Antarctic Watch Headlines 05/22/2022

To grow food in space, we had to start in the Antarctic
Popular Science, 2022-05-23
The hostile, extreme and alien Antarctic is a convenient analog for space exploration, where nations can test agriculture.

Over 100 years of Antarctic agriculture helping scientists grow food in space, 2022-05-23
Scientists just grew plants in soil from the moon, but Antarctica has long given researchers a perfect place to test ag techniques for a future in space.

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.

My idol is an Antarctic explorer — and it’s not Sir Ernest Shackleton
WBUR, 2022-05-19
It may seem silly for a middle-aged woman to imagine herself as Robert Falcon Scott, the Antarctic explorer who died in 1912 after losing the race to the South Pole. But Scott’s failure is precisely what makes him so fascinating,

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.

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 …

Over 100 years of Antarctic agriculture is helping scientists grow food in space
YAHOO!News, 2022-05-20
The greenhouse at McMurdo Station in Antarctica is the only source of fresh food during winter. Eli Duke/Flickr, CC BY-SAFiguring out how to feed people in space is a major part of a larger effort to demonstrate the viability of long-term human habitation of extraterrestrial environments.