News: 2002

  • Antarctic runway work to begin

    Trial construction of a snow and ice runway inland of Australia’s Casey station in Antarctica will begin soon.

  • Humanities in Antarctica

    Artist Jenni Mitchell and writer and historian Tom Griffiths depart today for Australia’s Casey station in Antarctica. They are participants in the Federal Government’s Antarctic Humanities Program.

  • Australia’s clean up of its Antarctic Territory about to take a major step forward

    Special equipment to tackle the clean up of the old Thala Valley waste site near Casey station in Antarctica will be transported aboard the Polar Bird when it sails today.

  • The iced-up bunk of Belgrave Edward Sutton Ninnis in Mawson's main hut, when uncovered in 2002.

    Ninnis’ bunk uncovered on anniversary of his death in Antarctica

    On the eve of the 90th anniversary of the death of Lieutenant Ninnis, Sir Douglas Mawson’s sledging companion, an Australian Antarctic Division expedition to Mawson’s Huts at Cape Denison has uncovered Ninnis’ bunk under ice inside the main hut.

  • Home of the Blizzard lives up to its reputation

    Gale force winds and heavy seas have prevented the Russian icebreaker Kapitan Khlebnikov ferrying ashore a surprise Christmas hamper and the ninth member of a team working to conserve Mawson’s Huts at Cape Denison in Antarctica.

  • One side of the stove in Mawson's main hut is visible through ice and other detritus, when uncovered in 2002.

    Antarctic historic treasures revealed

    The stove used by Australian Antarctic explorer Sir Douglas Mawson and his companions during their 1911–1914 expedition to the frozen continent has been freed from its icy cocoon.

  • Major German–Australian science project in Antarctica

    A major Australian Antarctic Division collaborative science program will take a significant step forward today with the departure of German and Australian scientists aboard the Antarctic icebreaker, Aurora Australis.

  • Australia’s Antarctic practices get environmental gold star

    Australia maintains its position as a role model for environmentally sound operations in the Antarctic with the Australian Antarctic Division’s environmental management system being certified to the international standard.

  • Mawson’s Antarctic living quarters revealed

    Sir Douglas Mawson’s living quarters at his Cape Denison Antarctic base have revealed some historically significant artefacts.

  • World leading system wins award nomination

    A world leading computer system developed at the Australian Antarctic Division in Tasmania that automates the reporting of environmental data has been nominated as a finalist for a prestigious international award.

  • Combating illegal fishing on agenda for international Antarctic meeting

    Moves to crack down on illegal fishing in Antarctic waters will be on the agenda when representatives of more than 20 nations meet in Hobart next week.

  • Heritage expedition announced for Mawson’s Huts

    An Australian expedition will set sail for Antarctica tomorrow on the French Antarctic vessel L'Astrolabe to complete vital conservation and restoration work on Mawson’s Huts.

  • Australian Antarctic chief wins international role

    The Director of the Australian Antarctic Division has been appointed chairman of the Antarctic Treaty’s Committee for Environment Protection, the body entrusted with developing measures to protect Antarctica’s unique environment.

  • The Kapitan Khlebnikov Icebreaker anchored against sea ice off Davis

    Expeditioners prepare for first Antarctic voyage of season

    A range of scientific programs to examine global climate change and a research expedition to uncover secrets about the continental split of Australia from Antarctica will be a focus of a busy summer season of scientific research on the icy continent.

  • World expert assists on Antarctic airlink project

    The next stage in the development of Australia’s proposed air transport link with Antarctica is underway with a workshop at the Australian Antarctic Division at Kingston, near Hobart.

  • Ancient Antarctic ice gives up climate change secrets

    Prevailing theories about climate change have been challenged by new analysis from Australian and French scientists, in research to be published in the international journal Science this week.

  • Mawson’s Antarctic huts to get some TLC

    The process of conserving the Antarctic site of the first expedition led by Australian Antarctic pioneer Sir Douglas Mawson will take a big step forward later this year when an expedition lands in Antarctica to conserve the historic remains.

  • Antarctic Medal award acknowledges quiet achiever

    The 2002 award of the Antarctic Medal to a Hobart man was a public acknowledgment of his outstanding commitment and service to Australia’s Antarctic work over many years, Dr Sharman Stone, Parliamentary Secretary responsible for the Antarctic said today.

  • Antarctic storms likely cause of penguin deaths

    The deaths of more than 120 penguins near Australia’s Mawson station late last year appear to have been caused by natural events, probably severe spring storms, scientists have determined.

  • Antarctic beauty on show at Parliament House

    'Antarctica: valued, protected and understood' was opened by Dr Stone this morning on the first floor of the Presiding Officers’ Exhibition Area.

  • $102M to protect Australian Antarctic Territory

    The Commonwealth Government will spend $102.3 million in 2002–03 to deepen understanding of Australia’s Antarctic Territory and to protect Southern Ocean fisheries, among other activities.

  • 10-year cleanup plan recognises unique value of Antarctic environment

    Australia will give its environmental credentials a further boost by committing to a 10 year plan to clean up old Australian Antarctic waste sites, Dr Sharman Stone announced tonight.

  • $670,000 in Antarctic science grants awarded

    Global and regional climate change, the health and well being of the wildlife and managing the Southern Ocean ecosystem are the main study themes among the Antarctic research projects granted Australian Government funding this year.

  • Conference shows Australia means business in protecting Antarctic environment

    Australia’s leading role in studying how to reduce the impact of human activity in the Antarctic was an indication of how seriously it took its obligation to protect the polar environment, Dr Sharman Stone said today.

  • Big Antarctic ice break-out raises climate change concern

    The recent loss of an area of nearly 8800 square kilometres from the Antarctic ice sheet is a disturbing reminder of the fact of global warming as a reality.

  • Aurora Australis returns with promise of joint Australia-Indonesia Antarctic science cooperation

    Returning to Hobart on the Aurora Australis are two Indonesian scientists who visited Davis station, presenting a plaque with a message of friendship and cooperation between near neighbours.

  • Successful voyage sees start to Antarctic wind power project

    The return to Hobart of Australia’s Antarctic supply ship, Polar Bird, tomorrow ends a successful month-long voyage which saw the off-loading of a 100-tonne crane at Mawson, to be used in the construction of the station’s new wind turbine system.

  • Aurora beats ice conditions in hunt for science treasures

    Two weeks of hide-and-seek in polar pack ice by the Australian research ship Aurora Australis has ended in success with the retrieval of instruments moored deep in the seas off Antarctica’s coast and the valuable scientific data they contained.

  • Sydney company chosen to progress Antarctic air link

    Australian Antarctic scientists are now a step closer to having air access to the ice. Following assessment of several industry proposals, it was announced today that Sydney-based company Skytraders had been selected as the preferred supplier.

  • Tangaroa sails for Antarctica to undertake marine research

    Japan’s Antarctic Research Expeditions has chartered the New Zealand owned Tangaroa for their first dedicated marine science cruise.

  • Mawson’s huts construction with workers on the roof and around the hut

    Mawson’s home in the blizzard secured

    An important piece of Australia’s heritage has a more secure future following the Federal Government’s decision to endorse a conservation management plan for Mawson’s huts at Cape Denison, Antarctica.

  • Agreement to be signed on international Antarctic science venture

    An agreement to be signed today will formalise plans for an Australian–German team of scientists and support staff to undertake an intensive study next summer of the physical and climatic history of Antarctica’s remote southern Prince Charles Mountains.

  • New Kingston facilities to enhance Antarctic research capability

    An enhanced research capability for the Australian Antarctic Division will be the outcome of construction and refurbishment work to begin at the AAD’s Kingston headquarters on Monday.

  • Map detailing the location of the freed Polar Bird.

    Polar Bird free of Antarctic ice after mammoth effort

    A month trapped in Antarctic ice has ended for Australia’s supply ship Polar Bird, freed from the close pack ice of Prydz Bay early today after a round-the-clock rescue operation by the icebreaker Aurora Australis.

  • Aurora Australis breaks through ice to reach Antarctic ship

    The Australian icebreaker Aurora Australis has broken through the final few kilometres of heavy pack ice to reach the supply ship Polar Bird.

  • Australia’s Antarctic supply ship struggles to break free of ice pack

    Polar Bird, Australia’s polar supply ship, has been able to make its first tentative moves since becoming stuck in thick pack-ice in Prydz Bay on 16 December.

  • Round-the-clock effort completes Polar Bird program

    The Australian icebreaker Aurora Australis has completed the remaining task on the schedule of the trapped Antarctic supply ship Polar Bird in a round-the-clock effort by expeditioners and crew at Mawson station.

  • Aurora Australis to move stranded expeditioners

    Australia’s polar research ship Aurora Australis is to transport scientists and other expedition members from the icebound Polar Bird to Mawson station in an effort to get the summer Antarctic program back on schedule.

  • Japan criticised over Antarctic whaling activity

    Dr Sharman Stone, Parliamentary Secretary responsible for the Australian Antarctic Program, today expressed real disappointment that Japan had been found with a factory and chaser ships continuing “scientific whaling” activity in the Antarctic.