Antarctic Watch Headlines 11/29/2022

Hidden Ecosystems? NASA’s New Evidence of Vast Life Lurking Beneath Antarctic Ice
SciTech Daily, 2022-11-29
Scientists using NASA’s Earth observing system find evidence of phytoplankton blooms hidden beneath Antarctic sea ice. Until now, researchers believed the packed sea ice of the Southern Ocean (also known as the Antarctic Ocean) blocked all light from reaching the sea beneath.

Microplastics Found in Formerly ‘Pristine’ Antarctic Water, Air, Sediment
ExtremeTech, 2022-11-28
An Antarctic research expedition has found microplastics in the continent’s water, air, and sediment, suggesting a level of pollution far higher than expected. Nekton, a nonprofit ocean research initiative,

New seaweed discovered 100m below Antarctic Ocean
BBC News on, 2022-11-28
Scientists have discovered a new kind of seaweed 100 metres below the surface of the Antarctic Ocean.Researchers found the red alga, Palmaria decipiens, and successfully collected samples to examine further.

Seaweed found living 100m below Antarctic ice shelf
The National on, 2022-11-29
Scientists working in the Antarctic region have discovered a type of seaweed living at depths about 100m below the surface. Researchers hailed the discovery of red alga Palmaria decipiens deep under water as being “important for furthering our knowledge of Antarctica”.

British Antarctic expedition to research metabolic cost of polar travel
MercoPress, 2022-11-29
British members of a tri-service military and civilian research team have set off on an Antarctic expedition to research the metabolic cost of sustained polar travel.

Australian Antarctic Division boss says ‘self-reinforcing culture’ limited internal authority to make change
Australian Broadcasting Corporation on, 2022-11-28
Kim Ellis tells parliament he did not have internal authority to make cultural change until a damning report revealed allegations of sexual harassment at remote research stations.

University of Oxford: Synthetic fibres discovered in Antarctic samples show the ‘pristine’ continent is now a sink for plastic pollution
India Education Diary, 2022-11-29
Fibrous polyesters, primarily from textiles, were found in all samples. The majority of microplastic fibres identified were found in the Antarctic air samples, revealing that Antarctic animals and seabirds could be breathing them.

Explore The Antarctic Aboard A State-Of-The-Art Expedition Ship
Forbes, 2022-11-25
Named after the renowned marine biologist, oceanographer, explorer and conservationist Dr. Sylvia Earle, this state-of-the-art expedition ship will be a floating ambassador for the conservation of the planet.

Synthetic fibres discovered in Antarctic air, seawater, sediment and sea ice as the ‘pristine’ continent becomes a sink for plastic pollution
Staffordshire University, 2022-11-28
A new study has revealed the discovery of synthetic plastic fibres in air, seawater, sediment and sea ice sampled in the Antarctic Weddell Sea