the best science on the web about
Antarctica

Antarctica
Image: BBC

Antarctica

The coldest, driest, and windiest continent on Earth is home to penguins, seals, algae, and bacteria, among other organisms.

More than just a massive mile-thick ice sheet, Antarctica is an important scientific vantage point. Investigate the location that has attracted scientists and explorers for more than a century.

BBC
Loading...
Life Beneath the ‘Berg

Life Beneath the ‘Berg

Icebergs deposit iron into the sea, which boosts tiny plant and algae growth. How does carbon enter into this process? Find out in this exploration of the Antarctic climate cycle. More...

Article
Science News for Students
Melt of Key Antarctic Glaciers ‘Unstoppable’

Melt of Key Antarctic Glaciers ‘Unstoppable’

Global sea levels could rise 10-13 feet if the West Antarctic Ice Sheet completely melted. Part of it has now "passed the point of no return" according to two recent studies. Get the details. More...

Article
Scientific American
Watching the Birth of an Iceberg

Watching the Birth of an Iceberg

In 2011, scientists discovered an 18-mile-long crack in a massive glacier in Antarctica. They documented the growing rift through ice, waiting for an iceberg to be created. More...

Video
NASA
Adrienne Block: Geologist

Adrienne Block: Geologist

From the time she was a child, Adrienne was amazed by "the enormity of things." Now she studies massive mountain ranges in Antarctica. Listen to her share her wonderment — and her secret talent. More...

Profile
NOVA/PBS
Antarctic Voyage Brings Home Rare Glimpse Under the Sea Ice

Antarctic Voyage Brings Home Rare Glimpse Under the Sea Ice

Watch how an underwater robot helps scientists keep track of the krill population in the Antarctic sea, deep beneath the ice. More...

Video
Australian Government
Don’t Be Too Flaky

Don’t Be Too Flaky

All made of the same stuff, ice, snow, and water have different densities. Compare them in this experiment and submit your data for further scientific study. More...

Activity
CARA Research and Education Program
Drill Kit Begins Journey to Antarctica’s Lake Ellsworth

Drill Kit Begins Journey to Antarctica’s Lake Ellsworth

Find out how scientists prepared to search for isolated species of microbes in an Antarctic lake lying two miles beneath the ice. More...

Article
BBC
Polar Videos, News, and Facts

Polar Videos, News, and Facts

Our planet's northern and southern polar regions share icy extremes. Watch to see other similarities — and how they differ. More...

Video
BBC
Shackleton’s Voyage of Endurance

Shackleton’s Voyage of Endurance

Watch historic footage of explorer Ernest Shackleton’s 1914 voyage to Antarctica. See what he and the crew did to survive when their ship froze in the ice. More...

Video
NOVA/PBS
Under Antarctic Ice

Under Antarctic Ice

From delicate sea spiders to hefty Weddell seals, many living things have adapted to the wild and wonderful ecosystem under Antarctica’s ice. More...

Images
NATURE/PBS
Warnings from the Ice: Antarctic Almanac

Warnings from the Ice: Antarctic Almanac

Investigate Antarctica's water, wind, wildlife, land, and ice. Find out what terms are specific to this continent. More...

Article
NOVA/PBS
Zooplankton Research in a Changing Antarctic

Zooplankton Research in a Changing Antarctic

Marine scientist Debbie Steinberg discusses the connection between variations in the population of zooplankton in Antarctica and climate change. More...

Article
Fondriest Environmental, Inc.

Latest Comments

You Also Might Like

  1. geology

    geology

  2. Mohs hardness scale

    Mohs hardness scale

  3. minerals

    minerals

  4. sinkholes

    sinkholes

  5. grasslands

    grasslands