Antarctica

  • Rescued Antarctic passengers resume journey home January 4, 2014

    An Australian icebreaker carrying 52 passengers who were retrieved from an icebound ship in the Antarctic resumed its journey home on Saturday after it was halted for a second potential rescue operation. The Aurora Australis had been slowly cracking through thick ice toward open water after a Chinese ship's helicopter on...
  • All passengers rescued from ship stuck in Antarctic ice January 3, 2014

    A rescue effort to remove 52 passengers on board a research ship that had been trapped in Antarctica ice for nine days was successful, and they were evacuated safely by helicopter, the expedition leader said on Thursday. A helicopter from the Chinese icebreaker Snow Dragon ferried the passengers in small groups...
  • MV Akademik still stuck in Antartica, commuters to be airlifted January 1, 2014

    A Russian ship with 74 researchers and crew members has been stranded near Antarctica for nearly a week. Many rescue missions have failed. Now the authorities are trying to get to the commuters on board the MV Akademik Shokalskiy by air. ...
  • Trapped ship passengers to celebrate New Year in Antarctic ice December 31, 2013

    Fog and heavy snow mean passengers on a Russian ship stranded in Antarctica for over a week are likely to ring in the New Year trapped in the ice, as a rescue helicopter on a nearby Chinese ship waits for the weather to clear. The helicopter on board the Snow Dragon...
  • Cracking ice bodes well for Antarctica ship rescue December 30, 2013

    Ice that has trapped a Russian ship with 74 people on board in Antarctica appeared to be cracking up on Sunday, raising hopes for a rescue as a powerful Australian icebreaker approached the stranded vessel. The ice-bound ship, the Akademik Shokalskiy, left New Zealand on November 28 on a privately funded...
  • Earth records 'soul crushing' temperature of minus 94.7 Celsius in Antarctica December 10, 2013

    Newly analysed data from East Antarctica say the remote region has set a record for soul-crushing cold. The record is minus 94.7 Celsius (135.8 degrees Fahrenheit). A new look at NASA satellite data revealed that Earth set a new record for coldest temperature recorded. It happened in August 2010 when it...
  • Prince Harry gears up for Antarctica trek November 23, 2013

    Britain's Prince Harry has praised the courage of wounded servicemen and women who are gearing up for a race across Antarctica to the South Pole. Harry will join a team of four injured British soldiers in the 200-mile (320-kilometer) Walking With the Wounded charity trek. Three days ahead of the team's departure...
  • Antarctic summer ice melting ten times faster April 15, 2013

    London: Antarctic summer ice melt is now occurring 10 times faster than it did 600 years ago, with ice loss speeding up the most since mid 20th Century, new research has warned. The 1000-year Antarctic Peninsula climate reconstruction published in the journal Nature Geoscience, shows that summer ice melting has...
  • Google adds more Antarctica imagery to Street View July 19, 2012

    California: Google's online mapping service is incorporating additional images from Antarctica. The new images include flags marking the South Pole and the interiors of the supply cabins built for Ernest Shackleton's and Robert Scott's expeditions early in the 20th century. They are part of Google's Street View program, which offers ground-level,...
  • 15 distinct regions identified in Antarctica June 15, 2012

    Sydney: Scientists have identified 15 distinct regions of Antarctica and its near-shore islands, based on the geography, geology, climate, flora and fauna of the ice-free areas, including the biologically distinct Antarctic Conservation Biogeographic Regions. Australian Antarctic Division terrestrial biologist Aleks Terauds, who led the study, said this is the first time...
  • UK Woman begins solo Antarctic crossing on skis November 26, 2011

    Caracas: A 33-year-old British adventurer set out on skis on Friday to attempt a historic solo crossing of Antarctica. Felicity Aston aims to become the first woman to make it across the frozen continent alone. She expects the journey of more than 1,000 miles (1,700 kilometers) will take about 70 days. She...
  • Chile volcano ash grounds Australia, NZ flights June 12, 2011

    Wellington: Thousands of passengers in Australia and New Zealand were affected when airlines suspended flights on Sunday as an ash cloud from an erupting volcano in southern Chile spread, threatening to damage engines. Australia's national carrier, Qantas Airways, said all the airline's flights in and out of the southeastern city of...
  • Rare iceberg spotted off island south of Australia November 13, 2009

    Sydney: A large iceberg was spotted off an island about halfway between Antarctica and Australia, a rare sight in waters so far north, Australian scientists said on Friday. Australian Antarctic Division researchers working on Macquarie Island, about 1,500 kilometres southeast of Tasmania, first saw the iceberg last Thursday about 8 kilometres...
  • Week one: CJ's video diary from Antarctica June 24, 2009

    A Citizen Journalist Kartikeya Singh sends a video diary from Antarctica....
  • Massive ice shelf collapsing off Antarctica March 27, 2008

    New Delhi: Global warming now has a big casualty. A large chunk of Antarctica's Wilkins Ice Shelf has begun to collapse in what scientists say is further evidence of the toll climate change is taking on the frozen continent. Satellite images show a large iceberg began breaking away from the ice...
  • Antarctica antics: Groping Santa, bloody brawls January 9, 2008

    Wellington: Late as it may sound but this Christmas, a groping Santa, a drunken car chase and a bloody punchout were the highlights of festivities in Antarctica. Complaints of "inappropriate touching" were made against a Santa who had posed for photographs on a decorated snowmobile at the US McMurdo station,...
  • Antarctic ice sheet is thinning June 19, 2007

    Houston: A Texas-sized piece of the Antarctic ice sheet is thinning, possibly due to global warming, and could cause the world's oceans to rise significantly, polar ice experts said on Wednesday. They said "surprisingly rapid changes" were occurring in Antarctica's Amundsen Sea Embayment, which faces the southern Pacific Ocean, but that...
  • Ice melting seeding up in Antarctica June 18, 2007

    Hobart (Tasmania): Rising sea levels and melting polar ice-sheets are at upper limits of projections, leaving some human population centers already unable to cope, top world scientists say as they analyse latest satellite data. A United Nations report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in February projected sea level...
  • Secret life found in Antarctica's ice June 18, 2007

    New Delhi: Antarctica, the coldest, driest, and windiest continent—that remains a mystery for scientists and voyagers revealed one the most intriguing secrets when a group of voyagers found some mystical creatures beneath the meting ice. Scientists found 19 new marine species, while they were exploring the untouched Antarctic waters. Orange...
  • Tides speed up Antarctica ice slide December 21, 2006

    Oslo: Tides affect the speed at which an Antarctic ice sheet bigger than the Netherlands is sliding toward the sea, adding a surprise piece to a puzzle about ocean levels and global warming, a study showed on Wednesday. The Rutford Ice Stream of western Antarctica slips about a meter (three...