Antarctic Watch Headlines 06/05/2022

Stranded sub-Antarctic fur seal admitted to uShaka Sea World after condition fails to improve
IOL News, 2022-06-05
Durban – The sub-Antarctic fur seal that washed up on Winklespruit beach is now in the care of the South African Association for Marine Biological Research (Saambr) after its condition did not improve. Saambr’s Ann Kunz said that on Wednesday night …

A Century of Antarctic Agriculture Is Helping Scientists Grow Food in Space
The Wire, 2022-05-30
Just as in Antarctic history, the question of how to grow plants is central to any discussion of possible human settlements on the Moon or Mars. People eventually abandoned effort

Antarctic cruise where science and travel meet
The Australian, 2022-06-04
Studying microplastic samples under the guidance of a doctor in geochemistry, watching a weather-balloon launch and boarding a 7.4m submarine are three things I never expected to experience on a cruise.

Dyer: Canadian engineer may have solution that could save Antarctic ice sheets
London Free Press, 2022-06-05
Ninety per cent of ice flowing to the sea from the Antarctic ice sheet, and about half of that lost from Greenland, travels in narrow, fast ice streams measuring tens of kilometres or less across. Stemming the largest flows would allow the ice sheets to thicken,

Queen’s Birthday Honours 2022: Bay sportsman, maths educator and Antarctic conservator honoured
The New Zealand Herald, 2022-06-05
“I had no idea this was coming.” Dr Ian Hawes, a recognised expert in cyanobacteria (blue-green algae), found out “a couple of weeks ago” that he would be awarded the New Zealand Antarctic Medal. “Obviously, I’m really pleased. The really cool thing about …

More than 100 years of Antarctic agriculture is helping scientists grow food in space, 2022-05-23
Figuring 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. On May 12, 2022, a team of scientists announced that they had successfully grown plants using lunar soil gathered during the Apollo moon missions.

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.

Tracking the demise of a giant Antarctic iceberg, 2022-05-26
As soon as an iceberg is born it starts to die. Waves chip away at its edges, air thaws it from above, and water melts it from below. Scientists recently chronicled such death throes for one of the world’s largest-known icebergs and published their research in Remote Sensing of Environment.

Breakthrough discovery of groundwater beneath Antarctic ice sheet – and what it may mean for sea level rise
Yahoo News, 2022-06-03
For the first time, scientists have found evidence of water in the ground deep below the Antarctic ice sheet. The findings, published on Thursday, offers new insight into how ice might respond to warming temperatures with the progression of the climate crisis.

How More Than a Century of Antarctic Agriculture Is Helping Scientists Grow Food in Space
Modern Farmer, 2022-05-24
Scientists just grew plants in soil from the moon, but the world’s southernmost continent has long provided researchers with the perfect place to test their agricultural techniques.