An international team of experts brought together by ESA and NASA has produced the most accurate assessment, with the clearest evidence yet of Polar ice losses, from Antarctica and Greenland. Image credit: Ian Joughin, University of Washington
According to scientists there’s more ice at South Pole than ever. This comes two weeks after a new record was set in the Arctic Ocean for the least amount of sea ice coverage in the satellite record, the ice surrounding Antarctica reached its annual winter maximum—and set a record for a new high.
New 360 degree views with panoramic imagery of historic Antarctic locations are part of Google’s World Wonders site, where you can find out more about the history of the exploration of South Pole. The Ceremonial South Pole captured on Google Maps. Image credit: Google
We’ve come to one of the coldest spots on Earth to search for beings that thrive in blistering heat. In a place with full daylight for four months, we’re seeking life that dwells in utter darkness. Welcome to the topsy-turvy world of Antarctica’s Mt. Erebus. Above: A mix of ropes and ladders eases access to Warren Cave, a labyrinth of passages melted from the ice by the volcano’s heat. Small currents of air probably cause the scalloping around the cave’s entrance. Image © Carsten Peter / National Geographic
NASA’s Aqua satellite is named for its ability to measure water vapor in the atmosphere, water in the oceans, as well as ice and snow. It was launched on May 4, 2002, and has been functioning perfectly for 10 years, providing us 29 million gigabytes of data. Image above: Two powerful storms in the South China Sea near the Philippines.
In October 2011, researchers flying in NASA’s Operation IceBridge campaign made the first-ever detailed, airborne measurements of a major iceberg calving event in Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier, while it was in progress. Four months later, the IceBridge team has mapped the crack in a way that allows glaciologists and the rest of us to fly through the icy canyon.
A team of Russian researchers after almost 20 years of drilling is have reached the prehistoric Lake Vostok, which has been trapped deep beneath Antarctica for the last 14 million years.