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An Alien-Hunting Submarine Is Being Tested in Antarctica

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An Alien-Hunting Submarine Is Being Tested in Antarctica

When president Trump released his budget proposal earlier this year, space enthusiasts were dismayed to learn that it didn't include funding for NASA's mission to place a lander on Europa. Although it is just one of Jupiter's 67 moons, Europa is unique in that it is thought to have an ocean of liquid water under the icy, red-veined crust that covers its surface, which makes it the best candidate in the solar system for hosting alien life. All hope is not lost for the subsurface exploration of Europa. Just last week, a French researcher suggested that NASA and the European...

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Meltwater is now streaming across Antarctic

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Meltwater is now streaming across Antarctic

The first continent-wide survey of its type has spotted a worrying trend on the glaciers of Antarctica: meltwater streams that are far more widespread than previously thought, suggesting the frozen continent is even more vulnerable to future temperature rises than predicted. While a lot of the drainage channels that have been spotted aren't new, the new footage recording during the survey has scientists concerned about how far they stretch, and how soon they might send Antarctica's ice shelves crashing into the ocean. The research, by a team from The Earth Institute at Columbia University, carries on the work of measuring...

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Huge Antarctic iceberg poised to break away

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Huge Antarctic iceberg poised to break away

An iceberg expected to be one of the 10 largest ever recorded is ready to break away from Antarctica, scientists say. A long-running rift in the Larsen C ice shelf grew suddenly in December and now just 20km of ice is keeping the 5,000 sq km piece from floating away. Researchers based in Swansea say the loss of a piece a quarter of the size of Wales will leave the whole shelf vulnerable to future break-up. Larsen C is about 350m thick and floats on the seas at the edge of West Antarctica, holding back the flow of glaciers that...

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A huge crack is spreading across one of Antarctica’s biggest ice shelves

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A huge crack is spreading across one of Antarctica’s biggest ice shelves

For some time, scientists who focus on Antarctica have been watching the progression of a large crack in one of the world’s great ice shelves — Larsen C, the most northern major ice shelf of the Antarctic Peninsula, and the fourth largest Antarctic ice shelf overall. Larsen C, according to the British Antarctic Survey, is “slightly smaller than Scotland.” It’s called an ice “shelf” because the entirety of this country-sized area is covered by 350 metre thick ice that is floating on top of deep ocean waters. The crack in Larsen C grew around 30 kilometres in length between 2011...

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Scientists discover hidden Antarctic lake

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Scientists discover hidden Antarctic lake

A large, ribbon-shaped lake may be hiding beneath the ice that covers Antarctica, and it may contain countless life forms – unlike any others on earth – that have been trapped, undisturbed, in the frozen continent for millions of years. Scientists presented radar data that suggest the presence of the lake at the European Geosciences Union meeting in Vienna last week. The lake, presumed to be lying in a massive canyon system along the continent’s eastern coast in Princess Elizabeth Land, is thought to be 87 miles long and 12 miles wide – much smaller than Lake Vostok, which at...

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