Antarctic Watch Headlines 05/18/2022

Sea ice can control Antarctic ice sheet stability, new research finds, 2022-05-13
Despite the rapid melting of ice in many parts of Antarctica during the second half of the 20th century, researchers have found that the floating ice shelves which skirt the eastern Antarctic Peninsula have undergone sustained advance over the past 20 years.

Microplastics Research In The Antarctic Often Requires Creative Solutions
Middle East North Africa Financial Network, 2022-05-16
The researchers want to find out how animals and bacteria in the Antarctic are affected by microplastics. In this blog series they give us insight into their work and life on board a polar expedition.

The Quest to Save an Antarctic Kingdom Before It Falls Into Ruin
CNET, 2022-05-05
The dramatic tale stopped all of King’s children from wanting to own a motorcycle. All except Rob King, a krill biologist at the Australian Antarctic Division. In the world of Antarctic krill, the 6-foot-6 Rob King is a giant — literally and figuratively.

Antarctic sea ice volume reaches record low
MSN, 2022-05-12
The volume of Antarctic sea ice is now at its lowest since records began, reversing a trend of expansion over the last five years, according to scientists. Less than two million square kilometers (772,000 miles) of ice sheet remain at the South Pole for …

Some Antarctic ice shelves grew in area over the last 20 years – study
YAHOO!News, 2022-05-12
Researchers say their findings ‘highlight the complexity and often-overlooked importance of sea ice’ to the health of ice shelves.

What’s behind the surprising growth of one Antarctic ice sheet?
Euronews on, 2022-05-13
Scientists think changing wind patterns and floating sea ice has led to the growth of ice sheets in eastern Antarctica. View on euronews

Newly discovered lake may hold secret to Antarctic ice sheet’s rise and fall, 2022-05-09
Scientists investigating the underside of the world’s largest ice sheet in East Antarctica have discovered a city-size lake whose sediments might contain a history of the ice sheet since its earliest beginnings.

Ancient groundwater discovered deep below Antarctic ice
Washington Examiner on, 2022-05-09
Scientists ventured beneath the surface to discover a reservoir of water hidden thousands of feet below an ice sheet in western Antarctica.

Diversity of Microbial Eukaryotes Along the West Antarctic Peninsula in Austral Spring
Frontiers, 2022-05-16
During a cruise from October to November 2019, along the West Antarctic Peninsula, between 64.32 and 68.37°S, we assessed the diversity and composition of the active microbial eukaryotic community within three size fractions: micro- (> 20 μm), nano- (20 …