Arctic iron ore for European steel production

The Mary River iron orebody of „Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation“ on Baffin Island in Nunavut is considered as one of the largest iron containing orebodies with more than 65 % content. This is good news for the economy and thereby growing wealth of the Canadian territory of Nunavut.

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Taking google street view to South Georgia, a remote Antarctic island

South Georgia Island sits at the fringes of Antarctica with wild ice-covered peaks, soaring albatrosses, constant wind, massive glaciers calving, and wave-pounded beaches filled with wildlife so dense that it is hard to walk. In summer thousands of fur seals, elephant seals and penguins congregate here to fight, mate and rear their young. But recently a rather extraordinary sight could be seen at South Georgia, a man with an alien-like appendage strapped onto his back. It was explained as the arrival of Google Streetview to South Georgia.

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Celebrating the heroes of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition – New Stamp Release

A series of three stamp issues celebrating three ‘Heroes of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition’ was released on November 5th to mark the centenary of the arrival of the expedition at Grytviken whaling station.

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Abnormal feather loss observed in penguins in Antarctica

The pathological loss of plumage or feather-loss disorder has been observed in penguins in South Africa and South America since 2006. Thereby, the insulating feathers, an important protection against the cold weather conditions, are falling out in many parts of the body. The cause of this disease remains unknown to date. It is even unclear whether the disease is viral or bacterial. On the positive side, the disease seems to be not as virulent as feared. Only a small numbers of individual birds have been reported to be affected so far.

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Research icebreaker Polarstern returns from the Antarctic prematurely

The German research icebreaker Polarstern will end its current expedition to the Antarctic earlier than planned. Due to hydraulic problems in the port engine, the ship will return to Bremerhaven for repairs in mid-March.

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John Franklin’s ships bell found in the Arctic

Few expeditions are shrouded with more mysteries than the Arctic expedition by British Royal Navy officer and explorer John Franklin who set out in search of the Northwest Passage. When ice trapped his two ships all 129 men were lost. Recently one of the ships the HMS Erebuswas found nearly 170 years after the ill-fated expedition. Divers have now recovered a bronze bell from the wreck.

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New polar underwater lab to study seafloor acidification

What carbon dioxide (CO2) is doing to our atmosphere is common knowledge, but the effects it has on our oceans are not nearly as well studied. This is about to change. Scientists will simulate a future ocean floor under the sea ice off the Australian Antarctic station at Casey this summer to observe the potential impact of ocean acidification on seafloor communities.

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The Greenlandic ice sheet goes HD

The Greenland Ice Sheet is ready for its close-up. The highest-resolution satellite images ever taken of that region are making their debut. And while each individual pixel represents only one moment in time, taken together they show the ice sheet as a kind of living body – flowing, crumbling and melting out to sea.

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The first women at the South Pole

Forty-five years ago the first six women set foot at the South Pole in November 1969. These women were: New Zealander Pamela Young who worked under the New Zealand Antarctic programme as a field assistant to her biologist husband; Lois Jones, a geochemist at Ohio State University, who headed an all-female team consisting of Terry Lee Tickhill Terrell, Eileen McSaveney and Kay Lindsay to a study lakes in Antarctica's Dry Valleys and Jean Pearson, a reporter for the Detroit Free Press.

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South Korea opens new Antarctic cooperation office in Christchurch, New Zealand

Amongst the nations that are showing a growing interest in Antarctica are many Asian countries such as China, India, Japan and South Korea. Several new stations have been constructed and the national research efforts are increased step by step.

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