Landsat Image Mosaic Of Antarctica
UK and US researchers peice together the most detailed map of Antarctica yet
, searching through years of data to find cloud free images.
They are an indie-folk fusion band, but you've probably never heard of them unless you've been to Rothera Research Station
Their first live gig will be broadcast 07/07/07
to hundreds of millions of people on more than 120 networks around the world.
Al Gore invited them to play Live Earth
because the runway at Rothera is too small for major rock stars. And he promised concerts on all 7 continents.
They will have a gorgeous stage, performing outside on the ice
if the weather is nice, say minus 15F or so.
After two big Antarctic ice shelves broke off several years ago
, a world of new species was found underneath
and a press release came out yesterday, showing spindly orange starfish among other interesting creatures. Here is some more information
on the expedition.
The fact that the shelves melted when they did is most likely a result of global warming, but having them out of the way gave researchers a golden opportunity to study what lives beneath the ice.
Other occassions where a disaster has simultaneously been a great research opportunity include radioactive fallouts: at Chernobyl the evacuated area has been monitored
for the past decades to see which species move in and how they thrive (previously on Metafilter
Why are political extremists so interested in UFOs? The Nation of Islam has its “Great Mother Wheels.” Their melanin-challenged brethren in the Neo-Nazi movement have the myth of Neu Schwabenland
, an Antarctic redoubt where the remnants of the Third Reich fled after the war, with the U.S. military in hot pursuit. There, hidden among the ice and the Emperor Penguins, the frostbitten Aryans plotted to reconquer the world. To that end, they created a fleet of UFOs, using top-secret Nazi technology that They don’t want you to know about. Nizkor has recreated pamphlets published by the Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel
on this topic, one of which includes a helpful list of German phrases to be used during an encounter of the Third Kind.
(This myth is also covered in the eighth chapter of this book
More gloomy news
on the whole climate change thing. It seems that Greenland's ice caps are melting three times as fast as previously measured (ultimately, in a thousand years or so, leading to a 6.5m sea level rise). While at the other end of the planet, it's not snowing as much as we hoped
to limit sea level rises. But hey, we can still laugh about it
The last hope of life on earth: Svalbard.
Most of humanity depends on just 12 plant species
, down from over 7,000 historically. Fortunately, seeds can be viable for up to thousands of years
, and seed banks have already preserved many species, including the entire plant population of Antarctica
. But with seed banks being destroyed
as the result of wars and accident, Norway has has begun work
on an underground facility, protected by polar bears, in the Arctic permafrost
that is designed to hold millions of seeds, as "final safety net"
Lone ranger or lunatic?
Colin Yeates is about to set off from the Falkland Islands on his second attempt to row alone and unsupported around Antarctica. His previous attempt ended in spectacular failure
after just two days of plotting an erratic course in the wrong direction
and crash landing
on a beach
just 50 miles from where he set off.
Undeterred by the danger he places in the path of those who will, inevitably, have to rescue him, the father of seven has repaired his tiny rowing boat
and seems unbothered that winter is nigh and the local sailors don't want to shake the hand of this dead man walking.
It is the dead of winter
at the bottom
of the Earth
Therefore, it's a great
day for some
foolhardy souls to join The 300 Club! Those wishing to join in the future are advised to hurry, though.
75 Degrees South
:: blogging from Antarctica
Terrorists from Antarctica.
Two Seaworld penguins flying out of San Diego airport are sent walking through the metal detector. Better safe than sorry. via BoingBoing, via Schneier
and previously discussed
, the world's largest collision
took place in Antarctica when a 115km (71mile) long iceberg collided with the Drygalski ice tongue in McMurdo Sound.
show the results of the collision quite clearly, but somehow fail to convey the sheer scale of the event.
Listening to Antarctica
is a daily web diary, including audio clips (RealMedia) of ambient sounds and conversations onboard the Aurora Australis, a research vessel currently on its way to the Australian Antarctic bases. Margot Foster's next port of call is Casey Base
: "some of them are mundane
, some are fantastic
, and some are, frankly, crappy
." Don't miss the art
An iceberg the size of Long Island is about to impact a land-bound ice mass in Anarctica. Stand back!
visited Antarctica in 2001 and kept a photojournal
. He brought back some amazing photos
of ice towers
creatures, ice caves
, ice dives
, and a South Pole exorcism
, as well as videoclips
. And if you liked those, there are more photos of the icy continent here
Mt. Erebus from space.
NASA's Autonomous Sciencecraft Experiment
software, which controls the Earth Observing-1
spacecraft, took some amazing images
of the lava lake of Antarctica's Mount Erebus volcano
without any human interaction. [Via Fark.]
is (was?) a "dining attendant" at the McMurdo Station
in Antarctica. She also keeps an intermittent journal
, and takes pictures
. Fun, wacky stuff.
Dream Dollars "Discover the mystery of Nadiria, the Lost Colony of Antarctica. Nadiria flourished as a utopian colony deep inside the Antarctican ice shelf for over thirty years until its mysterious disappearance in 1899. Here are the beautiful reproductions of its unusual currency, Dream-Dollars, studied by scholars and dream researchers for almost a century. Long unavailable, these exotic notes will amaze, astound, and fascinate all those interested in the strange and the beautiful."
"Antarctica: the best place in the world to be naked" (and take a bunch of awesomely beautiful pictures, too).
Austrailian pilot stuck in Antarctica
That story is interesting enough, but the background on the pilot (just your typical nurse-midwife homebuilt avionics adventurer) available here
is fascinating. I love reading these stories about common folk following their dreams and accomplishing huge things. Dare I say inspiring? Lifted from SlashDot
Seal kills scientist
A British scientist has been killed by a leopard seal whilst snorkelling in Antarctica.
I had no idea that a seal could (or would) attack a human. These things can grow to 23ft long! They are known to feed on penguins, but a human is a fair bit bigger than a penguin, so this is one nasty animal, not the doe-eyed creature we coo over in nature programmes...
'A colossal squid
has been caught in Antarctic waters, the first example of Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni retrieved virtually intact from the surface of the ocean. ' Related (old news from January) :-
giant squid attacks boat
More squid sites :- Search for Giant Squid
a Smithsonian exhibit about a 1999 expedition. 'Whether living or extinct, on land or at sea, in literature or in life, large animals have long fascinated people. The largest animals have been known and hunted since prehistory: whales, walruses, elephants, rhinos, hippos, giraffes, and large fishes... However, one large animal has gone almost unnoticed or certainly unobserved in its habitat. That animal is the giant squid. Although these animals have been found in the nets of commercial fishermen, in the stomachs of sperm whales, and washed ashore on different continents, no scientific information has been gathered by direct observations of live giant squid ... '
The UnMuseum's article on the giant squid
I have dreamed of Erebus.
mcwetboy took you to the Arctic
today. Now read one man's fascinating diary of his trip to Antarctica
in 2001, as well as this year's coming journey to the bottom of the world. Lots of words here, and some cool pictures. Not to mention margaritas and guacamole
Global Warming with Regional Variations: Antarctic Ice Growing
over the last 20 years.
Bye Bye, Tuvalu...
"In 1998, BAS predicted the demise of more ice shelves around the Antarctic Peninsula. Since then warming on the peninsula has continued and we watched as piece-by-piece Larsen B has retreated. We knew what was left would collapse eventually, but the speed of it is staggering. Hard to believe that 500 billion tonnes of ice sheet has disintegrated in less than a month."speccy piccy this
.(link via Ethel
a community weblog and news page for Antarctica. Strangely familiar in many respects
maps the Open Directory
onto Antarctica. The 2d view is nice. Shows the relative size of everything. It reminds me of SmartMoney's dang cool marketmap