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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)

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

Satellite to track whales
Scientists hoping to study and protect the shrinking whale polpulation have spent 10 years developing a satellite dedicated to tracking the mammal's migration. It is very difficult to follow larger whales from ships, because they migrate all around the world. For example, blue whales travel almost 6.000 kilometers through the Antarctic and Arctic during the summer, and then swim to tropical waters in the winter.
(May 27, 2002)
70South Polar News

Press conference on Lake Vostok
At a press conference on Tuesday, May 28., an international panel of scientists will discuss the latest resarch conducted at Lake Vostok in Antarctica. Exploration of the lake is meant to determine whether life exists there, or not.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) will broadcast the press conference live at 3 p.m. EDT at: http://www.nsf.gov/od/lpa/news/02/lvostok.htm
(May 27, 2002)

South Pole light show
Images of the Aurora Australis, the Southern Lights, have been taken above the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. The pictures are taken by Jonathan Berry who is wintering at the base, which is operated by the United States National Science Foundation (NSF), and currently being rebuild and modernized. See some of the pictures of the Southern Lights here...
(May 24, 2002)

Antarctic icebergs normal
Scientists of the National Snow and Ice Data Center at the University of Colorado say that the icebergs breaking away from Antarctica in recent months are a part of a process that marks a return to iceconditions of years past.
(May 24, 2002)
Polar News

Doubts about age of life on earth
A new analysis of the geology and geochemistry of an isloated corner of Greenland could shave at least 50 million years off the presumed age of the first living thing on the planet.
(May 24, 2002)
National Geographic

Launch of Greenland's new satellite
Today the transponders of Greenland's new Intelsat-903-satellite are switched on. For the first time the communication in Greenland will then be covered by one regional satelliteantenna. This is a significant bettering of the communication in Greenland, which is very dependent on satellitecommunication because of the geographical conditions.
(May 22, 2002)
Ingeniøren ( in Danish only)

Another new ice-break-up
Another iceberg, dubbed D-17, has broken away from Antarctica, this time from the Lazarev Ice Shelf. New icebergs are named for the area quadrant of Antarctica where they appear, and the D-17 is the 17th berg reported since record keeping began in 1976.
(May 22, 2002)
Polar News

Polar bears on the web
The Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI) and the global environment network WWF have launched a website to track the movements of the polarbears across the Arctic, and to discover what effect climate change is having on the bears. They have equipped two female bears, called Louise and Gro, after Louise Arner Boyd, the first woman to fly over the geographic North Pole, and Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Norwegian Prime Minister, now director of the World Health Organization, with radio collars which beam their positions via satellite to the new website.
(May 22, 2002)

Understandig foodchain
Two vessels from the National Science Foundation (NSF) havde sailed to the wintry waters off the Antarctica Peninsula, where they will examine the interlocking links of a foodchain. Last year the project gathered comprehensive data on the distribution and abundance of krill in the Southern Ocean, whose vast productivity depends very much on the Antarctic krill.
(May 17, 2002)

New ice break-off
Another massive iceberg has broken off the Ross Ice Shelf. The latest iceberg is about 200 kilometres long, and the break-off reduces the Antarctic formation to about the size it was in 1911, when Scott's expedition first mapped it.
(May 15, 2002)
Polar News

Webcam on the Northpole
A research expedition has left the first satellite-connected webcam on the Northpole. The webcam is to help researchers collect information on the weatherconditions in the area. The webcam transmits four pictures every day, which can be viewed on the researchers homepage.
(May 15, 2002)

Ice break-off worries scientists
The break-up of the ice shelves in Antarctica is a natural process in itself, but the size and rate of the production of new icebergs worries scientists, who blame global warming. The break offs pose a threat to the world's climate and the way the oceans work, they say.
(May 15, 2002)
Polar News

Ozone hole causes Antarctic cooling
Most scientists blame people, at least in part, for global warming. Now, researchers say people may also be partly to blame for the coooling of Antarctica.
(May 6, 2002)
Polar News

Human waste threatens marine life
According to researchers from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) discarded human debris is encouraging colonization of excotic marine animals in the world's oceans and threatening global biodiversity, particularly in the Southern Ocean. BAS is now investigating the potential impact on Antarctica's native marine animal life.
(May 3, 2002)
British Antarctic Survey

Environmentally concerned tourism
The Danish consultancy firm Rambøll is behind a project to secure an environmentally concerned tourism in Antarctica. As a part of the project the Danish company will try to educate the population and the tourists on how to take care of the environment and try to set up some norms for how far the population should go - both culturally, socially and environmentally - in trying to meet the requests of the tourists.
( May 1, 2002)
Ingeniøren (in Danish only)

New movie on settlers in Greenland
Ivar Sili, who has travelled the Arctic for international magazines since 1976, has made a film about a family of settlers and their lives in the harsh and stunnning nature of Greenland. The movie opens on May 16. at Cinemateket in Copenhagen.
(May 1, 2002)

Polar agency wants new charges
New Zealand's polar agency wants to minimize the damaging effect of commercial activities on the environment in Antarctica. Now the polar agency is discussing whether it is possible to introduce some sort of of charge on the commercial activities in Antarctica, that are based on new research on the white continent.
(May 1, 2002)

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