Discovering Antarctica’s fragile frozen secrets
Antarctica is the coldest, driest, windiest and highest continent on Earth. What makes the frozen continent so valuable to scientists and vulnerable to human contact?
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NIWA Scientist Mike Williams is looking at how icebergs move – from calving from Antarctica through to travelling the ocean currents.
A glacier is a mass of ice derived from snow that has accumulated and been compacted over a long period of time. About 70 percent of the Earth’s freshwater resource is stored in glacial ice. Ice...
Ice, icebergs and glaciers have a lot to tell us about Earth’s history, and our understanding of this has changed significantly over time.
Scientists Megan Balks and Jackie Aislabie are studying old oil spills in Antarctica to understand more about the decomposition process and its relationship to micro-organisms and climate.