Antarctica is actually an amazingly colorful place

If you thought Antarctica was a shell of frozen white and blue, that a look at these surprisingly colorful pictures by photographer Gaston Lacombe. Taken over a two-month visit to the continent, the white is painted by brushes of algae, penguin poo and krill. He told us how this hue magic happens. » 6/27/14 1:19am 6/27/14 1:19am

The Antarctic Ice Sheet Has Started to Collapse and Nothing Can Stop It

For decades, scientists have feared the collapse of the West Antarctic ice sheet—a vast swath of ice that could unleash a slow but unstoppable 10-foot rise in sea levels if it melted. So here is today's terrible news: we now know the ice sheet is melting. And there's pretty much nothing we can do about it. » 5/12/14 2:00pm 5/12/14 2:00pm

Dedicated Pedestrians Reach South Pole in One Piece

Polar explorers Ben Saunders and Tarka L'Herpiniere of the Scott Expedition have successfully reached the South Pole—on foot. When Gizmodo last saw Saunders, he was here with us in New York City walking us through the expedition's high-tech gear and looking ahead to where he and L'Herpiniere might be before the New… » 12/27/13 7:30am 12/27/13 7:30am

An incredible photo of a colonial base in an alien world called Earth

This otherworldly photo is so amazingly weird and exotic that you may think it comes from a secret colonial base in the Jovian moon of Europa. In reality, it's the Halley VI Research Station in Antarctica as photographed by Antony Dubber, the chef of the British Antarctic Survey. » 12/14/13 1:33pm 12/14/13 1:33pm

Rock Piles, Graves, and Ice Caves Are Historic Monuments in Antarctica

On these frigid days, it helps to think about a place like Antarctica, which was recently determined to be without a doubt the coldest place on Earth (as if anyone was really surprised?). But it's also home to unique historic monuments befitting the treacherous environment that include 100-year-old huts, industrial… » 12/11/13 4:00pm 12/11/13 4:00pm

NASA finds the coldest place on Earth

You're looking at Valkyrie Dome aka Dome Fuji, on the East Antarctic Plateau. Near these dark structures there is a ridge with hollows that can get down to minus 133.6 degrees Fahrenheit—minus 92 degrees Celsius. A team of NASA and US Geological Survey scientists have now officially declared this ridge The Coldest… » 12/09/13 6:28pm 12/09/13 6:28pm