Antarctic Watch Headlines 11/20/2022

There Could Be Something Big Living Deep Beneath the Antarctic Ice
Newsweek, 2022-11-17
There are two different types of Antarctic ice: land ice and sea ice. Sea ice is formed when the upper layers of the Southern Ocean freeze over. The ice cover is seasonal and, in the summer, most of this ocean ice melts away. Blooms of photosynthetic algae …

Chemical weapons may not protect Antarctic seafloor animals and their value for drug discovery
EurekAlert!, 2022-11-17
In a “Marine Drugs” paper, Conxita Avila and her colleagues test the chemical defenses of 29 Antarctic marine species in terms of their ability to repel foreign predators. They found most of the Antarctic species could repel Mediterranean amphipods,

Scientists suspect microscopic life may be blooming under Antarctic sea ice
Inverse on, 2022-11-17
Researchers discover evidence that suggests large-scale phytoplankton blooms could exist under sea ice in Antarctica — a surprising revelation.

Vast phytoplankton blooms may be lurking beneath Antarctic ice, 2022-11-17
Until now, it’s been a common belief that the packed sea ice of the Southern Ocean blocked all light from reaching the sea beneath, preventing phytoplankton—tiny algae that are the base of aquatic food webs—from growing there.

Scientists say harassment in the Antarctic must stop — but US plan falls short
Nature, 2022-11-16
National Science Foundation pledges changes to address sexual harassment and assault in its Antarctic research programme.

Study of sub-Antarctic islands sheds more light on climate change
The Citizen, 2022-11-18
Feature text available. (Photo by Gallo Images / GO! / Jon Minster) A study of the sub-Antarctic islands has given researchers better understanding of climate change, revealing a temperature rise in the southern hemisphere, while some locations experienced …

Historical home that once hosted Shackleton before Antarctic expedition gutted by blaze, 2022-11-18
Devonia was built in 1887, housed the famous explorer before he headed south to the ice, and was owned by the same family for 100 years. Now it is in ruins.

This Paralympian Will Attempt to Cross the Antarctic Plateau on a Hand Bike
Outside, 2022-11-17
British explorer Karen Darke wants to become the first paraplegic person to ride an adaptive cycle in Antarctica

Giant Blooms of Microscopic Life Seem to Be Thriving Beneath Antarctic Ice
ScienceAlert on, 2022-11-17
The Southern Ocean’s vast shelves of floating ice appear to hide sprawling blooms of phytoplankton, a discovery that could significantly change our understanding of Antarctica’s marine ecosystem and how it might be impacted by climate change.

Antarctic trekker sets off with record in sight
BBC News on, 2022-11-14
An Army officer who made history trekking to the South Pole has begun a challenge to become the first woman to cross Antarctica alone and unsupported.Preet Chandi, known as “Polar Preet”, aims to travel more than 1,