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Diving 1000M Deep In Antarctica [video]

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Rare Glimpse Under Antarctic Sea Ice [video]

 

Active Volcano Found Under Antarctica’s Ice

antarc-volcanoLiveScience reports –

Earthquakes deep below West Antarctica reveal an active volcano hidden beneath the massive ice sheet, researchers said today (Nov. 17) in a study published in the journal Nature Geoscience. The discovery finally confirms long-held suspicions of volcanic activity concealed by the vast West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Several volcanoes poke up along the Antarctic coast and its offshore islands, such as Mount Erebus, but this is the first time anyone has caught magma in action far from the coast.

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Guide To The Bars At The End Of The World

AtlasObscura.com reports –

People have found ways to live in the most inhospitable places on earth. Nearly immediately after finding a way to survive, they have found a way to get drunk. Likely because of, rather than in spite of, the challenges of living in the far reaches of the world, establishing a communal space is a survival necessity. Be it at the base of an active volcano, inside a 6,000-year-old tree, or even on your way to Mount Everest, no matter how far off the grid you end up, you are likely to find a place for strong spirits and lively conversation. In this Essential Guide, Atlas Obscura raises a glass to some of the oldest, most remote, and simply unlikely “Bars at the End of the World” in which to have a drink. Cheers!

Read about drinking establishments in places such as Galindez Island, Antarctica, Adamstown, Pitcairn Island, Birdsville, Australia and others.

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Dogs Have Been Banned From Antarctica For 20 Years

sleddogThe British Antarctic Survey reported that by April 1994, the last dogs were removed

…because of concern that dogs might introduce diseases such as canine distemper that might be transferred to seals, and that they could break free and disturb or attack the wildlife.  It was also thought to be inconsistent for the Protocol to have strict controls on the introduction of non-native species, but at the same time allow huskies to be bred and used in Antarctica. Dogs were taken to the Antarctic on the early ‘heroic age’ expeditions at the turn of the 20th Century. They were instrumental in helping the Norwegian explorer Amundsen and his team to be the first to reach the South Pole in 1911. The fact that the Norwegians were good and experienced dog handlers was thought by many experts to be one of the main reasons that they were able to reach the pole before Scott and his team. Since those days, dogs have been used extensively for polar travel and for the support of scientific work. Although dogs were slower than vehicles, they were considered to be safer as they were not so heavy and it was thought that huskies also had an awareness of crevasses.

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Scenes From Antarctica

Another great photo collection from The Big Picture. This time it is Antarctica. Go to pics.

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