-pagans divided themselves into “fairies” and “trolls” with the fairies sticking to non-violence while the trolls were more apt to get physical. The Dragon Environmental Network, which in its own words “links environmental action with magical...
  • Stranded Antarctic passengers evacuated to freedom ('Tards "rescued")

    01/02/2014 6:42:06 AM PST · by Paladin2 · 41 replies
    AFP ^ | 1/2/2014 | By Amy Coopes
    "Sydney — All 52 passengers who spent Christmas and New Year trapped on an icebound Russian research vessel in Antarctica were airlifted from the ice Thursday in a dramatic rescue mission. A Chinese helicopter which landed on a makeshift landing pad next to the marooned ship ferried the scientists, tourists and journalists in groups of 12 to an Australian government supply ship, the Aurora Australis. The passengers had been stuck for 10 days in thick pack ice ...........
  • New Plan for Icebreaker Rescue Ship That Failed to Bust Through Frozen Sea (Rescue Delayed)

    01/01/2014 7:47:57 PM PST · by fso301 · 80 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jan. 1, 2014 9:48pm | Dave Urbanski
    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The latest attempt to rescue passengers on board a research ship that has been trapped in Antarctic ice for more than a week was delayed again Thursday after sea ice prevented a barge from reaching one of the rescue vessels. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Rescue Coordination Centre, which is handling the operation, said earlier on Thursday that weather conditions had improved and rescue flights were expected to commence. A helicopter was expected to airlift passengers to a Chinese icebreaker, the Snow Dragon, and a barge would then ferry them to a nearby Australian vessel. But...
  • 100-Year-Old Box of Negatives Discovered by Conservators in Antarctica

    01/01/2014 1:22:27 PM PST · by beaversmom · 8 replies
    Peta Pixel ^ | December 27, 2013 | DL Cade
    Almost one hundred years after a group of explorers set out across the frozen landscape of Antarctica to set up supply depots for famed explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, a box of 22 never-before-seen exposed but unprocessed negatives taken by the group’s photographer has been unearthed in one of those shacks, preserved in a block of ice. This incredible discovery was made by the Conservators of the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust who are working to restore an old exploration hut. The 22 cellulose nitrate negatives were, the Trust believes, left there by Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, which became stranded on...
  • Helicopter Rescue for Stranded Antarctic Ship on Hold for Better Weather

    01/01/2014 7:15:50 AM PST · by Zakeet · 39 replies
    ABC News ^ | December 31, 2013 | Gio Benitez, Anthony Castellano, Mallory Thompson and Ben Krolowitz
    An air rescue for the passengers aboard a research ship that has been trapped in Antarctic ice for a week will wait for a break in the weather to start airlifting people from the vessel, Australian maritime authorities say. The 74 scientists, tourists and crew aboard the Akademik Shokalskiy, a Russian-crewed research vessel touring the Antarctic, have been trapped in ice since Christmas Eve. A helicopter on board a Chinese icebreaker, the Snow Dragon, will be used to collect the passengers once there is a break in the weather, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said in a Monday night conference...
  • Chinese helicopter to airlift passengers on stranded Russian ship in Antarctica

    01/01/2014 6:47:23 AM PST · by fso301 · 49 replies
    Xinhuanet ^ | 2014-01-01 18:51:57 | Editor: An
    ABOARD XUELONG, Jan. 1 (Xinhua) -- Chinese helicopter Xueying (Snow Eagle) on board the icebreaker Xuelong has been prepared for the airlift of trapped passengers on a Russian vessel stuck in sea ice off Antarctica, Xueying captain Jia Shuliang told Xinhua on Wednesday. "The crew members have been readied to transport the 52 scientists and tourists aboard MV Akademik Shokalskiy with their luggage to Xuelong in groups of 12," Jia said. According to the rescue plan, six crew members will be split into three two-person teams, respectively responsible for flying the helicopter and guaranteeing the ground service on board Xuelong...
  • New year on board the Akademik Shokalskiy - video

    12/31/2013 4:28:44 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 18 replies
    Guardian ^ | Dec 31, 2014 | Laurence Topham
    Here is a video (at the link) of the climate scientists throwing a New Year's party while other risk their ships to drag them to safety.
  • Rescue for Antarctic ice-bound ship under threat (Chinese ice breaker may also be stuck)

    12/31/2013 1:23:20 PM PST · by Zakeet · 121 replies
    BBC ^ | December 31, 2013
    A rescue mission for a ship trapped in ice in Antarctica is under threat as reports have emerged that one of the assisting vessels may itself be stuck.Fifty-two passengers and four crew members were due to be evacuated by helicopter from China's Xue Long ship as soon as conditions allowed. However, the Xue Long has barely moved in a day and may be stuck in the ice.
  • 'Stuck in our own experiment': Leader of trapped team insists polar ice is melting

    12/31/2013 10:06:57 AM PST · by chessplayer · 92 replies
    Foxnews ^ | December 30, 2013
    Turney later told the ice surrounding his ship is old, rather than recently formed, and likely from a particular 75 mile-long iceberg that broke apart three years ago. Climate change may have prompted the iceberg to shatter and float into the previously open sea where the mostly Australian team finds itself stranded, Turney said.
  • Trapped ship passengers can't go overboard with New Year celebration (ice trapped)

    12/31/2013 2:09:01 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 31, 2013 | Lincoln Feast and Maggie Lu Yueyang
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - Passengers and crew aboard a Russian ship trapped for eight days in ice off Antarctica planned to ring in the New Year with dinner, drinks and song as they waited for a break in a blizzard to allow a Chinese helicopter to rescue them. But they can't party too hard because the rescue could come at any minute. The Akademik Shokalskiy, trapped since December 24 about 100 nautical miles east of a French Antarctic station, Dumont D'Urville, and about 1,500 nautical miles south of Tasmania, welcomes the New Year at 1100 GMT, two hours ahead of Sydney....
  • Cloud mystery solved: Global temperatures to rise at least 4°C by 2100

    12/31/2013 7:29:24 AM PST · by Abathar · 101 replies
    EurekAlert ^ | 12/31/2013 | Alvin Stone
    Cloud impact on climate sensitivity unveiled Global average temperatures will rise at least 4°C by 2100 and potentially more than 8°C by 2200 if carbon dioxide emissions are not reduced according to new research published in Nature. Scientists found global climate is more sensitive to carbon dioxide than most previous estimates. The research also appears to solve one of the great unknowns of climate sensitivity, the role of cloud formation and whether this will have a positive or negative effect on global warming. “Our research has shown climate models indicating a low temperature response to a doubling of carbon dioxide...
  • U.K Guardian Reporter Aboard Icebound Antarctic Ship Goes Stir Crazy

    12/31/2013 7:51:12 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 84 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | December 31, 2013 | P.J. Gladnick
    The helicopter rescue crew is coming to take me away, ha-haaa! They're coming to take me away, ho-ho, hee-hee, ha-haaa! To the funny farm. Where I can find banana peanut butter milkshakes sprinkled with delicious carbon credits. We thought it was a joke and so we laughed, we laughed when I had said that proving global warming had trapped us in ice and that I'm going MAD!!! And U.K. Guardian reporter Laurence Topham has proclaimed himself going mad (along with his craving for banana peanut butter milkshakes) in this rather morose video diary in which he discovers that that the...
  • Global Warming Researcher Gets Stuck in Ice

    12/31/2013 5:47:53 AM PST · by Innovative · 24 replies
    San Francisco Chronicla ^ | Dec 30, 2013 | Debra Saunders
    A funny thing happened during Australian climate-change professor Chris Turney's venture to retrace a 1912 research expedition in Antarctica and gauge how climate change has affected the continent: Two weeks into a five-week excursion, Turney's good ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy got trapped in ice. It turns out, global warming notwithstanding, that there's so much ice down under that two ice-breaking vessels sent to rescue the research team cannot reach the Australasian Antarctic Expedition. Years ago, global warming believers renamed the phenomenon "climate change" - probably because of pesky details like unusually cold weather undercutting the warming argument. Now, just as...
  • Scientists Trapped In Record (Antarctic) Sea Ice Announce That It Is Disappearing

    12/30/2013 9:48:34 AM PST · by Zakeet · 71 replies
    Live Science ^ | December 29, 2013
    Global Warming Fanatics Trapped In Antarctica Summer Sea Ice Release Statement Saying “Sea Ice Is Disappearing Due To Climate Change”…
  • Antarctica may have a new type of ice - diamonds

    12/29/2013 9:20:36 PM PST · by gooblah · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 18 2013 | Paulin askin
    (Reuters) - A kind of rock that often contains diamonds has been found in Antarctica for the first time, hinting at mineral riches in the vast, icy continent where mining is banned.
  • Severe Antarctic weather slows Australian icebreaker bid to reach stranded ship

    12/29/2013 8:32:10 PM PST · by fso301 · 39 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Dec 29, 2013 10:01pm EST | Maggie Lu Yueyang
    Severe Antarctic weather was slowing an Australian icebreaker's bid to reach a Russian ship trapped in ice since Christmas eve with 74 people onboard, the Australian maritime rescue agency said on Monday. The Aurora Australis was currently about 11 nautical miles from the stranded Russian ship Akademik Shokalskiy, said the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), which is co-ordinating the rescue. "The area is currently experiencing snow showers, resulting in poor visibility. The Aurora Australis is travelling slowly due to the conditions to ensure the safety of all on board," AMSA said in a statement. AMSA had earlier expected the Aurora...
  • Rescue boat can't reach ship in Antarctica

    12/29/2013 6:42:11 AM PST · by Zakeet · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | December 29, 2013 | Holly Yan
    <p>After nearly a week trapped by deep Antarctic ice, the 74 passengers aboard an expedition vessel could soon be freed.</p> <p>But based on the troubles of the last few days, no one's sure exactly when that might happen.</p> <p>An Australian icebreaker ship Aurora Australis is headed toward the Russian-flagged vessel and is expected to arrive around midnight (8 a.m. ET) Sunday, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said.</p>
  • Icebreaker trying to reach trapped ship in Antarctica also stonewalled by ice

    12/28/2013 5:32:24 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 49 replies
    CNN ^ | December 28, 2013 | By Michael Martinez, Holly Yan and CY Xu
    (CNN) -- A Chinese ship trying to reach a trapped expedition vessel in Antarctica has now become hampered by ice itself. The Chinese icebreaker Xue Long, or Snow Dragon, was just six nautical miles away from the Russian-flagged vessel when it became obstructed by heavy ice. Even the icebreaker could not break through the floe, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said Saturday. "We have been waiting for better weather and ice conditions since last night," Zhao Yanping, second captain of the Xue Long, told CNN. "Xue Long is not moving forward but we're not stuck." The Chinese crew was hoping...
  • MSM Glosses Over Irony of Global Warming Scientists Trapped in Antarctic Ice

    12/28/2013 3:57:37 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 37 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | December 28, 2013 | P.J. Gladnick
    Somewhere far, far to the south where it is summer, a group of global warming scientists are trapped in the Antarctic ice. If you missed the irony of that situation, it is because much of the mainstream media has glossed over that rather inconvenient irony. As an example here is an Associated Press story that avoids mentioning the real mission of the scientists aboard the icebound Russian ship: The Snow Dragon icebreaker came within 7 miles (11 kilometers) of the Russian ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy, which has been stuck since Christmas Eve, but had to retreat after the ice became...
  • 100-Year-Old Box of Negatives Discovered by Conservators in Antarctica

    12/27/2013 6:38:42 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 56 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | DEC 27,2013 | DL CADE
    Almost one hundred years after a group of explorers set out across the frozen landscape of Antarctica to set up supply depots for famed explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, a box of 22 never-before-seen exposed but unprocessed negatives taken by the group’s photographer has been unearthed in one of those shacks, preserved in a block of ice.
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The Coldest Place on Earth

    12/11/2013 3:55:50 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 52 replies
    NASA ^ | December 11, 2013 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: How cold can it get on Earth? In the interior of the Antarctica, a record low temperature of -93.2 °C (-135.8 °F) has been recorded. This is about 25 °C (45 °F) colder than the coldest lows noted for any place humans live permanently. The record temperature occurred in 2010 August -- winter in Antarctica -- and was found by scientists sifting through decades of climate data taken by Earth-orbiting satellites. The coldest spots were found near peaks because higher air is generally colder, although specifically in depressions near these peaks because relatively dense cold air settled there and...
  • Fire And Ice - Volcanoes, Not CO2, Melt West Antarctic

    12/10/2013 4:42:46 PM PST · by raptor22 · 25 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 10, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Junk Science: Researchers have discovered a chain of smoldering active volcanoes under the West Antarctic ice sheet — which happens to be the ice sheet that climate hysterics say is proof of man-caused global warming. The 2004 science fiction movie "The Day After Tomorrow" — and the operative word here is "fiction" — opened with a portion of the West Antarctic ice sheet shearing off as a prelude to planetary doom. But if the researchers depicted in the film had looked deep into the widening crevice, they might have noticed a string of active volcanoes lurking under nearly a mile...
  • Cold dis-comfort: Antarctica set record of -135.8

    12/09/2013 5:04:25 PM PST · by Morgana · 74 replies
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Feeling chilly? Here's cold comfort: You could be in East Antarctica which new data says set a record for "soul-crushing" cold. Try 135.8 degrees Fahrenheit below zero; that's 93.2 degrees below zero Celsius, which sounds only slightly toastier. Better yet, don't try it. That's so cold scientists say it hurts to breathe.
  • West Antarctic Ice Melt; Water or Fire?

    12/08/2013 8:09:42 AM PST · by rktman · 20 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/7/2013 | Timothy Birdnow
    Poor Global Warming just can’t catch a break. Planetary temperatures aren’t cooperating, nor is the rate of sea level rise, and now even West Antarctica seems to be gouging James Hansen in the eye.
  • Volcano discovery hints at fire below ice in Antarctica

    11/20/2013 6:03:18 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 32 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 17, 2013 | Geoffrey Mohan
    Seismologists working in a mountainous area of Marie Byrd Land in western Antarctica detected a swarm of low-magnitude earthquakes in 2010 and 2011 similar to those that can precede volcanic eruptions... and the characteristics and depth of the seismic events are consistent with those found in volcanic areas of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, the Pacific Northest, Hawaii and Mt. Pinatubo in the Philippines... The tight focus of the 1,370 tremors and their deep, long-period waves helped researchers rule out ice quakes, glacial motion or tectonic activity as causes. So, too, did their apparent depth: At 15-25 miles beneath the sub-glacial surface,...
  • Antarctic Glacier Has Five-story Blood-red Waterfall of Primordial Ooze

    There is a five-story, blood-red waterfall pouring slowly from the Taylor Glacier in Antarctica's McMurdo Dry Valley. Its back story, at Atlas Obscura, is simply remarkable: Roughly 2 million years ago, the Taylor Glacier sealed beneath it a small body of water which contained an ancient community of microbes. Trapped below a thick layer of ice, they have remained there ever since, isolated inside a natural time capsule. Evolving independently of the rest of the living world, these microbes exist without heat, light, or oxygen, and are essentially the definition of "primordial ooze." The trapped lake has very high salinity...
  • Government Shutdown Closes Antarctica

    10/02/2013 2:52:38 PM PDT · by edwinland · 35 replies
    Free Reupblic ^ | Oct 2, 2013 | Edwin LAnd
    McMurdo Station, Antarctica (AP) -- The Republican's shutdown of the US Federal Government claimed another casualty today when scientists announced that Antarctica will be closed until further notice. Although the US government does not technically own the world's Southernmost land mass, scientists funded by Federal tax dollars have had a presence on the continent for over fifty years. And with the Federal government shut down, that means the base, and all of the land it sits on, must remain closed until a new budget resolution is passed. "It seems harsh," said Dr. Will Moresby, director of McMurdo Station on the...
  • Earth Gains A Record Amount Of Sea Ice In 2013

    09/14/2013 11:40:36 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 24 replies ^ | 9/14/2013 | Marc Morano
    Earth has gained 19,000 Manhattans of sea ice since this date last year, the largest increase on record. There is more sea ice now than there was on this date in 2002.
  • Ice ages: Why North America is key to their coming and going

    08/11/2013 6:07:09 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 39 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | August 7, 2013 | Pete Spotts
    Scientists have long tried to figure out what causes the ebb and flow of ice ages. New data suggests a novel explanation for why the mile-thick blankets of ice retreat so quickly: They become too heavy. For the last 900,000 years, mile-thick ice sheets have waxed and waned in the Northern Hemisphere with remarkable regularity – building over periods of about 100,000 years and retreating in the space of only a few thousand years, only to repeat the cycle. Now, a team of scientists from Japan, the US, and Switzerland suggests that the North American continent is the breeding ground...
  • An Open Question for Geographiliacs: Does Antarctica's 14,000,000 km2 Include the ice Shelves?

    08/10/2013 7:57:52 PM PDT · by Robert A. Cook, PE · 21 replies
    But A Lack of Sources is the Problem | 10 August 2013 | RACookPE1978
    Working on some area and latitude calculations for sea ice. many hundreds of on-line references report that the Antarctic continent is 14,000,000 square kilometers: A nice, convenient even round number. That's obviously always been rounded off as one source copies from everybody, or just never measured accurately. Neither seems correct. the NSIRDC tracks sea ice, and they have explicitly written me that their "Antarctic Sea Ice"totals do NOT include the permanent ice shelves around many areas of that continent. Fine, no problem: and it even makes sense: Why should a federal agency track "permanent sea shelves" when they can get...
  • Ancient Ice Melt Unearthed in Antarctic Mud: 20-Meter Sea Level Rise, Five Million Years Ago

    07/22/2013 4:12:09 PM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 23 replies
    Science Daily ^ | July 21, 2013 | Colin Smith
    Global warming five million years ago may have caused parts of Antarctica's large ice sheets to melt and sea levels to rise by approximately 20 metres, scientists report today in the journal Nature Geoscience. The researchers, from Imperial College London, and their academic partners studied mud samples to learn about ancient melting of the East Antarctic ice sheet. They discovered that melting took place repeatedly between five and three million years ago, during a geological period called Pliocene Epoch, which may have caused sea levels to rise approximately ten metres.
  • A Massive Iceberg Just Broke Off Of Antarctica (The Size of Chicago)

    07/11/2013 9:24:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/11/2013 | Denise Chow
    A massive iceberg, larger than the city of Chicago, broke off of Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier on Monday (July 8), and is now floating freely in the Amundsen Sea, according to a team of German scientists. The newborn iceberg measures about 278 square miles (720 square kilometers), and was seen by TerraSAR-X, an earth-observing satellite operated by the German Space Agency (DLR). Scientists with NASA's Operation IceBridgefirst discovered a giant crack in the Pine Island Glacier in October 2011, as they were flying over and surveying the sprawling ice sheet. At that time, the fissure spanned about 15 miles (24...
  • Antarctic's Pine Island glacier produces giant iceberg

    07/09/2013 5:36:38 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies
    BBC News ^ | 7/9/13 | Jonathan Amos
    Pine Island Glacier (PIG), the longest and fastest flowing glacier in the Antarctic, has spawned a huge iceberg. The block measures about 720 sq km in area - roughly eight times the size of Manhattan Island in New York. Scientists have been waiting for the PIG to calve since October 2011 when they first noticed a spectacular crack spreading across its surface. Confirmation that the fissure had extended the full width of the glacier was obtained on Monday. It was seen by the German TerraSAR-X satellite. This carries a radar instrument that can detect the surface of the ice stream...
  • Ancient Jigsaw Puzzle of Past Supercontinent Revealed

    07/09/2013 2:11:45 PM PDT · by null and void · 45 replies
    Scientific Computing ^ | Fri, 07/05/2013 - 3:28am | Royal Holloway, University of London
    Colored polygons represent different geological units that have been mapped (and inferred) by geologists over many years. These geological units formed before the continents broke apart, so we can use their position to put the "jigsaw pieces" back together again. Many other reconstructions do not use the geological boundaries to match the continental "jigsaw pieces" back together - so they don't align properly. Courtesy of University of Royal Holloway London A new study published in the journal Gondwana Research, has revealed the past position of the Australian, Antarctic and Indian tectonic plates, demonstrating how they formed the supercontinent Gondwana 165...
  • Antarctic Lake Vostok buried under two miles of ice found to teem with life

    07/07/2013 5:51:24 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 45 replies ^ | 3:23PM BST 06 Jul 2013
    Analysis of ice cores obtained from the basin of Lake Vostok, the subglacial lake that Russian scientists drilled down to in 2012, have revealed DNA from an estimated 3,507 organisms. While the majority were found to be bacteria, many of which were new to science, there were also other single celled organisms and multicellular organisms found, including from fungi. The diversity of life from the lake has surprised scientists as many had thought the lake would be sterile due to the extreme conditions. Lake Vostok was first covered by ice more than 15 million years ago and is now buried...