The discovery of bacteria in an ice-bound lake bolsters the case that similar life could exist elsewhere in the solar system. But on Earth, the find raises the prospect that Antarctic melting will release greenhouse gases.
When Canadian photographer Gaston Lacombe left to spend two months in Antarctica, he expected to find only icebergs and white-out blizzards. Instead he encountered a wild spectra of hues, including pink, green, and red. “I found a place teeming with life and color,” says Lacombe. “The perception of Antarctica as a white, empty space might…
An Expedition To Understand Our Changing World On December 3, 2013 the Willis Resilience Expedition departs from the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica with two goals: to test the limits of resilience in the face of adversity and to help understand our changing world. Nineteen year old Parker Liautaud will trek 640 kilometres from the […]
The Aurora Australis has been at the centre of Australia's research in Antarctic since the super icebreaker was launched in 1990. Explore the ship by clicking on different levels and rooms in the interactive infographic above. Australia's Antarctic flagship has purpose-built facilities for marine science and oceanographic research and boasts the ability to tackle whatever the South Ocean throws at it - navigating 10-metre seas, ploughing on through winds of up to 150 kilometres an hour and cutting its way through sea ice. The ship can accommodate up to 140 people, meaning that on a six-week voyage its kitchen can go through 4,500 eggs, 1,000 kilograms of potatoes and 280 litres of ice cream.
When researching his new book Stephen Bown found no shortage of material about Roald Amundsen, the eccentric and driven Norwegian explorer who was the first to conquer both the South and North Poles. For months, Bown’s Canmore home was filled with piles of papers that he had photocopied from the New York Times digital archives. Over the first 20 years of the 20th Century, the Gray Lady printed more than 400 stories about Amundsen. If they weren’t writing about his adventures during the so-called “Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration,” they would focus on his lectures, his larger-than-life persona or, eventually, his spectacular 1928 death somewhere in the Barents Sea.