Antarctic Watch Headlines 06/20/2022

Australian Antarctic Team Plunges Into Icy Water for Mid-Winter Swim
Yahoo, 2022-06-21
According to the Australian Antarctic Program’s website, there are 90 expeditioners wintering at Casey, Davis, Mawson and Macquarie Island research stations this year. At Australia’s most remote station, Mawson, the sun is currently down all day …

Scientists find microplastics in fresh Antarctic snow for first time
Radio Pakistan, 2022-06-20
Scientists have found microplastics in freshly fallen Antarctic snow for the first time. A PhD student, Alex Aves from University of Canterbury said “we collected snow samples from 19 sites across Ross Island region of Antarctica and found microplastics in …

Antarctic expeditioners take midwinter dip
Perth Now, 2022-06-21
Australia’s Antarctic expeditioners have taken an icy plunge to mark the shortest day of the year, although some will have to wait until the end of the month to see the sun rise. The traditional swim is part of their “Christmas celebrations” on the frozen …

How Antarctic Krill Coordinate the Biggest Swarms in the World
Scientific American, 2022-06-16
Antarctic krill form the biggest biomass swarms on Earth. “You can even see them from space,” says Alicia Burns, a behavioral biologist at Taronga Conservation Society Australia. Krill swarms play a vital role in the food chain and in cycling atmospheric carbon into the depths of the Southern Ocean.

Report: Antarctic is changing dramatically, with global consequences, 2022-06-13
A new report from the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) reveals how climate change is significantly impacting Antarctica’s ice sheets, climate and ecosystems, with far-reaching global consequences.

In a First, Microplastics Are Found in Fresh Antarctic Snow
Smithsonian Magazine, 2022-06-16
Scientists have found microplastics—small plastic debris about the size of a sesame seed—in freshly fallen snow in Antarctica for the first time. They published their findings

Microplastics Found in Antarctic Snows for the First Time
CNET, 2022-06-08
The pollution could cause the degradation of the fragile Antarctic ecosystem and climate and affect marine life from bacteria and krill to penguins. Microplastics have been found in the snows of Antarctica for the first time ever, according to a study …

Microplastics found in fresh Antarctic snow, as pollutants spread
Washington Post on, 2022-06-09
New Zealand researchers collected snow samples from 19 sites in Antarctica and found microplastics in every one, a study says.

Microplastics sully Antarctic snow — and science might be to blame
Nature, 2022-06-14
Snow that fell on a remote Antarctic island in 2019 contained tiny pieces of plastic — probably pollution from nearby research bases 1. Plastic materials break down over time to form microplastics, small fragments that can be carried long distances by wind and water.

Scientists find microplastics in fresh Antarctic snow for the first time
CNBC, 2022-06-10
The discovery highlights the extent of global plastic pollution as even the remote region of Antarctica experiences contamination.