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  • City and mountain

    Tasmania to host key Antarctic meetings in 2020

    30 August 2016

    Tasmania will host two major Antarctic meetings in 2020, bringing together the world’s foremost experts in Antarctic research and operations and further cementing the state’s role as a key Antarctic Gateway.

  • Looking at an ice core

    Scientists pinpoint beginning of current global warming trend

    25 August 2016

    New research using climate data from ice cores, corals, sediment layers and tree rings has found human-induced global warming began about 180 years ago, much earlier than previously thought.

  • Elephant seals

    Seals help solve Antarctic bottom water mystery

    24 August 2016

    Research published today in Nature Communications, and supported through the Australian Antarctic Program, has used elephant seals to demonstrate that fresh water from Antarctic’s melting ice shelves slows the processes responsible for the formation of deep-water ocean currents that regulate global temperatures.

  • UOV

    Tweeting drones, droids and robots for National Science Week

    11 August 2016

    The Australian Antarctic Division invites people to join its popular ‘Icy Tweets’ sessions and talk drones, droids and robots in Antarctica as part of National Science Week.

  • Haggs covered in snow

    Facing the challenge of winter in Antarctica

    10 August 2016

    Surviving the depths of winter on the world’s most inhospitable continent will be discussed at an international Antarctic meeting in India next week (16 – 20 August).

  • Three of the minicosms used in the marine microbial experiment, housed in a shipping container at Davis

    Antarctic phytoplankton impacted by increasing carbon dioxide

    9 August 2016

    Scientists from the Australian Antarctic Division have found that an acidifying ocean could have a significant impact on phytoplankton - the staple diet of krill - with serious repercussions for the entire Antarctic ecosystem.

  • rope skills

    Antarctic-bound doctors practise extreme medicine

    2 August 2016

    Fresh snow and freezing temperatures in Tasmania’s Central Highlands have given Antarctic-bound doctors a glimpse into their future as they prepare for their posting on the frozen continent.

  • Collecting samples

    Potent mercury toxin found in Antarctic sea ice

    2 August 2016

    Australian researchers have found a potent mercury neurotoxin in Antarctic sea ice for the first time, highlighting the potential for this mercury to enter the food web.

  • Ice core

    Antarctic ice cores provide clues to carbon uptake during Little Ice Age

    26 July 2016

    New research published today in the prestigious Nature Geoscience has revealed that the Earth’s land biosphere takes up less carbon during a warming climate.

  • Expeditioner in Antarctica

    Students invited to chat ‘live’ with Antarctic expeditioners

    25 July 2016

    Are you curious about what it is like living on the highest, driest, windiest and coldest continent on earth?

  • Aerial view of the Rauer group

    New names on the Antarctic map

    12 July 2016

    You wouldn’t expect to find a crocodile or rhino in Antarctica but thanks to their distinctive shape, both now have an official icy island namesake. ‘Crocodile Island’ and ‘Rhino Island’ are among 28 newly named places in the Australian Antarctic Territory, including 17 islands and 11 geographical features.

  • sunrise from whoop whoop

    Here comes the sun

    11 July 2016

    While the sun has officially returned to the skies above Davis research station thick cloud has prevented the expeditioners from seeing it, with the forecast suggesting it will be a few more days before the team can enjoy its golden glow!

  • Expeditioners at Davis research station standing in line to vote at an election polling station on the sea ice.

    Polar polling

    1 July 2016

    Australia’s remotest and coldest voting will occur at Australian Antarctic stations this federal election.

  • Australia's Mawson station

    Leadership and learning on ice

    24 June 2016

    An extraordinary group of people lead expeditioners at the Australian Antarctic Division’s stations.

  • Professor Patrick (Pat) Quilty AM

    2016 Phillip Law Medal

    24 June 2016

    The Australian Antarctic Division’s former Chief Scientist, Professor Patrick (Pat) Quilty AM, has been awarded the prestigious Phillip Law Medal during midwinter celebrations in Hobart.

  • Iceberg and reflection

    2016 Australian Antarctic Medal

    21 June 2016

    Long-time Antarctic expeditioners from three diverse careers have been honoured with the 2016 Australian Antarctic Medal.

  • Expeditioners use a chainsaw to cut into the sea ice at Mawson station in preparation for their midwinter swim

    Icy celebration of winter solstice

    21 June 2016

    A swift swim in icy waters marked the passage of midwinter for expeditioners at Australia’s Antarctic and sub Antarctic stations.

  • Photo of Dr Nick Gales.

    Dr Nick Gales appointed Australia's Commissioner to the IWC

    20 June 2016

    The Government has appointed Dr Nick Gales as Australia’s new Commissioner to the International Whaling Commission.

  • Cargo being dropped from the rear of the C17-A.

    First midwinter airdrop to Australian Antarctic station

    7 June 2016

    In complete darkness and with temperatures below minus 30 degrees, Australia has successfully undertaken its first midwinter airdrop to Casey research station in Antarctica.

  • Emperor Penguins

    Declaration marking 25th Anniversary of Madrid Protocol

    31 May 2016

    Antarctic countries have released a Declaration to mark the 25th anniversary of a milestone agreement which banned mining in Antarctica.

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