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Antarctica's Summer Solstice. A Natural Phenomenon of the Earth's Maximum Tilt.

If you’ve ever explored the wonderful world of science and atmospheric phenomenon you know about the winter solstice (midwinter, yule, the longest night, jó) which is also Antarctica’s summer solstice. The winter solstice is meant to astronomically mark the beginning of longer days and shorter nights and has long provided excellent opportunity for cultures to [...]

ALE PRESS RELEASE: FINAL 5 FOR ANTARCTIC SABBATICAL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE This Talented Team Will Bring Invaluable Skills, Perspective and Enthusiasm to Participate in Research about Micro Plastics and Ongoing Polar Protection Salt Lake City, Utah November 2019 – An expert panel reviewed tens of thousands of applications who submitted to be part of the Airbnb Antarctic Sabbatical, in partnership with the Ocean [...]

ALE PRESS RELEASE: ANTARCTIC SABBATICAL

Airbnb announced they are funding a research sabbatical in the heart of Antarctica. Led by Antarctic scientist and passionate biogeochemist Kirstie Jones–Williams, five people will join an expedition to explore the impact of humans on Earth’s remotest regions. These five participants will be carefully chosen by Airbnb’s expert team and trained in Chile for an [...]

Non-native Species: A Threat to Antarctica

The introduction of non-native species is a priority conservation concern among Antarctic Treaty countries, and one we share at ALE. Non-native species are one of several major threats to biodiversity – globally and in the Antarctic. They have already profoundly transformed the biodiversity of many sub-Antarctic islands and are increasing on the Antarctic continent itself. [...]

Thwaites - Antarctica's Doomsday Glacier

Posted  07/31/19 in Science, Antarctic Environment

Principal Investigators of the International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration (ITGC) recently conducted a special briefing for UK policy makers, on sea-level rise from Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica. The scientists explained why it is important to reduce the uncertainty on how Thwaites Glacier will contribute to future sea-level rise; how governments will need to adapt to [...]

Changing Antarctic Waters Could Trigger Steep Rise in Sea Levels

Current changes in the ocean around Antarctica are disturbingly close to conditions 14,000 years ago that led to the rapid melting of the Antarctic ice sheets and a three metre rise in global sea levels. New research published in Nature Scientific Reports found that at the end of the last ice age, Antarctic ocean temperatures [...]

Blue-ice Airfields

ALE uses blue-ice airfields to land wheeled aircraft in Antarctica. These snow-free areas are a cornerstone of our operations. But what are blue-ice fields? How are they formed? And what makes them so special? Blue-ice fields are glacial areas that remain snow-free. Most of the Antarctic ice sheet is covered by snow, since the accumulation [...]

The Geology of The Ellsworth Mountains

The glaciated and alpine topography of the Sentinel Range in the Ellsworth Mountains provides excellent climbing terrain for mountaineers with eight of the ten highest peaks in Antarctica being located here. While the majority of visitors to the area come to climb, this region of the continent has plenty to offer adventurers and geologists in [...]

Keeping Cool in Antarctica

Believe it or not, keeping things cool - or even frozen - in Antarctica can be a real challenge due to fluctuating temperatures and the realities of living on a moving glacier, in the most remote corner of the globe.

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