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Station Updates: January 21, 2020
Occasional updates on the events and operations at McMurdo, South Pole, and Palmer stations.

Tue, 21 Jan 2020 11:41:21 GMT


Comics
Take a walk on the lighter side of life in the Antarctic with the latest wit and wisdom from USAP participants on the Ice.

Thu, 11 Dec 2014 12:55:14 GMT


Vessels Update: Friday, November 9, 2012
The latest news aboard the USAP research vessels.

Fri, 09 Nov 2012 10:00:00 GMT


Cold Hard Facts
There's more to know about Antarctica than it being the coldest, windiest, highest and harshest continent on Earth.

Mon, 11 May 2009 10:00:00 GMT
Antarctica. SJ Dodgson. MJoTA 2013 v7n2 p1213

Antarctica is cold, colder than South Jersey, colder than Manhattan, colder than the Russian Front that did in Napoleon and Hitler. It is also dry as a desert and almost nothing grows there.

It is also the continent of miracles. Twice as big as Australia, 
the only continent where the international community has agreed to behave itself. Not carve it up, not mine it. How I wish this had been the policy in the continent of Africa.

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New Teams of Scientists Get to Work in Second Half of Season
The scientific teams scheduled to conduct research during the second half of the 2019-2020 season arrived at the Princess Elisabeth Antarctica on Msday January 13th, and were welcomed to a station in full swing. After following the usually necessary first aid and safety training required of all newcomers to the Princess Elisabeth Antarctica, researchers from the BioFe, BELAM, and MICROBIAN projects got to work on their respective research objectives for the season.

Thu, 23 Jan 2020 16:52:00 +0100


Wireless Relay Installation Creates Cost-Effective Communication Link
A long range wireless link has been established connecting the Princess Elisabeth Antarctica Research Station to the new Perseus Intercontinental Airstrip - and it runs on renewable solar power!

Tue, 14 Jan 2020 21:01:00 +0100


First Wave of Scientists Return Home from First Field Campaigns of the Season
It’s the end of the year, and already the first teams of scientists for the 2019-2020 season have come and gone.

Tue, 31 Dec 2019 18:45:00 +0100


Celebrating Christmas at Princess Elisabeth Antarctica
The two cooks whose job it is to feed the hungry BELARE team - Christine and Guillaume - offered a glimpse into Christmas traditions and preparations for Christmas Eve Dinner at the Princess Elisabeth Antarctica.

Tue, 24 Dec 2019 22:02:00 +0100


A New Garage for the Princess Elisabeth Antarctica
Already several weeks into the new season, the old garage on the north side of the station is in the process of being torn down while the anchor points for its replacement are being installed.

Fri, 20 Dec 2019 23:49:00 +0100
Ice melting in Antarctica. SJ Dodgson MJoTA 2015 v9n1 p0401

Antarctic ice is melting bit by bit. So is Arctic ice. The snow on Mount Kilimanjaro is almost gone. Climate change is happening, and everywhere governments are scrambling to slow the damage to their countries caused by rising seas.

Around my town, but not in my town, South Jersey street lights are powered by solar panels. On the train to Manhattan I see solar panel farms. Stockton College has solar panels over parking lots. On an occasional roof, I see solar panels. The collective approach to accessing energy from renewable sources is popping up like crocuses in spring, but until South Jersey has a collective and personal approach, we will continue to dump greenhouse gases into the air so it can float up to the upper atmosphere and sit there.

Personally, I am growing my own food, I consume no animal products, I ride trains and walk whenever possible. A silly health problem has ended my ability to ride a bicycle, otherwise I would be riding everywhere possible, as does my adult son who lives with me. I would change my power source entirely to solar if it was not prohibitively expensive; I am relying on power agencies to switch to renewable energy to supply my house.

Builders need to be made accountable in South Jersey and everywhere, but in a sensible manner. I have read of governments requiring all buildings to be covered in solar panels or plants or both. When we lived in caves, we had plenty of plant growth around us, and the jungle takes back its land when buildings are neglected. I have seen trees growing out of buildings in New Jersey, and in Puerto Rico. Growing plants on buildings can only work if the builder, and the future inhabitant, really knows what they are doing. I managed to destroy part of my house by growing flowers and tomatoes on a balcony.

It is all about drainage, which is why we have rising seas in the first place. When ice melts, it has nowhere else to go. When we burn fossil fuels, or trash, or anything, we release carbon dioxide. And it has nowhere else to go other than up.

This map uses an orthographic projection, near-polar aspect. The South Pole is near the center, where longitudinal lines converge.
Map, information from Wikipedia

Antarctica, on average, is the coldest, driest, and windiest continent, and is on average the highest of all continents. Antarctica is a desert with annual precipitation of 8 inches along the coast and far less inland. The temperature in Antarctica has reached −89 °C (−129 °F).
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La arquitectura más atractiva del planeta está en la Antártida
¿Quién dijo que una base de investigación polar tenía que ser fea? Los diseñadores están repensando la construcción en el entorno más hostil del mundo.

Wed, 08 Jan 2020 00:00:10 GMT


The Coolest Architecture on Earth Is in Antarctica
Who said a polar research base had to be ugly? Gradually, designers are rethinking how to build for the world’s harshest environment.

Mon, 06 Jan 2020 10:00:31 GMT


This Robot’s Journey to an Icy Alien Moon Starts Beneath Antarctica
NASA scientists completed field tests in November of a floating rover they hope will one day travel to Europa, the frozen ocean moon of Jupiter.

Sun, 05 Jan 2020 10:00:12 GMT


New Cruise Ships to Set Sail for Antarctica
Interested in the southernmost continent? Here’s a roundup of some of the new ships and itineraries planned for the bucket-list destination.

Wed, 01 Jan 2020 10:00:15 GMT


Chile Plane Bound for Antarctica Goes Missing With 38 Aboard
The plane was on a maintenance mission to a Chilean base on Antarctica when it lost radio contact, the Chilean Air Force said.

Tue, 10 Dec 2019 03:55:50 GMT
Stuck in pack ice in Antarctica. SJ Dodgson 2013 MJoTA v7n2 p1230

A Russian ship carrying 22 crew members and 53 scientists and tourists has been stuck in ice in Antarctica since Dec 24, 2013, Ice-breaker ships have tried to free it unsuccessfully, now, Dec 30, we are hearing that the passengers are to be helicoptered out to a Chinese ice-breaker, and the crew are staying with the ship. Meanwhile, those on board are posting videos, a lot of videos, and these all are cheerful and explaining that they are having a great time. Wow!
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Polar Medals awarded to BAS Staff
Two British Antarctic Survey (BAS) staff have been awarded the Polar Medal, and one member of staff has been awarded a prestigious Second Clasp. The announcement was published in the …

Wed, 22 Jan 2020 17:25:32 +0000


Arctic under spotlight at World Economic Forum
A team of Arctic scientists – including British Antarctic Survey (BAS) climate scientist Dr Jeremy Wilkinson – are hosting their fourth Arctic Basecamp in Davos this week (20-24 January) at …

Mon, 20 Jan 2020 14:52:22 +0000


Cloud study aids climate predictions
British Antarctic Survey’s Twin Otter aircraft takes to the skies over Barbados as part of a major international research campaign to enhance understanding of the behaviour of clouds and their …

Fri, 17 Jan 2020 14:06:45 +0000


Ramboll re-awarded Technical Advisor role
Engineering, design and consultancy company Ramboll has been re-appointed as Technical Advisors for British Antarctic Survey (BAS), successfully winning the next phase of work in a series of projects to …

Thu, 16 Jan 2020 11:02:10 +0000


RRS Sir David Attenborough latest milestones
shipBIRKENHEAD. The RRS Sir David Attenborough achieved two important milestones at Cammell Laird’s shipyard this month with the commissioning and testing of lifeboats and power systems. The ship is in …

Thu, 16 Jan 2020 10:47:27 +0000