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Swedish icebreaker joins rescue mission
A Swedish icebreaker has left for Antarctica to help rescue the 107 people aboard the stranded Magdalena Oldendorff. It will take the Swedish icebreaker, Oden, five weeks to reach the standed ship. An icebreaker from Argentina and a South African boat are already heading towards Antarctica, but the owners of the Magdalena Oldendorff requested that the Oden joined the rescue operation in case the Argentinian boat fails to cut a path through the ice.
(June 24, 2002)
Polar News


Greenland is a 'gold mine'
Greenland is the centre of attraction of geologists and mine companies because of the mineral riches of the iceland's underground. But winning of minerals is a very slow and expensive process, says Leif Thorning from the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS).
(June 21, 2002)
Ingeniøren

Whales threatened by acoustic pollution
Scientists now fear that the songs of some whales will disappear from the world's oceans, drowned by the increasing noise of commercial ships in the sea. This will be crucial to the future of the whales, because they use distinctive songs as a breeding display. 'Because whales live in a world that is dominated by sounds, they need to be able to distinguish natural sounds from manmade sounds, says Vassli Papastavrou, a whale biologist with the International Fund for Animal Welfare.
(June 21, 2002)
70 South Polar News

Antarctic preservation project
The U.S Based J. Paul Getty Trust has donated 100.000 dollars to a project to preserve historic exploration sites in Antarctica lead by New Zealand's Antarctic Heritage Trust. The aim of the project is to save more than 30 sites related to famous explorers of the frozen continent's Ross Sea Region.
(June 19, 2002)
70 South Polar News
New environmental project in Greenland
The Greenlandic part of an international reserach project is to show if hormonedisturbing chemicals as dioxin, PCB, and DDT are influencing the fertility of Greenlandic man and women. 600 Greenlandic men and women are taking part in the research project, along with the same number of people from Sweden, Poland and the Ukraine.
(June 19, 2002)
KNR

Awaiting rescue mission in the Antarctic
More than 100 people, including 79 Russian scientists are trapped on a ship stuck in the pack-ice in the Antarctic. Ice-breakers from South Africa and Argentina has set out for the Antarctic to rescue the crew, but they are not expecting to reach the stuck cargo ship, Magdalena Oldendorff, before next week. The Magdalena Oldendorff was returning to Cape Town after having supplied Russian Scientific bases in the Antarctic, when it got stuck in the ice. The passengers on the ship have enough food and fuel for the time it will take the rescuers to reach them, but are suffering from the harsh weather conditions in the area. This time of year the temperatures in the area are as low as -50C, and it is dark for 24 hours.
(June 17, 2002)
BBC

Latest news on the Greenlandic ice sheet
At the moment the flow of the Greenlandic ice sheet is making transportion by ship in the area very difficult. The Danish Meteorological Institute provides the latest information on the ice-movements. On their website you can read more about the Greenlandic ice sheet.
(June 14, 2002)
Danmarks Meteorologiske Institut

Greenlands warming ice flows faster
Measurements by US scientists show that the Greenland ice sheet since 1996 has been moving faster during the summer melting season. More melted water than earlier lubricates the sheet, which moves faster towards the coast. According to the scientists this suggest that the ice may be responding more quickly than previously thought to a warming climate.
(June 10, 2002)
BBC

Plant-fossils found in Arctic
Some of the worlds's oldest tropical plants have been discovered locked in the permafrost in the Canadian Arctic. The plants lived 420 million years ago.
(June 10, 2002)
Science Daily

More ice because of higher temperatures!
A new satellite-study from American NASA shows that the seaice in the Antarctic oceans has increased with 200.000 km2 during the last 20 years. The increase of seaice is not evenly distributed, and in some areas there has even been a decline in the seaice. The researchers from NASA explains the increase of seaice in the Antarctic oceans with generally higher temperatures!
(June 6, 2002)
Danmarks Meteorologiske Institut

Antarctic ozone hole 'closed' by 2040?
Japanese researchers say the Antarctic ozone hole may be sewn up as soon as 2040. The new research suggests that ozone recovery may not be so influenced by greenhouse gas concentrations as previously thought.
(June 6, 2002)
Nature

Journalists invited to Antarctica
The manager of the U.S. Antarctic Program, The National Science Foundation (NSF), is accepting written applications from proffesional journalists, who would like to visit Antarctica during the 2002-2003 research season. The jounalists will make individual visits to and report from one or more of the three U.S. research stations in Antarctica.
(May 31, 2002)
NewsWise

Three nations share ice core
Scientists from the United States, France and Russia have agreed to share samples from an ice core taken from the ice sheet above Lake Vostok, deep in the Antarctic interior. Glaciologists, geochemists, and biologists will now use samples of the Vostok ice core to learn more about the subglacial lake.
(May 29, 2002)
National Science Foundation (NSF)

New research on glaciers
A team of scientists are conducting research at the Svartisen glacier in Norway to try to find ot why a glacier can race past at 150 feet a day or slow down to nearly zero. One preliminary discovery made by the team is that the friction between the sediment and the rock fase is more than 20 times as great as mathematical models have predicted, which suggests that simple friction may appply 'the brakes'.
(May 29, 2002)
The New York Times


Background articles

On telescopes and neutrinos from National Post

On the South Pole without sunlight from USA Today