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Battle over Antartica

nytimes.com reported on a glacier-filled island with fjords and elephant seals, Russia has built Antarctica’s first Orthodox church on a hill overlooking its research base, transporting the logs all the way from Siberia.

Less than an hour away by snowmobile, Chinese laborers have updated the Great Wall Station, a linchpin in China’s plan to operate five bases on Antarctica, complete with an indoor badminton court, domes to protect satellite stations and sleeping quarters for 150 people.

Not to be outdone, India’s futuristic new Bharathi base, built on stilts using 134 interlocking shipping containers, resembles a spaceship. Turkey and Iran have announced plans to build bases, too.

More than a century has passed since explorers raced to plant their flags at the bottom of the world, and for decades to come this continent is supposed to be protected as a scientific preserve, shielded from intrusions like military activities and mining. Read Article

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Antartica expects 36,500 tourists from Nov. through March

An estimated 36.500 tourists and 54 vessels expected this coming Antarctic season Mercopress.com reported During the upcoming Antarctic season, from November through March, 36,545 tourists are expected to visit, according to estimates compiled by the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO). That’s a slight dip from the 37,405 who visited in 2013-14, which was […]

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Scientists state possibility diamonds located in Antartica

mnn.com reported…Talk about ice – scientists say that frozen Antarctica could also be home to untapped, previously undiscovered diamond deposits. No, they haven’t actually found the precious carbon crystals yet, but they have found something that indicates they may be there. The news comes to us via research published this week in the journal Nature […]

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Documentary Video on Antartica

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Antartica: Russian researchers find unidentified life form under lake

ibtimes.co.uk reported that an unknown life form has been discovered thousands of feet under the ice in an Antarctic lake. The bacteria was sealed off for millions of years under 12,000ft of ice in Lake Vostok, the RIA news agency reported. The finding came after Russian engineers drilled through the continent’s frozen crust last year, […]

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New Zealand rescue group searching for missing Canadians in Antarctica

According to aljazeera.com , a search has begun for a plane carrying three Canadian crew members that went missing in bad weather on a flight over Antarctica. New Zealand rescue authorities said the emergency beacon of the Twin Otter aircraft was activated while on its way to the Italian Antarctic base on Wednesday. The Rescue […]

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West Antarctica warming faster than scientists thought

New York Times: West Antarctica has warmed much more than scientists had thought over the last half century, new research suggests, an ominous finding given that the huge ice sheet there may be vulnerable to long-term collapse, with potentially drastic effects on sea levels. A paper released Sunday by the journal Nature Geoscience reports that […]

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Japanase travel company cancels Antartica tour due to protest by researchers over safety issues

Travel agency gets cold feet over ‘reckless’ Antarctic tour A Japanese travel agency has been forced to cancel a tour to Antarctica after protests from researchers that its advertisements are misleading and the trip could endanger the lives of the tourists. Club Tourism was seeking applicants for the 14-day tour in December, when Antarctica is […]

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Norwegian explorer arrested in Chile after making illegal trip to Antarctica

New Zealand authorities say they are aware of the arrest in Chile of the Norwegian adventurer who made an illegal trip from New Zealand to Antarctica earlier this year but will not say whether New Zealand requested the arrest. Jarle Andhoy and four other crew members, including New Zealander Busby Noble, were arrested by armed […]

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Brazil to rebuild scientific research base destroyed by fire in Antarctica

The Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff, “dismayed” by the fire that destroyed the base today the country’s scientific research in Antarctica, which left two soldiers dead and one wounded, said the government the rebuild, according to a statement. In the fire at the Antarctic station Comandante Ferraz, occurred this morning, died Brazilian Navy Petty Officer Carlos […]

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High Winds alert Magallanes and Antartica Chilena, Chile

Considering the announcement of Southern Zonal Meteorological Center that predicts the occurrence of moderate to strong winds throughout the Region of Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica, from Tuesday 27 to Friday 30 of this week, wind currents estimated to range from the 100 / 120 km / hrs., mainly in coastal areas and higher elevations of […]

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27 Hospitals in Cordoba Argentina continue strike over wages

Health workers hold a strike at 27 hospitals in Cordoba for five weeks salary problems. But from the provincial government still refuses to open a salary discussion, media reports said Cordoba. The work stoppage in Cordoba hospitals and in its fifth week, and the guards are only guaranteed minimum and emergency care and emergencies. Yesterday, […]

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Antartica, Argentine and Swedish scientists uncover oldest known whale fossils

Swedish scientists found in Argentina and the Antarctic Peninsula the whale fossils found so far the oldest in the world, and the first of its kind discovered in the continent. This archaeocetes has about 49 million years, which shows that the “semi-aquatic whales” became fully marine much earlier than previously thought. The discovery was made […]

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Chile’s research projects in Antartica

Antarctica gradually reveals its mysteries. The once was a continent now inaccessible to us as one of the most prolific sources of research results in terms of new plants and animals that can influence the development of science and technology of the future. Chile, which by its geographical position is one of the main gateways […]

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Antarctica Cruise ship runs aground at Matha Strait

A passenger ship returning from Antartica to Argentina ran aground on Matha Strait just north of Antartica. Rescue workers are conducting rescue operations. There have been no reports of injuries and the ship is not heavily damaged. Passengers included eight Australians, 14 Britons, 9 Canadians, and 32 Americans. Read Article

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Antartica, Russians Will Be First To Explore Untouched Antarctic Lake Vostok, In Hunt For Weird Life Forms

An oxygen-rich lake, unreachable for the past 14 million years and buried beneath a thick sheet of ice, is about to be penetrated by a drill bit from a faraway place. It’s possible that special life forms have adapted to live in this extreme environment, and scientists hope to learn more once they can analyze […]

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Clean Getaway?: Antarctica Tourism Snowballs, but Is It Helping or Harming “the Last Place on Earth?”

On December 7, 2010, the cruise ship Clelia II had begun the final crossing of its weeklong Antarctic cruise. What remained of the journey was the notoriously dangerous Drake Passage between Antarctica and South America. And that day the ship was hit by a massive wave that shattered one of its bridge windows and damaged […]

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