Computer model predicts vastly different ecosystem for Antarctica's Ross Sea

The Ross Sea, a major, biologically productive Antarctic ecosystem, "clearly will be extensively modified by future climate change" in the coming decades as rising temperatures and changing wind patterns create longer periods of ice-free open water, affecting the life cycles of both predators and prey, according to a paper published by researchers funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

El Nino tied to melting of Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier

Pine Island Glacier is one of the biggest routes for ice to flow from Antarctica into the sea. The floating ice shelf at the glacier's tip has been melting and thinning for the past four decades, causing the glacier to speed up and discharge more ice.

Life goes on in subglacial lake

Lake Vostok, buried under a glacier in Antarctica, is so dark, deep and cold that scientists had considered it a possible model for other planets, a place where nothing could live.

Antarctica's Concordia research base digs in for a long winter

While most of us are welcoming spring and waiting eagerly for summer, the crew at the Concordia research base in Antarctica have settled into their homes and are ready for the cold, long winter ahead.

Antarctica filling up with trash

The precious Antarctic environment is turning into a rubbish dump, ecologists from Germany's Jena University are warning.

Western Antarctica experiences rapid warming

The western part of Antarctica is warming three times faster than the average global temperature increase.

Polar ice sheets shrinking ever faster

The planet's two largest ice sheets are melting faster then ever before - three times as fast as they were just 20 years ago.

Ancient microbes tough it out in Antarctic lake

Scientists have discovered a group of microorganisms capable surviving one of the toughest environments on our planet: ancient bacteria living under 65 feet of ice at the bottom of a brine-filled lake in Antarctica. 

Antarctica warmth is nothing special

The ice-filled continent on the southern edge of the planet is indeed warming up, but it isn't the first time.

Antarctica used to be a tropical oasis

Forget glacial melt - get a load of what scientists say Antarctica used to be like.

Ancient Antarctica was warmer and wetter

Antarctica was once as warm as Iceland - warm enough for vegetation and even trees to thrive, a new study has found.

Octopus study reveals ice sheet collapse

Octopuses are intelligent creatures - but, all the same, you might not expect them to have much to say about climate change.

Mystery of 'ghost mountains' solved

Scientists have solved the mystery of how a mountain range as big as the Alps came to exist deep beneath the East Antarctic Ice Sheet.

Japanese tsunami cracked ice shelf in Antarctica

Scientists have linked a massive earthquake and the subsequent Tohoku tsunami off the coast of Japan to the creation of large icebergs a hemisphere away.

Electric vehicles get tested in Antarctica

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is conducting field tests on two electric vehicles in Antarctica to evaluate performance in extremely cold conditions.

Antarctica is captured on Google Street View

Google can now say its Street View maps service spans across every one of the world's continents.

Ice caps melting far slower than believed

The Greenland and West Antarctic ice caps are melting at half the expected rate, according to a joint US-Dutch team.

Ridge, not global warming, causing major glacier to melt

In a discovery likely to fan the flames of climate change debate, a team has concluded that the thinning ice on one of Antarctica's major glaciers is not caused by global warming.