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  • Two groomers preparing the sea-ice ski landing area in front Davis research station

    Antarctic sea-ice prepared for planes

    An Antarctic plane landing area on the frozen ocean is being prepared on the sea-ice in front of Australia’s Davis research station.

  • emperor penguin feet on ice

    Emperor penguins vulnerable to sea ice changes this century

    Sea ice needed in the life cycle of emperor penguins is being lost to changing wind patterns and rising temperatures.

  • Two men preparing a piece of technical equipment next to water

    Mini sub heads south for Antarctic mission

    A sophisticated underwater mini submersible designed and built in Tasmania, will spend the summer in Antarctica exploring under the sea ice at Australia’s Davis research station.

  • Satellite image of large iceberg calving off an ice shelf.

    Gigantic iceberg breaks off East Antarctica

    A gigantic iceberg has calved from the Amery Ice Shelf in East Antarctica.

  • New Antarctic Arts Fellows, Dr Adam Nash and Dr John McCormick, in the studio.

    Take a virtual voyage south

    As Australia’s icebreaker sails south next year, the sights, sounds and movement of the ship on the Southern Ocean will be captured and packaged into an immersive experience all can share.

  • three people in an operating theatre with a mannequin

    Surgical tradies scrub up well

    Hobart is home to a unique medical training program for Antarctic expeditioners that may be useful for astronauts traveling in deep space.

  • Ice core drill head

    Million year ice core drill at the cutting edge

    Australian Antarctic Program technicians are at the cutting-edge of a unique project to unlock our climate future, by discovering what changed the world one million years ago.

  • Expeditioner riding a quad bike in blowing snow.

    Are we there yet?

    Getting around Antarctica has always been a challenge. New Antarctic expeditioners are currently at the Australian Antarctic Division learning how to live and travel in this extreme environment.

  • men stand to attention in front of flag on rocky coast

    65 years of Mawson research station

    Antarctic veterans celebrated 65 years since the opening of Mawson research station at the Australian Antarctic Division today.

  • sunset with vehicles over ice

    Journey to Law Dome

    Travel with Craig Butsch, Senior Met Observer at Casey research station, on a pictorial journey to one of the snowiest places in Antarctica.

  • Daddy Cool 2019

    Daddy Cool!

    Australian Antarctic expeditioners are sending love to their Dads from the end of the Earth.

  • Large diatoms under the microscope.

    Tiny glass-like plants at risk in acid ocean

    Microscopic marine plants encased in glass-like ‘armour’ could struggle to build their protective cell walls as ocean acidification increases.

  • Through Ice & Fire book cover showing photo of Aurora Australis in sea ice.

    New book brings icebreaker legacy to life

    The legacy of Australian icebreaker Aurora Australis’s 30 year service in Antarctica is captured in a new book Through Ice & Fire, published today. 

  • Photo of grey round partially constructed water tank

    Increasing water storage for Davis station

    Davis research station will soon have improved water security due to a 50 per cent increase in storage capacity.

  • Dana Bergstrom during her first visit to Macquarie Island as a Masters student in 1983, standing beside a rocky outcrop with a penguin.

    Microscopic Macquarie Island plant named after Antarctic ecologist

    A tiny freshwater plant with glass-like cell walls has been named after an Australian Antarctic Division ecologist.

  • graphic of icebreaker in ice with aurora

    Captains announced for RSV Nuyina

    Two experienced Captains for Australia's new icebreaker have been announced.

  • Antarctic blue whale surfacing and surrounded by bergy bits

    From little things big things grow

    The solar-powered Southern Ocean food chain is unique, going from some of the smallest organisms to the largest animal to ever live, in just a few short steps.

  • Australian doctors must under go an appendicectomy before they can go south

    Operation Antarctic Appendix

    A new group of freshly scarred Antarctic doctors, have arrived at the Australian Antarctic Division ahead of their posting to the icy continent.

  • Doctors attend to a simulated car crash victim in a scenario at Arm River in Tasmania

    Doctors prepare for extreme posting

    Tasmania’s rugged wilderness is the perfect training ground for Antarctic doctors preparing for an extreme posting to the icy continent.

  • Dr Brian Miller listens for whales during a voyage, with a computer screen in front of him showing sounds.

    Sound science enhances whale conservation

    French oceanographer Jacques Cousteau famously described the ocean as ‘the silent world’, but a marine mammal acoustician says he couldn’t have been more wrong.

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