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  • 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.

  • Dr Ian Allison

    Dr Ian Allison receives top scientific honour

    23 May 2016

    Former Australian Antarctic Division climate scientist, Dr Ian Allison, has been announced as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.

  • The calving front of the Totten Glacier ice shelf

    Nature paper predicts extensive ice loss from Antarctic glacier

    19 May 2016

    Research published in the prestigious journal Nature has revealed the Earth’s largest ice sheet and a warming climate could lead to a rise in sea level of several metres in coming centuries to millennia.

  • Image of new icebreaker

    Antarctic budget investment

    4 May 2016

    A new era of Antarctic engagement sees the Government investing new funding of $2.167 billion to deliver key priorities under the Australian Antarctic Strategy and 20 Year Action Plan.

  • A graphic of the new icebreaker in the ice

    Contract signed for Australia's new icebreaker

    28 April 2016

    The Australian Government has signed a contract for Australia’s new icebreaker, amounting to a $1.912 billion investment, with the custom built ship due to arrive in Australia in mid-2020.

  • Hägglunds on fast ice near Mawson 2013

    A new era of Antarctic endeavour

    27 April 2016

    A new era of Antarctic engagement was announced today with the launch of the Australian Antarctic Strategy and 20 Year Action Plan.

  • Akademik Tryoshnikov

    Australian scientists to join international colleagues for Antarctic circumnavigation voyage

    19 April 2016

    Scientists from the Australian Antarctic Division will investigate the impact of micro plastics on the Southern Ocean food web and use innovative technology to undertake an Antarctic whale survey during an international circumnavigation voyage of Antarctica later this year.

  • Photo of Chief Investigator

    Rare krill ‘super-swarm’ a voyage highlight

    23 March 2016

    More than 100 humpback whales feeding on a rare super-swarm of krill was a highlight of the Australian Antarctic programme’s major marine science voyage on the Aurora Australis. 

  • Helicopter being loaded on to C17 at Wilkins Aerodrome.

    Air Force proves its capability in Antarctica again

    14 March 2016

    A C-17A Globemaster III has touched down at Wilkins Aerodrome for the sixth time since November 2015.

  • The Aurora Australis arriving in Fremantle

    Aurora Australis arrives in Fremantle

    12 March 2016

    The Aurora Australis has arrived in Fremantle after completing a 10-day voyage from Mawson research station. 

  • Expeditioners from Davis with an LC130 plane at McMurdo

    Australian Government thanks Antarctic community for support

    12 March 2016

    The Environment Minister has thanked the international Antarctic community for support offered to the Australian Antarctic programme following the recent grounding of the Aurora Australis.

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