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Antarctica: Continent
Antarctica is Earth's southernmost continent. It contains the geographic South Pole and is situated in the Antarctic region of the Southern Hemisphere, almost entirely south of the Antarctic Circle, and is surrounded by the Southern Ocean. At 14,200,000 square kilometres, it is the fifth-largest continent and nearly twice the size of Australia. At 0.00008 people per square kilometre, it is by far the least densely populated continent. About 98% of Antarctica is covered by ice that averages 1.9 km in thickness, which extends to all but the northernmost reaches of the Antarctic Peninsula.

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Why Antarctica's Coast Is Developing Even More Green Algae [Video]

Why Antarctica's Coast Is Developing Even More Green Algae

Every summer, algal blooms blanket parts of the Antarctica Peninsula's coast. Now, researchers say those blooms are likely to expand as climate change continues and Earth becomes progressively warmer...

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:35Published
Climate change turns Antarctica’s snow green [Video]

Climate change turns Antarctica’s snow green

Warming temperatures due to climate change are helping the formation and spread of “green snow” visible from space, according to new research led by Dr Matt Davey from Cambridge University. Rosanna..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:02Published
World's largest iceberg may soon break up [Video]

World's largest iceberg may soon break up

New satellite images from the Copernicus Sentinel-1 mission show Iceberg A-68 lost a 175 square km chunk of ice between satellite passes on April 21 and April 22.

Credit: Reuters - 3D Animations (Next Me     Duration: 01:31Published
World Penguin Day 2020: British Photographer's Gallery Of Penguin Pictures [Video]

World Penguin Day 2020: British Photographer's Gallery Of Penguin Pictures

These beautiful images celebrate World Penguin Day 2020. They are a gallery of british wildlife photographer Paul Goldstein's marvellous penguin pictures. Paul, a guide for Exodus Travels, explains:..

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Australians gather for Anzac Day on coronavirus-free Antarctica

Australia's Antarctic expeditioners have been able to share a traditional Anzac Day ceremony, with the frozen continent free of coronavirus.
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In the frozen and desolate expanse of Antarctica, Alejandro Valenzuela Pena is used to a feeling of isolation. Now, however, that has taken on a new meaning as the only continent still free from the..
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'They're pretty much sitting ducks': Coronavirus case confirmed on Australian ship stuck off the coast of Uruguay

There are fears of a coronavirus outbreak onboard an Antarctic voyager ship with close to a hundred Australian passengers onboard after one person tested positive and nine others developed symptoms.
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Scientists have recorded the first-ever heatwave in Antarctica

Scientists have recorded what amounts to a heatwave in Antarctica, with fears for the long-term implications on plants, animals and ecosystems.
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Australia carries out emergency medical dash for expeditioner at US Antarctic base

An Airbus A319 was despatched from Hobart to help assist at the US Antarctic site.
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Australian Global warming causing 'irreversible' mass melting in Antarctica says scientist

Global warming was leading to an "irreversible" mass melting of the Antarctic ice and purging carbon from the atmosphere was the only solution to slow the process, an Australian climate scientist..
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Number of chinstrap penguins in Antarctica has fallen sharply: scientists

The number of chinstrap penguins in some colonies in Western Antarctica has fallen by as much as 77% since they were last surveyed in the 1970s, say scientists studying the impact of climate change on..
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Don Sinclair: 'we lived a very rich life'

Doctor Donald Sinclair, OAM, was one of Victoria’s foremost educators, a prodigious textbook author, an Antarctic tourism pioneer and a globe-trotting geographer and humanitarian.
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Gold Coast polar explorer breaks record for longest unaided Antarctic trip

Geoff Wilson skied into the Russia's Novolazarevskaya Station early on Saturday, Antarctic time, 58 days after he set out, beating the previous record by 206 metres.
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Chilean Air Force recovers human remains, says no survivors in crashed plane

The Chilean Air Force said on Thursday that it had recovered human remains in the search for a crashed Antarctica-bound plane with 38 people on board.
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Chile expands search over frigid sea near Antarctica for crashed plane

The Chilean military sent fighter jets early on Wednesday in an expansion of its search for an airforce cargo plane that crashed with 38 people aboard over a remote stretch of frigid sea between South..
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Colourful Australian tractors deployed on mission to find ancient ice

Ken Done will adorn a new fleet of Antarctic tractors destined to travel across the icy continent on a quest to find million year old ice.
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Solo explorer becomes first Australian to reach Antarctica's Pole of Inaccessibility

Geoff Wilson has reached his first major milestone in his expedition to Dome Argus, the coldest place on earth.
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The coldest, windiest and driest place on Earth: who runs Antarctica?

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Forty years on, New Zealand apologizes for Antarctic plane disaster

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern apologized on Thursday for the then-government's handling of a plane crash in Antarctica 40 years ago that took the lives of 257 people in the country's worst..
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NASA, Australia in Antarctic ice project

A world-leading NASA mission to survey ice levels in east Antarctica will for the first time leave from Australia.
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In Mawson's footsteps: explorer attempts to break Antarctic record

Polar explorer Geoff Wilson hates the cold and heights, but next month he will attempt to scale the highest spot in Antarctica and reach the coldest place on earth.
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How Australia and France can help create an Antarctic legacy

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A 'gigantic' 315 billion tonne piece of ice has broken loose from Antarctica

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Australia re-commits to keeping Antarctic free of mining, military

Signatories of the Antarctic Treaty, including Australia, have renewed their 60-year commitment to keep the continent free of military and mining activities.
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