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  • Social club president Mel Pike and BreastScreen Tasmania representative Lyn Gibson  standing in front of the pink Hägglunds outside of the Antarctic Division in Kingston Tasmania

    Antarctic snow vehicle goes pink in support of hope

    11 October 2016

    One of Australia’s tracked Antarctic snow vehicles has been painted pink and filled with messages of love and support as a unique tribute to those whose lives have been affected by cancer.

  • Fireball

    Expeditioners learn the ropes in pre-departure training

    6 October 2016

    Antarctic expeditioners have been learning the ropes and playing with fire in the lead up to their departure to the icy continent.

  • Antarctica

    Celebrating 25 years of environmental protection for Antarctica

    4 October 2016

    A quarter of a century after the landmark decision to ban mining in Antarctica indefinitely, Australia has joined the international Antarctic community to reaffirm an unwavering commitment to protect the icy continent from exploitation.

  • Snow blowers at work on the Wilkins runway

    Preparing Australia's Antarctic ice runway

    27 September 2016

    Sub-zero temperatures and snow blowers are the order of the day at Australia’s Antarctic blue-ice runway ahead of the first flight of the season scheduled for October.

  • The Aurora Australis unloading cargo on the sea ice at Davis.

    Resupply contingency plans for early sea-ice retreat

    21 September 2016

    The Australian Antarctic Division is putting in place contingency plans for an aerial resupply of Davis station after an early retreat of Antarctic winter sea-ice coverage this year.

  • Macca

    Future of Macquarie Island

    16 September 2016

    Statement from Minister for the Environment and Energy The Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP.

  • Macca station

    Change in operations on Macquarie Island

    13 September 2016

    The Australian Antarctic Division will use a network of field huts to support future research on Macquarie Island, and will close the existing permanent research station in March next year.

  • Micronekton

    Scientists study fish on the smaller side of the Southern Ocean ecosystem

    9 September 2016

    Scientists from Australia and the European Union have joined forces to better understand the role of micronekton in the marine food web, holding the first project meeting of the new partnership in Hobart today.

  • 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

    Oceanographic instruments attached to Antarctic elephant seals have helped scientists better understand the role melting ice shelves are having in regulating global ocean 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 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!

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