World's Largest Iceberg Breaks Off In Antarctica

The massive chunk of ice floating in the Weddell Sea was first spotted on May 13 2021, measuring approximately 170 km long and 25 km wide, it boasts a surface area of 4,300 sq km and is currently the world's largest iceberg.

Massive iceberg breaks off from Antarctica

A giant iceberg, larger than the size of most European cities, has broken away from Antarctica. Scientists had been expecting a huge chunk of ice to break away for almost a decade after the first "vast cracks" had formed.

Ozone hole is one of the largest in last 15 years

The Ozone hole over the Antarctica continent has become unprecedentedly deeper and larger in the last 15 years, the latest finding of the World Meteorological Organization has shown. It has reached its peak of at 24 mil square km.

Antarctica's seafloor is leaking methane

Scientists believe that immense quantities of methane are stored under Antarctica’s seafloor. They don’t know the leak’s cause, but global warming probably isn’t to blame, since the Ross Sea has not yet warmed significantly.

South Pole warmed three times the global rate

Temperature data shows that the desolate region has warmed at three times the global warming rate over the last three decades up through 2018, the South Pole's hottest year on record.

The South Pole Is Warming Three Times Faster

A recent study found that, in the last three decades, the region has warmed at three times the global rate, with an increase of 0.61°C per decade.

Antarctica Was Once A Rainforest

A team of scientists drilled into the ground near the South Pole to discover that 90 million years ago Antarctica was once home to a swampy rainforest and had average temperatures around +11C. 

A Glacier in Antarctica Has Retreated With Astonishing Speed

In nearly three decades, Denman Glacier has already retreated some five km and lost over 250 billion tons of ice. In the worst case scenario, the damage could be much greater.

A new island emerged off the coast of Antarctica

The island—named Sif after the goddess of Earth and the wife of thunder god Thor—is big enough for satellites to spot from space but had previously been hidden under ice. Climate change is likely to blame for the reveal.

Dramatic Melting of Antarctica

On February 6, 2020, weather stations recorded the hottest temperature on record for Antarctica. Thermometers reached 18.3 C (64.9 F). During the warming event, around 1.5 square km of snowpack became saturated with melt water.

Antarctic ice sheets are melting from above and below

Upside-down rivers lapping at the bottoms of ice sheets and brilliant blue mini-lakes dotted on top may be speeding up Antarctic melting. As the Earth continues to warm, both processes could hasten the demise of Antarctica’s icy armor.

Scientists drill to record depths in West Antarctica

Using a hot-water drill, British scientists have dug a 7,060-foot borehole through the Antarctic ice sheet. This largest ever ice hole for West Antarctica is meant to improve our understanding of climate-related sea level rise.

Lost Continents Hiding Under Antarctica

Antarctica was once part of the supercontinent Gondwana, which began to disintegrate some 130 million years ago, although the bond between Antarctica and Australia held together as recently as 55 million years ago.

Bedrock in West Antarctica rising and its good news

The findings have surprising and positive implications for the survival of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet which scientists had previously thought could be doomed because of the effects of climate change.

Antarctic ice sheet mass loss has increased

Mass losses of the Antarctica have increased global sea level by 7.6 mm since 1992, with 40% of this rise coming in the last five years alone. In West Antarctica, mass losses today amount to about 160 billion tons per year.