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  • 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.

  • Milky Way above Australia's Davis research station

    Antarctic lessons for space

    Antarctica is the closest you can get to space without leaving Earth.

  • new Australian Antarctic Science Council

    New Australian Antarctic Science Council meets

    The newly formed Australian Antarctic Science Council met in Canberra for the first time.

  • A green laser probes high-altitude clouds above Davis research station, in a night sky of auroras and stars.

    Antarctic laser probes ozone-eating clouds

    For the first time this Antarctic winter, but a little later than usual, polar stratospheric clouds have been detected above Davis research station.

  • Davis research station Weather Observer, Amy Geels, braves the minus 1.5 degrees water

    Australians plunge into ice hole in midwinter dark

    It’s minus 23 degrees Celsius, dark and you’re standing on the edge of a hole dug into the sea-ice – what do you do?

  • Former French Prime Minister Michel Rocard with former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke, signing a book.

    Tribute to former Prime Minister Bob Hawke

    The Australian Antarctic Program is today paying tribute to former Prime Minister, Robert (Bob) Hawke, who played a pivotal role in conserving Antarctica for future generations.

  • Two of the tractors ready to undergo a transformation

    Tractor transformation time

    Hold still, this won’t hurt a bit! A fleet of tractor transformers are being Antarcti-fied in Hobart.

  • Southern Ocean and iceberg on grey stormy day

    World Oceans Day 2019

    For World Oceans Day, we ask: how awesome is the Southern Ocean?

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