Here's What Could Happen If Antarctica's Ice Is Melting From Below

File this under, "Welp, this is worse than we thought." A study published in Nature Geoscience finds that warm seawater is likely getting under an East Antarctica glacier and melting it from below. If the glacier's ice shelf melts, runway melting could cause another 11 feet of sea-level rise—that's on top of… » 3/17/15 8:20pm 3/17/15 8:20pm

Our Chemicals Are Falling On Remote Parts of Antarctica In Snow

You probably haven't heard of "cyclic volatile methylsiloxanes," but you've almost certainly rubbed them into your skin. They're widely used in lotions and cosmetics to create that smooth, satisfying feel. And now scientists are finding—to their surprise—these chemicals in remote parts of Antarctica. » 2/26/15 5:00pm 2/26/15 5:00pm

A Mammoth Ice Breaker Frees a Ship Trapped In the Frozen Ocean

Despite all our advanced shipbuilding and navigation tech, sailing through Arctic or Antarctic waters can still treacherous—as an Australian fishing boat discovered after it got stuck in in the ice this week. Today, the US Coastal Guard's icebreaker, Polar Star, came to the rescue. » 2/14/15 7:42pm 2/14/15 7:42pm

This Is The Fish Researchers Found Living Underneath 2,400 Feet Of Ice

After drilling down through almost half a mile in solid ice on a glacial shelf in Antarctica, scientists found something surprising. There was something alive swimming in the just over 30 feet of water: this strange, clear fish. » 1/23/15 8:41pm 1/23/15 8:41pm

How I Shot an Upside-Down Glacier in Antarctica

I travelled to Antarctica in December on vacation with my family. I brought along my camera rig to shoot the glaciers, ice and penguins. We saw thousands of icebergs of course, but only one revealed its gorgeous underside — the 90% "below the surface" you hear so much about. » 1/15/15 5:47pm 1/15/15 5:47pm

The Mountains of Antarctica, Hidden Under 40,000 Years of Ice

Under its flat icy expanses, Antarctica is, like any other continent on Earth, wrinkled with mountains, ridges, and valleys. But only with radar can we penetrate through 40,000 years of accumulated ice and see the craggy landscape hidden below. » 1/06/15 2:30pm 1/06/15 2:30pm

NASA's Most Ambitious Scientific Balloon Collapsed After Two Days Aloft

Welp, this is disastrous. A giant, state-of-art balloon carrying a telescope to detect gamma rays invisible to human eyes was supposed to fly over Antarctica for 100 days—NASA's longest and most ambitious scientific balloon mission ever. Instead, the balloon sprung a leak almost immediately, taking down the entire… » 12/31/14 4:30pm 12/31/14 4:30pm

Researchers Use GPS to Track Antarctica's Ice Migration in Real Time

Antarctica's melting ice sheets have been a major contributor to global sea level increases over the last decade, and the losses are expected to accelerate over the next two centuries. But researchers attempting to study the rate at which these sheets move and melt have been hamstrung by conventional monitoring… » 12/31/14 2:00pm 12/31/14 2:00pm

Comet Dust Has Been Hiding Out in Antarctica This Whole Time  

Last month, the European Space Agency landed on a comet 300 million miles away to take samples that could help unravel our solar system's origins. It turns out there are pieces of comets closer to home, too. Scientists have just found comet dust preserved in the frozen reaches of Antarctica. » 12/08/14 2:32pm 12/08/14 2:32pm

Antarctica Isn't All White

Who said there's no color at the poles? The crew of the HMS Protector visiting Port Lockroy, Antarctica surely didn't—because this shot is far from white. » 12/05/14 6:45am 12/05/14 6:45am

The Arctic is losing 300 percent more ice than the Antarctic's gaining

A common argument made by climate change deniers is the fact that the antarctic ice shelf hit a record high earlier this year. But that argument doesn't hold water (so to speak). » 10/10/14 10:43am 10/10/14 10:43am

Antarctica Is Losing So Much Ice It's Throwing Off Earth's Gravity

Rising sea levels inundating coastal cities are the least of our global warming problems. According to a new report by the European Space Agency, the loss of snowpack along the antarctic ice shelf is throwing off Earth's gravitational field. Yeah, pretty sure that's bad. » 9/30/14 4:35pm 9/30/14 4:35pm

The 5 Most Impressive Infrastructure Projects of the Year

Each year, the American Society of Civil Engineers gives out an award to celebrate the sheer size and complexity and awesomeness of infrastructure projects built by Americans. From an Antarctic research station on hydraulic stilts to an flyover railroad crossing, this year's five finalists are truly remarkable. » 8/07/14 9:00am 8/07/14 9:00am

The Power Went Out At This Antarctic Research Station While It Was -67F

It's been a very, very cold winter in Antarctica, with scientists reporting record lows all over the continent. Which makes the fact that researchers living on the Brunt Ice Shelf lost power for 19 hours even scarier. Today, the British Antarctic Survey announced it's halting all science until the situation gets… » 8/06/14 6:15pm 8/06/14 6:15pm

The Bone-Chilling Freezer Where 10 Miles of Ancient Ice Are Kept

Since 1993 the USGS has been extracting ice cores from glaciated regions of the world and storing them for research. Scientists keep them in a gigantic walk-in freezer—the National Ice Core Laboratory—located just outside Denver. It's so freaking cool. » 7/14/14 2:48pm 7/14/14 2:48pm

Let Werner Herzog Remind You That Life Exists Outside of Your Screen

Most of us sit at computers all day, weaving elaborate yarns about the jobs we would do if we weren't: Storm chaser. Mountain climber. Deep sea diver. And then there are the people who actually do those things, like the 1,000-odd people who live and work in Antarctica. » 7/09/14 8:00pm 7/09/14 8:00pm

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

Look at Where Antarctica Is Losing Ice Faster Than Ever

This image might look pretty, but it holds a glum message: it shows that the Antarctic ice sheet is now losing 159 billion tonnes of ice each year. » 5/21/14 7:00am 5/21/14 7:00am

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

Scientists Revive Moss That Was Encased In Ice For 1,500 Years

Cryonics enthusiasts will be pleased to hear that scientists have demonstrated the ability to revive frozen life not just after a couple years or even a couple of decades. They can bring something back to life that's been frozen for fifteen centuries. The previous record was just 20 years. » 3/17/14 3:00pm 3/17/14 3:00pm