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Station Updates: April 6, 2020
Occasional updates on the events and operations at McMurdo, South Pole, and Palmer stations.

Mon, 06 Apr 2020 14:20:20 GMT

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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Aymar de Lichtervelde on Improving PEA’s Water Production and Treatment Systems
Aymar de Lichtervelde, a process engineer who is in charge of the water treatment system of the Princess Elisabeth Antarctica (PEA) Research Station, spent 21 days in Antarctica with the BELARE team during the 2020 - 2021 season. While only in Antarctica a short time, he was able to make a lot of progress in his continuing mission to improve the water production and treatment systems at the station.

Fri, 15 Jan 2021 10:49:00 +0100

Armin Sigmund: First Impressions of Antarctica
Armin Sigmund is a PhD student conducting research at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). During the 2020-2021 research season, Armin travelled to Antarctica to help maintain and upgrade several instruments for a long-term project EPFL is managing in the vicinity of the Princess Elisabeth Antarctica Station. Upon his return to Europe, he recounted the highlights of his first journey to Antarctica.

Fri, 08 Jan 2021 05:18:00 +0100

A New Year at the Princess Elisabeth Antarctica
With most parts of the world experiencing some sort of lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, New Year’s celebrations have been, for the most part, relatively small and rather calm affairs. With only 15 people at the Princess Elisabeth Antarctica, New Year’s was small compared to previous years. Yet the crew still was able to have a festive evening.

Wed, 06 Jan 2021 10:49:00 +0100

Celebrating Christmas and the Team’s Achievements
Christmas 2020 has already come and gone at the Princess Elisabeth Antarctica.

Mon, 28 Dec 2020 16:35:00 +0100

First Team Changeover for the Season
It’s amazing how time flies when you are in Antarctica, away from the pandemic crisis, and focusing on the mission. The BELARE team has been at the Princess Elisabeth Antarctica for three weeks now, and we’ve already seen the first team members and scientists leave.

Fri, 18 Dec 2020 09:51:00 +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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Una cita de cinco semanas en un barco por la Antártida
Cuando abordé el barco hacia esa gélida región, supe que corría el riesgo de que no fuéramos compatibles. Pero me arriesgué.

Sun, 10 Jan 2021 14:00:03 +0000

Modern Love: My Five-Week-Long First Date
Once I joined him on that ship for the Antarctic, there was no turning back.

Fri, 01 Jan 2021 05:00:06 +0000

Iceberg Headed for Sub-Antarctic Island Could Threaten Wildlife
The iceberg, known as A68a, broke apart from the Antarctic Peninsula in 2017 and has been drifting ever since.

Sat, 07 Nov 2020 10:30:09 +0000

Melting Ice Reveals Mummified Penguins in Antarctica
Birds that appeared “freshly dead” near an Italian research base turned out to be centuries old.

Wed, 30 Sep 2020 20:36:09 +0000

Este vuelo no va a ninguna parte… y está agotado
Hay quienes extrañan tanto la experiencia de volar que compran billetes de avión para vuelos que aterrizan en el mismo lugar de donde salieron apenas unas horas antes.

Fri, 25 Sep 2020 15:08:45 +0000
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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Penguins benefit from extended maritime zone

Gentoo penguins are benefiting from a newly enlarged no-fishing zone (known as a No-Take Zone NTZ) around the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia following British Antarctic Survey (BAS) tracking research …

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Fri, 15 Jan 2021 16:22:07 +0000

Opportunities for Antarctic research – Apply now

Aerial view of Marguerite Bay.Applications to carry out small-scale research projects in the Antarctic in the 2021/22 season are invited from UK-based researchers. The Collaborative Antarctic Science Scheme (CASS) provides fieldwork opportunities for scientists …

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Wed, 13 Jan 2021 10:53:41 +0000

Construction starts at UK’s largest Antarctic research hub  

Discovery Building at Rothera Research StationThe next stage of building a scientific support facility in Antarctica begins this week [11 January 2020]. To avoid the risk of introducing COVID-19 to British Antarctic Survey’s (BAS) Rothera …

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Mon, 11 Jan 2021 13:00:45 +0000

Expedition to map biodiversity in Atlantic deep sea

A close up of an animal.A British Antarctic Survey (BAS) scientist departs Germany today (8 January 2021) onboard the research vessel SONNE  to study the diversity of marine organisms in the Atlantic deep sea. Dr …

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Fri, 08 Jan 2021 16:37:25 +0000

BAS field season underway

RRS James Clark Ross at South GeorgiaThe BAS field season is underway. Since the RRS James Clark Ross departed the UK in November last year, it has safely delivered summer and wintering staff and essential cargo …

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Fri, 08 Jan 2021 10:55:52 +0000