A previously unknown sub-glacial basin that is almost the size of New Jersey residing beneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet near the Weddell Sea has prompted scientists to reevaluate … [Read full article]
A team of engineers from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) will leave next week for Antarctica to begin the first stage of a scientific mission to collect water and sediment samples from Lake Ellsworth, a subglacial lake some three kilometres underneath the solid ice of Antarctica.
More and more the history of our planet is being used to help us understand the future of our planet. Scientists from Boston University have recently published their findings of the mid-Pliocene climate optimum period 3 million years ago, and the similarities it could hold for the future centuries of our planet.
New evidence provided by researchers flying over East Antarctica’s Gamburtsev Mountain’s between November 2008 to January 2009 has shown that there is ice forming at the bottom of the massive ice sheets that cover Antarctica, as well as on the top.
The Brunt Ice Shelf is located on the coast of northern Coats Land in Antarctica, and is pictured below lying against the Weddel Sea.
In many climate models and scientists’ theories the West Antarctic ice sheet is expected to melt over the coming hundreds of years and raise the sea levels. Much of this is based on the theory that during the last interglacial period the ice sheet must have melted in order to raise the sea levels as much as they had been. However new research suggests that the West Antarctic ice sheet may be more stable than had been previously realised.