Norwegian sailor Oyvind Tangen has managed to take some beautiful pictures of striped icebergs whilst on board a research ship 660 miles north of Antarctica.
According to the article: "When an iceberg falls into the sea, a layer of salty seawater can freeze to the underside. If this is rich in algae, it can form a green stripe.
Brown, black and yellow lines are caused by sediment, picked up when the ice sheet grinds downhill towards the sea."
Click here for the story and more pictures from the Daily Mail.
With so many stories in the news these days about China's peaceful rise this century, it was interesting to come across this article the other day. China is building a background atmosphere observation station at its Zhongshan base in Antarctica.
According to the People's Daily Online
"Researchers at Zhongshan station will be able to observe surface ozone and gases like carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides, as well as black carbon aerosol."
Zhongshan was built in 1989 and makes year round observations focussing on meteorology, the ionosphere, upper atmosphere physics, geomagnetism and seismology. During the Antarctic summer seasons, in-situ scientific investigations are also made on geology, biology, meteorology, glaciology, polar physics, environmental science, human medicine and marine science.
Click here for the story from the People's Daily Online.
You can find out more about Zhongshan base and what it does by clicking here Chinese Arctic and Antarctic Administration (CAA).
It ocurred to us the other day that we haven't posted a story about penguins yet. So here is one from a WWF report which came out recently that shows that melting sea ice and over-fishing have triggered a 50% decline in the population of Emperor penguins in the last 50 years.
Emily Lewis Brown of the WWF notes: "As the ice melts, these icons of the Antarctic will have to face an extremely tough battle to survive. One of the coldest environments in the world is actually seeing some of the fastest rates of global warming, and unless action is taken to reduce global CO2 emissions, the future of many Antarctic species looks bleak."
Here is a link to the story as covered on the msn website
The article from Wired magazine is a little old, but we think that it's still pretty relevant.
A team of NASA-sponsored meteorite hunters came across the 1.5-pound black rock last December while scouring for meteorites in the Transantarctic Mountains, about 466 miles from the South Pole.
A subsequent analysis by the Smithsonian Institution revealed that the rock's mineralogy and texture are "unmistakably Martian," according to a statement released April 2004 by NASA
Scientists recently identified the giant dino more than a decade after its fossilized foot, ankle, and leg bones were first discovered some 13,000 feet (4,000 meters) up the face of Mount Kirkpatrick.
Tipping the scales at six tons and measuring some 25 feet (7.6 meters) long, Glacialisaurus belonged to a group of dinos called sauropodomorphs that were the largest to have ever walked the Earth, scientists say. Click here for the full story.
It's worth pointing out that this isn't the first dinosaur discovery, in 2004 a jurassic plant eater and a crecetaceous meat eater were also discovered. Click here to read more about this earlier discovery.
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