"Nothing but fish nests": Icefish colony with 60 million nests found in Antarctica
Scientists have discovered a massive breeding colony of icefish in Antarctica's southern Weddell Sea.The big picture: Groups of up to 60 icefish nests have been spotted before, but researchers have now found an estimated 60 million active nests, which is believed to be the largest ever seen.Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscribe for freeDetails: Scientists were towing a camera behind their research vessel early last year to survey the seafloornews.yahoo.com
Scientists explore Thwaites, Antarctica's 'doomsday' glacier
A team of scientists are sailing to “the place in the world that’s the hardest to get to” so they can better figure out how much and how fast seas will rise because of global warming eating away at Antarctica’s ice. Thirty-two scientists on Thursday are starting a more than two-month mission aboard an American research ship to investigate the crucial area where the massive but melting Thwaites glacier faces the Amundsen Sea and may eventually lose large amounts of ice because of warm water. The Florida-sized glacier has gotten the nickname the “doomsday glacier” because of how much ice it has and how much seas could rise if it all melts — more than two feet (65 centimeters) over hundreds of years.news.yahoo.com
Antarctica's 'doomsday glacier' is facing threat of imminent collapse, scientists warn
An Antarctic glacier the size of Florida is on the verge of collapse, scientists with the American Geophysical Union warned Monday, a nightmare scenario made worse by climate change that could eventually result in several feet of global sea level rise.news.yahoo.com
Cracks could cause key ice shelf holding back "Doomsday Glacier" to collapse in just 5 years
Scientists have detected new cracks in the key ice shelf that buttresses Antarctica's Thwaites Glacier, indicating that the ice shelf could break apart within the next five years. Why it matters: The destruction of the ice shelf could accelerate the movement of inland ice into the sea, eventually causing sea levels to rise by several feet and endangering coastal communities worldwide, per the Washington Post.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.State of playnews.yahoo.com
Icebreaker leaves Australia after 150 Antarctica trips
HOBART – The giant orange icebreaker Aurora Australis left Australia for the final time on Saturday after more than 150 trips to Antarctica. The 95-meter (312-foot) Aurora Australis was built in Newcastle north of Sydney and launched in September 1989. It undertook its maiden voyage to Heard Island, an external Australian territory in Antarctica, in 1990. “To suddenly have that leaving your life, it leaves a bit of a hole.”Lawrence was aboard the Aurora Australis when it ran aground near Mawson Station in Antarctica during a blizzard in 2016. The Aurora Australis will be replaced by the $398 million RSV Nuyina, named after a Tasmanian Aboriginal word for southern lights.
First US spring flight to Antarctica aims to keep out virus
Staff board a U.S. Air Force C-17 as they prepare to take the season's first flight to McMurdo Station in Antarctica from Christchurch Airport, New Zealand, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. The first U.S. flight into Antarctica following months of winter darkness left from New Zealand Monday with crews extra vigilant about keeping out the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)WELLINGTON – The first U.S. flight into Antarctica following months of winter darkness left from New Zealand on Monday with crews taking extra precautions to keep out the coronavirus. Antarctica is the only continent without the virus, and there is a global effort to make sure incoming scientists and workers don’t bring it with them. The U.S. Air Force flight left from the gateway city of Christchurch carrying 106 passengers and crew, said Tony German, the U.S. Antarctic program's representative in New Zealand.
Antarctica is still free of COVID-19. Can it stay that way?
That world is Antarctica, the only continent without COVID-19. “I’m sure there’s a lot they can tell us that will help us adapt to the new way of things,” Taylor said. As a frightened world was locking down in March, the Antarctic programs agreed the pandemic could become a major disaster. To limit contact between Antarctic workers and flight crew, the plane contains a separate toilet facility mounted on a pallet. As colleagues arrive, Heard will leave Antarctica.