Ice Cube

Stephen Harding flies with the RNZAF’s Antarctic shuttle between Christchurch and the Ross Sea ice shelf near the US McMurdo research station.

ANTARCTICA — few places in the world are as challenging for aviators and their aircraft, or as unforgiving. The vast southern continent’s geographic isolation, unpredictable weather, rugged terrain, and primitive support facilities, can quickly overwhelm all but the most capable aircrews, and the list of those who have successfully surmounted its many obstacles is an understandably short one.

Not surprisingly, the Royal New Zealand Air Force holds a prominent place on that select roster. The RNZAF first brought

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Scientists have resumed drilling to Lake Vostok in Antarctica

Russian experts, leading to the drilling of the well subglacial lake Vostok in Antarctica, have resumed work, told RIA Novosti the head of the press service of the Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute of Hydromet (AARI) Sergei Lesenkov.

Scientists have resumed drilling to Lake Vostok in Antarctica

"Drilling has resumed after a short break for necessary maintenance work. We can not yet predict exactly when to leave the ice-water boundary, as there are several methods for the determination of the border, and they have all the precision of plus or minus 20 meters," — said Lesenkov.

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Ukrainian scientists have created a new veterinary drug

Kiyani invented a new veterinary drug. Its effects have already checked on pig farms. It helps to avoid the loss of calves at weaning from sows and makes it easier to gain weight animals

Kiev National University named after Taras Shevchenko State Scientific Control Institute of Biotechnology and strains of microorganisms registered a new veterinary drug "melawe." The preparation is based on melanin — the active substance isolated from Antarctic black yeast. As the press service of the State Agency on Science, Innovations and Informatization in the experimental groups of animals, which were added to the feed

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Ukraine resumes Antarctic shrimp fishing

For the first time in the last four years, the six-month Atlantic saltwater fishing for krill in the Antarctic waters from the dock fishing port of Sevastopol sail only Ukrainian supertrawlers — RKTS "Sea of the Commonwealth." One of the goals of long-haul flight — check in Action experimental model plant for the production krilevogo fat.  

State Agency of Fisheries of Ukraine reported that the repair ship built in 1986, upgrading and rehabilitation of its mechanisms needed more than fifty million hryvnia. — The works were carried out capital — says chief mate Pavel Voloshin. —

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Few days left before the start of the regular 57th Russian Antarctic Expedition


The coming summer Antarctic season (at the south pole, we recall, is now the height of spring) prepares us to a sensational discovery: the researchers will doburit borehole 5G and "plunge" and finally, in the water of one of the most mysterious places on earth — Lake Vostok.

It's fresh and warm water about the size of Lake Baikal, chetyrehkilometrovoy clad layer of ice. The lake is about 250 km long and about 50 km, the depth of up to 750 meters. The water temperature is warmer than in the lake — about 18 degrees.

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Crack Antarctic ice increased

Crack Antarctic ice increased Facts

Recently published satellite images of the 30-kilometer crack in the Antarctic Glacier with the potential to become "an island of ice" the size of New York.

Pine Island Glacier crack was first discovered in October 2011, and the picture made NASA satellites was received on 12 November. According to the scientists, NASA crack was 80 feet wide and about 60 meters deep. Over time, a huge iceberg should be separated from the glacier and into the open ocean.

It is believed that the crack in the ice was the result of natural processes, but the

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In the depths of the ocean reduces the amount of cold dense water

March 22. A significant decrease in the number of cold deep waters — the so-called Antarctic Bottom Water — In the Southern Ocean in 1980 2011.

Sarah Perks from the University of Washington and Gregory Johnson of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (USA) found that Antarctic Bottom Water mass decreases at an average rate of about 8 million tons / s, which is about 50 times greater than the average volume flow of the Mississippi and one-quarter the Gulf Stream in the Florida Straits.

A layer of Antarctic bottom water temperatures are below zero (dark blue areas

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Antarctic summer for 60 years has been long almost twice


The period of melting ice in the Antarctic Peninsula lengthened over the past 60 years, almost twice, according to a study published in the Journal of Geophysical Research.

Scientists from the British National Centre for Antarctic Studies (BAS) studied the history of ice melting on the Antarctic Peninsula, which is global warming effect is stronger than the rest of the continent and is the most serious loss of ice. They analyzed the results of meteorological observations made at the 30 polar stations Peninsula since 1948, as

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Sea-level rise is inevitable

According to the latest report by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), due to global climate change, which will lead to the melting of ice in the Arctic, Antarctic and Greenland, and as a result — an increase in global sea level, the water will be large areas of the Indian Ocean, the Maldives will be submerged and the archipelago of Tuvalu.

Without a roof over your head can remain 100 million Asians, 14 million Europeans, with 8 million people in Africa and South America.

German scientist Stefan Rahmstorf, whose research is based on the forecast of sea-level rise

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In Antarctica, the heat came

December 26. Scientists have determined that the following 2012 Antarctica has warmed much more than expected. Than it threatens humanity, no need to explain — the melting of huge ice masses can lead to a significant rise in global sea level.

Temperature record, recorded at the station Bird — scientific outpost in the heart of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) — shows an increase of 2.4 degrees Celsius in average temperatures since 1958 — that is three times faster than the average for all the world, and in half the time than predicted by past research. This means

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