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The World’s Largest Ice Sheets are Melting at an Unprecedented Rate

The World’s Largest Ice Sheets are Melting at an Unprecedented Rate

A recent report brings more bad news for the future of the human race on Earth, as the world’s two largest ice sheets are melting faster than ever before. On Wednesday the Alfred Wegener Institute in

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Zaha Hadid and Leading Architects Design Antarctica’s First Pavilion for 2014 Venice Biennial

Zaha Hadid and Leading Architects Design Antarctica’s First Pavilion for 2014 Venice Biennial

Commissioned by Alexander Ponomarev and curated by Nadim Samman, Antarctopia will offer a glimpse into Antarctica's unknown wilderness, its provisional architecture, and the surprising culture and

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What You Should Know About the West Antarctic Glacier Collapse

What You Should Know About the West Antarctic Glacier Collapse

A section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet has melted to a point of no return, according to a new study released by researchers from NASA and the University of California, Irvine. Warmer sea temperatures

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Science Photographer Jean de Pomereu Takes Beautifully Desolate Photos of Antarctica

Science Photographer Jean de Pomereu Takes Beautifully Desolate Photos of Antarctica

The icy wilds have fascinated Jean de Pomereu for years, but in November 2008 he visited the immense white continent for the fourth International Polar Year. Embarked on the icebreaker Xue Long, he was

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ESA Space Recycling System Converts Urine into Water for Moroccan University

ESA Space Recycling System Converts Urine into Water for Moroccan University

Water recycling systems are generally used in remote locations, such as on board the International Space Station and Antarctica-based research bases. But a similiar system, which turn urine into drinking

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Melting East Antarctic Ice Sheet Could Raise Sea Levels For Thousands Of Years

Melting East Antarctic Ice Sheet Could Raise Sea Levels For Thousands Of Years

A new study from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research reveals that a melting East Antarctic ice sheet could result in unstoppable sea-level rise for thousands of years. The report published

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Scientists Discover Four New Ozone-Damaging Chemicals in the Atmosphere

Scientists Discover Four New Ozone-Damaging Chemicals in the Atmosphere

Since the famous Montreal Protocol banning CFC's and HCFC's was signed in 1987, the public seems to have largely forgotten about the hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica. However scientists from the

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Global Warming Traps Heat in the Deepest Regions of the Antarctic Ocean

Global Warming Traps Heat in the Deepest Regions of the Antarctic Ocean

 Photo © Shutterstock  Back in 1974, scientists used early satellite images to investigate a mysterious, ice-free region in the Antarctic sea called a polynya. Originally, researchers were perplexed

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Antarctica’s Mighty Pine Island Glacier has Reached an Irreversible Melting Point

Antarctica’s Mighty Pine Island Glacier has Reached an Irreversible Melting Point

An international team of scientists has concluded that Antarctica's mighty Pine Island Glacier has likely reached a tipping point in which the melting is irreversible even if global warming is reversed.

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Halley VI: The World’s First Modular Research Station in Antarctica Can Climb Through Snow

Halley VI: The World’s First Modular Research Station in Antarctica Can Climb Through Snow

Halley Research Stations, run by the British Antarctic Survey, are dedicated to exploring the Earth's atmosphere. The data collected at Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica, where the stations are located, has

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New York City-Sized Iceberg Breaks Free of Antarctica, Could Threaten International Shipping Lanes

New York City-Sized Iceberg Breaks Free of Antarctica, Could Threaten International Shipping Lanes

Earlier this week a 70,000-hectare iceberg broke free of Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier and floated adrift in the Southern Ocean. Depending on which direction the New York City-sized iceberg travels,

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Ancient Antarctic Ice Could Reveal Clues to Earth’s Climate 1.5 Million Years Ago

Ancient Antarctic Ice Could Reveal Clues to Earth’s Climate 1.5 Million Years Ago

 Image © Shutterstock Swiss scientists from the University of Bern are hoping that a 3 km long cross-section of Antarctic ice could reveal new information about climate change throughout the

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Study Shows the Antarctic Ozone Hole is Contributing to Global Warming

Study Shows the Antarctic Ozone Hole is Contributing to Global Warming

Climate scientists at Columbia University in New York have discovered that the hole in the Earth’s ozone layer may be contributing to global warming by altering wind patterns and cloud cover in the

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Iceberg Eight Times the Size of Manhattan Breaks Off From Antarctica

Iceberg Eight Times the Size of Manhattan Breaks Off From Antarctica

Some truly chilling news came from Antarctica this week as an iceberg eight times the size of Manhattan broke off from the continent. In October 2011, NASA  scientists noticed that a crack was forming in

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Carnival-Goers in Brazil Exchange Empty Beer Cans for a Free Train Ride Home

Carnival-Goers in Brazil Exchange Empty Beer Cans for a Free Train Ride Home

Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is one of the world's largest public celebrations, featuring nearly 2 million costumed party goers, an extravagant parade, and of course, lots of alcohol consumption. The

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Antarctica’s Taylor Glacier Appears to Be Bleeding with a Five-Story Crimson Waterfall

Antarctica’s Taylor Glacier Appears to Be Bleeding with a Five-Story Crimson Waterfall

There are some phenomena in nature that inspire tears of joy, some that spark a sense of awe, and then there are those that send chills up your spine. The Taylor Glacier in Antarctica, which was

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British Bedmap2 Study Reveals Antarctica Beneath the Ice

British Bedmap2 Study Reveals Antarctica Beneath the Ice

If you’ve ever wondered what lurks beneath the expansive glaciers covering Antarctica, wonder no more. The British Antarctic Survey has created a topographic rendering of the continent, outlining every

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China’s Autonomous Antarctic Polar Rover Powered by UGE’s HoYi! Wind Turbine

China’s Autonomous Antarctic Polar Rover Powered by UGE’s HoYi! Wind Turbine

Beijing’s Aeronautics and Astronautics University just launched their “Polar Rover,” an autonomous research vessel that is exploring the effects of global warming on Antarctica. The 300

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Camera-Wearing Elephant Seals Aid Antarctic Climate Change Study

Camera-Wearing Elephant Seals Aid Antarctic Climate Change Study

Photo from Shutterstock Scientists studying climate change in the Antarctic recruited some unlikely allies for their research. The Antarctic Climate & Ecosystem CRC in Tasmania recently equipped

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Large Ice Cracks Could Be Speeding Up the Melting of Antartica

Large Ice Cracks Could Be Speeding Up the Melting of Antartica

A new report has revealed that massive fractures in the ice shelves of West Antarctica are threatening to increase the rate at which they are melting. The study, which has looked at 40 years of satellite

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India’s Bharathi Antarctic Research Station is Made From 134 Prefab Containers

India’s Bharathi Antarctic Research Station is Made From 134 Prefab Containers

Any building destined for Antarctica's frigid frontier has to be really tough so Bof Architekten built India's massive Bharathi Research Station out of 134 rugged, prefab containers. Restricted by extreme

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Autonomous Ocean Robot to Unlock Secrets of Antarctica

Autonomous Ocean Robot to Unlock Secrets of Antarctica

Autonomous robots may be able to tell us just how bad the melting ice situation is in Antarctica and other hard-to-reach locations. Gavia, a bullet-shaped robot developed by the University of British

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Zero-Emission Research Station in Antarctica

Zero-Emission Research Station in Antarctica

If there is one place on our planet that can be said to be relatively free from human impact, that would probably be the Antarctic continent. With this in mind, the government of Belgium commissioned the

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