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Station Updates: October 28, 2019
Occasional updates on the events and operations at McMurdo, South Pole, and Palmer stations.

Mon, 28 Oct 2019 17:44:52 GMT


Comics
Take a walk on the lighter side of life in the Antarctic with the latest wit and wisdom from USAP participants on the Ice.

Thu, 11 Dec 2014 12:55:14 GMT


Vessels Update: Friday, November 9, 2012
The latest news aboard the USAP research vessels.

Fri, 09 Nov 2012 10:00:00 GMT


Cold Hard Facts
There's more to know about Antarctica than it being the coldest, windiest, highest and harshest continent on Earth.

Mon, 11 May 2009 10:00:00 GMT
Antarctica. SJ Dodgson. MJoTA 2013 v7n2 p1213

Antarctica is cold, colder than South Jersey, colder than Manhattan, colder than the Russian Front that did in Napoleon and Hitler. It is also dry as a desert and almost nothing grows there.

It is also the continent of miracles. Twice as big as Australia, 
the only continent where the international community has agreed to behave itself. Not carve it up, not mine it. How I wish this had been the policy in the continent of Africa.

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BELARE Team Members Build Solar Power Units for Scientists Working in the Field
Scientists who are concerned about the carbon footprint that doing research in Antarctica can leave are certainly happy that the Princess Elisabeth Antarctica - the world’s first polar research station designed and built to run entirely on renewable energy - goes a long way in reducing the carbon footprint their research leaves. However, when scientists need to conduct research in the field for extended periods of time, they often need to take diesel-powered generators to run their scientific equipment.

Fri, 13 Dec 2019 14:48:00 +0100


First Team of Scientists Arrives and Settles in
Ever since the first teams of scientists from the CHASE, MASS2ANT and POPE projects arrived on the first ever intercontinental flight to Perseus Airstrip on 22 November, all have been acclimating to life in Antarctica and getting started on their research.

Sat, 30 Nov 2019 16:09:00 +0100


First Ever Intercontinental Flight from Cape Town Lands at Perseus Airstrip
On 22 November, the new Perseus Airstrip, located just 60 km north of the Princess Elisabeth Station, welcomed its first ever intercontinental flight when an Ilyushin 76 plane carrying the first scientists of the 2019-2020 season from Cape Town touched down just after 18:00 UTC.

Tue, 26 Nov 2019 22:01:00 +0100


2019-2020 Season Has Officially Started
On the evening of 5 November, the first 12 members of the station team (including team leader Alain Hubert, field guides, engineers, mechanics, a doctor, and a cook) arrived at the Princess Elisabeth Antarctica research station to officially start the 2019-2020 Belgian Antarctic Research Expedition (BELARE)season. They wasted no time in getting the station up and running!

Fri, 08 Nov 2019 12:28:00 +0100


Home Improvement
Over the last ten seasons, the Princess Elisabeth Antarctica research station has seen a lot more visitors than originally expected. The popularity of the world’s first zero-emission polar research station with the scientific community has been a welcome surprise. Originally the Princess Elisabeth station was designed to host about 20 scientists and staff at a time. During a few weeks the peak of the 2018-2019 season, the station was hosting nearly 50 people at once! In order to welcome such a large number of guests and handle increased activity around the station, a number of “home improvements” have been undertaken at the station over the last few seasons.

Wed, 06 Nov 2019 12:24:00 +0100
Ice melting in Antarctica. SJ Dodgson MJoTA 2015 v9n1 p0401

Antarctic ice is melting bit by bit. So is Arctic ice. The snow on Mount Kilimanjaro is almost gone. Climate change is happening, and everywhere governments are scrambling to slow the damage to their countries caused by rising seas.

Around my town, but not in my town, South Jersey street lights are powered by solar panels. On the train to Manhattan I see solar panel farms. Stockton College has solar panels over parking lots. On an occasional roof, I see solar panels. The collective approach to accessing energy from renewable sources is popping up like crocuses in spring, but until South Jersey has a collective and personal approach, we will continue to dump greenhouse gases into the air so it can float up to the upper atmosphere and sit there.

Personally, I am growing my own food, I consume no animal products, I ride trains and walk whenever possible. A silly health problem has ended my ability to ride a bicycle, otherwise I would be riding everywhere possible, as does my adult son who lives with me. I would change my power source entirely to solar if it was not prohibitively expensive; I am relying on power agencies to switch to renewable energy to supply my house.

Builders need to be made accountable in South Jersey and everywhere, but in a sensible manner. I have read of governments requiring all buildings to be covered in solar panels or plants or both. When we lived in caves, we had plenty of plant growth around us, and the jungle takes back its land when buildings are neglected. I have seen trees growing out of buildings in New Jersey, and in Puerto Rico. Growing plants on buildings can only work if the builder, and the future inhabitant, really knows what they are doing. I managed to destroy part of my house by growing flowers and tomatoes on a balcony.

It is all about drainage, which is why we have rising seas in the first place. When ice melts, it has nowhere else to go. When we burn fossil fuels, or trash, or anything, we release carbon dioxide. And it has nowhere else to go other than up.

This map uses an orthographic projection, near-polar aspect. The South Pole is near the center, where longitudinal lines converge.
Map, information from Wikipedia

Antarctica, on average, is the coldest, driest, and windiest continent, and is on average the highest of all continents. Antarctica is a desert with annual precipitation of 8 inches along the coast and far less inland. The temperature in Antarctica has reached −89 °C (−129 °F).
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Chilean Air Force Finds Debris Believed to Be From Missing Cargo Plane
The military said that debris was being recovered to determine whether it belonged to the plane, which is thought to have crashed with 38 people aboard over a remote stretch of southern sea.

Wed, 11 Dec 2019 22:59:55 GMT


Chile Plane Bound for Antarctica Goes Missing With 38 Aboard
The plane was on a maintenance mission to a Chilean base on Antarctica when it lost radio contact, the Chilean Air Force said.

Tue, 10 Dec 2019 03:55:50 GMT


He Crossed Antarctica Alone. Now He Plans to Row There.
Colin O’Brady ended up winning an unintended race across the frozen continent last year. He wants to go back in a boat.

Sat, 16 Nov 2019 10:00:08 GMT


How Scientists Got Climate Change So Wrong
Few thought it would arrive so quickly. Now we’re facing consequences once viewed as fringe scenarios.

Fri, 08 Nov 2019 20:22:26 GMT


Climate Change Will Cost Us Even More Than We Think
Economists greatly underestimate the price tag on harsher weather and higher seas. Why is that?

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 10:00:07 GMT
Stuck in pack ice in Antarctica. SJ Dodgson 2013 MJoTA v7n2 p1230

A Russian ship carrying 22 crew members and 53 scientists and tourists has been stuck in ice in Antarctica since Dec 24, 2013, Ice-breaker ships have tried to free it unsuccessfully, now, Dec 30, we are hearing that the passengers are to be helicoptered out to a Chinese ice-breaker, and the crew are staying with the ship. Meanwhile, those on board are posting videos, a lot of videos, and these all are cheerful and explaining that they are having a great time. Wow!
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New high-precision map of Antarctica’s bed topography
A team of glaciologists has unveiled the most accurate portrait yet of the contours of the land beneath Antarctica’s ice sheet – and, by doing so, has helped identify which …

Thu, 12 Dec 2019 16:23:22 +0000


Season’s greetings!
Christmas banner 2015Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Mon, 02 Dec 2019 13:32:27 +0000


Studies highlight fragility of Antarctic ecosystems
Two studies published in a special issue of the journal Science Advances this week (27 November 2019) highlight the fragility of the Antarctic and its ecosystems in the lead up …

Fri, 29 Nov 2019 17:19:13 +0000


Ice core inspired art installation opens in London
A new climate change artwork – Ice Floor, a new Phase 2 by Wayne Binitie, opens this week at Arup’s Fitzroy Street offices in London. The work was developed in …

Tue, 26 Nov 2019 09:03:57 +0000


Scientists head to Antarctica’s Thwaites Glacier
Nearly 100 scientists and support staff depart this week (13 November 2019) for the most ambitious mission to date for Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica. In the second year of …

Thu, 14 Nov 2019 12:11:46 +0000