Sir David Attenborough polar research ship set to begin sea trials

Four years in the making, Britain's new £200m polar ship has left the builder's yard for testing.

Oct. 21, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change antarctic arctic david-attenborough british-antarctic-survey liverpool

Esa and Nasa line up satellites to measure Antarctic sea-ice

Aligning polar satellites will enable the first ever reliable maps of Antarctic sea-ice thickness.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
July 7, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: earth-science antarctic nasa arctic space-exploration oceans european-space-agency earth-observation

Mystery egg likely belonged to giant sea reptile, scientists say

The football-like fossil has puzzled scientists since it was found in Antarctica almost a decade ago.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
June 17, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: antarctic dinosaurs fossils reptiles

Antarctic ice sheets capable of retreating up to 50 metres per day

The ice shelves surrounding the Antarctic coastline retreated at speeds of up to 50 metres per day at the end of the last Ice Age, far more rapid than the satellite-derived retreat rates observed today, new research has found.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 28, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change polar-science antarctic-ice-sheet antarctic ocean

Antarctic meteorites yield global bombardment rate

UK scientists provide a new estimate for the amount of space rock falling to Earth each year.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
April 30, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: earth-science geology antarctic space-exploration meteorites asteroids

Will anyone ever find Shackleton's lost ship?

Last year's failed attempt to locate one of the world's great wrecks has lessons for future efforts.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
April 22, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: earth-science antarctic oceans icebergs

Fighting boredom with banjos and Russian grammar – tips from polar explorers for surviving months of isolation

A strong mind was key to surviving the monotony faced by Antarctic explorers enduring the isolation of long, remote winters.

Daniella McCahey, History Lecturer, University of Idaho • conversation
March 30, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  antarctic  antarctica  isolation  ernest-shackleton  south-pole  boredom  explorers

UK meteorite hunt thwarted by equipment damage

Scientists' quest to find Antarctica's "missing" space rocks is beaten into submission by hard ice.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
Jan. 9, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: earth-science geology antarctic meteorites british-antarctic-survey

Antarctica: Metal meteorite quest set to get under way

A UK team arrives in Antarctica to test its theory for why so few iron meteorites are found there.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
Nov. 29, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: earth-science geology antarctic meteorites british-antarctic-survey

Satellites to monitor whale strandings from space

Scientists are developing the techniques to spot mass stranding events from orbit.

By Jonathan Amos • bbcnews
Oct. 17, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: space-exploration whales chile earth-observation british-antarctic-survey

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