Photos of the irreversible decline of West Antarctica’s ice sheet

Friday, 23 December, 2016

Photos of the ice sheets in the west of Antarctica, taken as part of NASA’s Operation IceBridge, a project that has been studying the evolution, or would that be the devolution, of the continent’s ice cover over the past eight years.

Their findings appear to indicate that the West Antarctica ice sheet may be in irreversible decline, as a result of rising sea levels.

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White Desert, Antarctica’s one and only luxury resort

Tuesday, 13 September, 2016

White Desert resort, Antarctica

White Desert is the name of Antarctica’s only luxury resort. During the summer months, you can stay in a dome-shaped fiberglass sleeping pod, that is about eight metres in diametre. And from the windows, you can take in the rugged landscape of the southernmost continent. Excursions to the South Pole can also be arranged.

The thing is, you’ll need a lazy forty-five thousand dollars. United States dollars. Though that will buy you an eight night stay. The visit to the South Pole will cost more. Worth it though, if Antarctica is somewhere you’d like to go.

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The beautiful, yet menacing, blue lakes of Antarctica

Wednesday, 24 August, 2016

Meltwater pond, Antarctica. Photo by DigitalGlobe, Inc

Thousands of quite picturesque blue lakes have been appearing on the Langhovde Glacier, in East Antarctica, since the turn of the century. In short, they are meltwater ponds that form as warm air comes into contact with the glacier’s surface. While they may be easy on the eye, they evidence the presence of global warming.

Such ponds have been observed in Greenland for sometime, where ice sheets are now melting at an alarming rate. Unfortunately, it looks like that process is going to start increasing in parts of Antarctica.

Photo by DigitalGlobe, Inc.

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The icebergs of Antarctica as photographed by Anna Vlasova

Thursday, 4 June, 2015

I mention Antarctica here a fair bit I guess… it’s but one place I would like to visit one day. In the meantime though, I’ll have to settle for looking at someone else’s photos, in this case the work of London based photographer Anna Vlasova, of the ice covered continent.

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Antarctica, as filmed with a quadcopter

Wednesday, 6 May, 2015

If you don’t have the Vimeo Staff Pick page bookmarked, you ought to, it’s where I see many of the Vimeos I feature here.

You especially ought to bookmark Antarctica, that was filmed with the aid of a quadcopter, a drone like device used for aerial photography, by Stockholm-based filmmaker Kalle Ljung, since, if you’re not able to travel there, this may be the one of the last chances to see the frozen continent in its pristine beauty, before the ravages of climate change take their toll.

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Since when did Antarctica become a holiday resort?

Monday, 10 November, 2014

Antarctica: The White Continent, is an intriguing collection of images by US photographer Gray Malin… swans, inflatable tubes, deck chairs, beach balls, and all.

Antarctica, unspoilt wilderness, or not for much longer?

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A look at entries in Antarctica’s “48 Hour Films” for 2014

Wednesday, 3 September, 2014

As I’ve said before, filmmaking is alive and thriving in Antarctica by way of 48 Hour Films, an annual film production challenge where participants have, as the name suggests, forty eight hours to produce their entry… a selection of titles from this year’s event have been posted by Anthony Powell.

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One hundred year old photos of Antarctica’s Ross Sea Party

Friday, 13 June, 2014

Photo by Arnold Spencer-Smith?

Last year a box of photographic negatives, that were almost one hundred years old, was found in a room at Robert Falcon Scott’s expedition base at Cape Evans, Antarctica.

Rather than Scott’s team though, the images depict members of Ernest Shackleton’s Ross Sea Party, who were tasked with laying supply depots across the Great Ice Barrier, ahead of the Irish born polar explorer’s 1914 to 1917 Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition.

Thought to have been taken by Arnold Spencer-Smith, who served as the advance group’s photographer, the photos have now been intricately restored, and can be viewed at the Antarctic Heritage Trust website.

Via Imaging Resource.

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To the south pole, one blog post at a time

Tuesday, 19 November, 2013

Ben Saunders and Tarka L’Herpiniere are presently attempting to retrace the exact same steps taken by British explorer Robert Falcon Scott, during his 1912 expedition to the South Pole, and are recording their progress as they go along, by way of an expedition blog.

What’s almost as intriguing as the journey itself though is the fact that people following the latter day team’s progress across the Antarctic ice are able to read and comment on their exploits, even though they may be up to half a world away, surely something Scott and his contemporaries could never have envisaged.

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Antarctica, probably not a place for the faint of heart to visit

Monday, 30 September, 2013

While some especially adventurous travellers may see Antarctica as a so-called extreme tourism destination, it is certainly no place for the faint of heart:

While I’m personally not prone to anxious thinking, conditions here breed morbid fantasies: ominous fog banks, white-capped waves, freezing, face-shredding winds capable of knocking you off your feet with no warning. In weather like that, your access to medical treatment is limited and beyond your control—and when something like a broken leg could be deadly, thoughts of injury (and improvised surgeries inside a storm-tossed boat) are never far from your mind.

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