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  • 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.

  • Flags at half mast

    Family statement: David Wood

    14 January 2016

    A statement from the Wood and Macdonald families.

  • Flags at half mast

    Injured Antarctic helicopter pilot dies

    12 January 2016

    The helicopter pilot injured in an incident on a remote ice shelf near Australia’s Davis research station late yesterday has died.

  • An Adelie penguin colony near Casey station.

    Adélie penguin population almost doubles in East Antarctica

    22 October 2015

    Adélie penguin populations in East Antarctica have almost doubled over the past 30 years, according to research published in PLOS ONE today.

  • A typical olive green moss turf near Casey station

    Bomb spike in Antarctic moss shows East Antarctic climate is changing

    28 November 2011

    Chemical clues absorbed from the atmosphere by Antarctic mosses during nuclear tests in 1950s and 60s, have provided scientists with evidence of significant climate change in East Antarctica.

  • King Penguins on the beach on Macquarie Island

    Discover Antarctica's biological diversity

    22 May 2011

    Antarctica is the coldest, windiest, driest land mass on earth, so you may be surprised at the diversity of life to be found on the continent and in its surrounding waters.

  • A Twin Otter flies over the flags of countries participating in AGAP.

    Antarctic ice sheet grows from below

    4 March 2011

    Antarctic scientists have made a startling new discovery: the Antarctic ice sheet grows from below.

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