Extinct Mega Penguin was two metres Tall.

Forget emperor penguins, say hello to the colossus penguin. Newly unearthed fossils have revealed that Antarctica was once home to the biggest species of penguin ever discovered. It was 2 metres long and weighed a hefty 115 kilograms. Palaeeudyptes klekowskii lived 37 to 40 million years ago. This was “a wonderful time for penguins, when […]

The Ice Monster.

The Ice Monster by Laurent Ballesta, France. Laurent and his expedition team were working out of the Dumont d’Urville scientific base in east Antarctica. Ice shelves in the East Antarctic ice sheet are melting faster than scientists assumed. When Laurent spotted this small iceberg, he saw the chance to show for the first time the […]

Stand Out from the Crowd.

The BES photography contest features images by ecologists and students and captures rare flora and fauna from around the world. Overall winner: Stand Out From the Crowd Photographed on Marion Island (Prince Edward Islands). An adult king penguin is surrounded by chicks at a large breeding colony. Populations of the species inhabiting Sub-antarctic islands face […]

Ice Cave on the Erubus Glacer.

Ross Island, Antartic An ice cave on the Erebus Glacier. A secret world of animals and plants may live in warm caves under Antarctica’s glaciers, including new species, scientists believe. Photograph: Joel Bensing/AFP/Getty Images Source: A Tiger dance and a washout at Bestival – Friday’s fantastic photos | News | The Guardian

Adelie Penguins ride an Ice floe, Antartica.

Adélie penguins on an ice floe in Hope Bay, Trinity Peninsula, Antarctica. Just outside Hope Bay, the Antarctic Sound connects the Bransfield Strait to the Weddell Sea where Greenpeace is conducting scientific research to strengthen the proposal to create an Antarctic ocean sanctuary, the largest protected area on the planet. Image Credit: Photograph by Christian […]

Creatures of the Cold.

Hobart’s Antarctica festival is back on with its chilly, majestic imagery. The winner this year is Sydney’s Sam Edmonds with his striking photo of a gentoo penguin in the snow. The show is being exhibited at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery’s Basement Bond Store Gallery. Image Credit: Gentoo Penguin. Photograph by Sam Edmonds of […]

Bar at the Bottom of the World.

Just off the small Zodiac boat required to access freezing Galindez Island in Antarctica lies the world’s southernmost bar — the Bar at Vernadsky Research Base. This tiny, one-room social area is located among the same research facilities where scientists first discovered the hole in the ozone layer. The bar was built by carpenters during […]

Ice Cube Research Station.

IceCube Research Station. Photo by icecube.wisc.edu Call it a telescope, call it a detector, or call it an observatory – it’s all the same to the University of Wisconsin scientists at the IceCube, which is now the world’s largest neutrino research array. The IceCube array consists of 86 identical holes, drilled 1.5 miles deep, scattered […]

The Mystery of Antarctica’s Blood Falls solved.

Blood Falls, named for its ruddy colour, is not, in fact, a gush of blood from some unseen wound. The colour was initially chalked up to red algae, but a new study in the Journal of Glaciology has uncovered its true origin using radar to scan the layers of ice from which the river pours. […]

Antarctic Ice Tunnels.

Contributor: devonpike Deep below one of the world’s most remote outposts, a network of tunnels cut into the ice has come to house “shrines” dedicated to both the odd, and the profound. Founded as a small research base at the South Pole in 1956, Amundsen-Scott Station has developed into a thriving research hub sometimes housing […]