Antarctic life – highly diverse, unusually structured
The variety of plant and animal life in the Antarctic is much greater than previously thought, reveals an assessment of Antarctic biodiversity published by a team of scientists in the journal Nature this w ...
New evidence suggests Isthmus of Panama was formed earlier than thought
Image: The Italian–French Concordia research station in Antarctica
The Italian–French Concordia research station in Antarctica sits in the largest desert in the world. Situated 3200 m above sea level with temperatures that can reach –80°C, oxygen is scarce and even ...
Space technology investigates large-scale changes to Africa's climate
An international research team led by the University of Leicester has mapped the entire African continent south of the Sahara for geographical changes – and has discovered that many areas receive drastically ...
Continental formation more complicated than previously understood
(Phys.org) —The way continents are formed can be far more complicated than previously understood, according to researchers at the University of Aberdeen.
Arctic sea ice continues low; Antarctic ice hits a new high
Sea ice covering the Arctic Ocean melted to its sixth lowest extent this year, while sea ice surrounding the Antarctic continent continued to break winter records, according to scientists at the National ...
The mysteries of Antarctic sea ice
The world is unmistakeably warming, melting glaciers and raising sea levels world-wide.
Industrial lead pollution beat explorers to the South Pole by 22 years and persists today
Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen became the first man to reach the South Pole in December of 1911. More than 100 years later, an international team of scientists led by Joe McConnell of Nevada's Desert Research ...
Ancient tooth offers clues to how and when monkeys left Africa
(Phys.org) —The monkey roadmap out of Africa has a new timetable and route, thanks to a tiny tooth plucked from the Arabian desert.
New EU reforms fail European wildlife
Despite political proclamation of increased environmental focus, experts argue that the European Union's recent agricultural reforms are far too weak to have any positive impact on the continent's shrinking ...
Antarctica's ice losses on the rise
Three years of observations show that the Antarctic ice sheet is now losing 159 billion tonnes of ice each year – twice as much as when it was last surveyed.
S.Africa park sees first ivory poaching in over decade
South Africa's Kruger National Park which is battling a high number of rhino killings has recorded its first case of elephant poaching in over a decade, a spokesman said Friday.
Previewing the bizarre April 29th solar eclipse
Will anyone see next week's solar eclipse? On April 29th, an annular solar eclipse occurs over a small D-shaped 500 kilometre wide region of Antarctica.
Magnetic anomaly deep within Earth's crust reveals Africa in North America
The repeated cycles of plate tectonics that have led to collision and assembly of large supercontinents and their breakup and formation of new ocean basins have produced continents that are collages of bits ...