Tagged: Southern Ocean

Volcanoes under the ice: melting Antarctic ice could fight climate change - Guest Work

Guest Work Jun 16, 2017

By Silvia Frisia, University of Newcastle  Iron is not commonly famous for its role as a micronutrient for tiny organisms dwelling in the cold waters of polar oceans. But iron feeds plankton, which in turn hold carbon dioxide in their bodies. When they die, the creatures sink to the bottom of the sea, safely storing that carbon. How exactly … Read More

Murky waters: why is Japan still whaling in the Southern Ocean? - Guest Work

Guest Work Jan 23, 2017

By Indi Hodgson-Johnston, University of Tasmania Photographs allegedly showing Japanese whaling operations in the Southern Ocean emerged this week. Coinciding with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Australia, critics have called for greater action from the Australian government on the issue. Japan has stated that, despite various resolutions at the International Whaling Commission and criticism … Read More

Book review: Ocean Notorious - Scibooks

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Mar 24, 2016

In his book Ocean Notorious, New Zealand writer, photographer and sailor Matt Vance threads history, science and good old fashioned armchair travel into a riveting read. The Ocean Notorious in question is the Southern Ocean: the ocean that doesn’t really exist. In 1914, authorities tried to agree on names and boundaries for the world’s oceans. Dubbed the Southern Ocean, they drew its … Read More

Revealed: how giant icebergs breathe life into remote oceans - Guest Work

Guest Work Jan 12, 2016

Grant Bigg, University of Sheffield As giant icebergs bob across the open seas they leave behind a trail of nutrient-rich meltwater, sparking new life in the world’s remotest and least hospitable oceans. This, in turn, means more carbon is taken from the atmosphere and stored below the waves. Massive icebergs may be a symptom of climate change … Read More

The Galápagos of the Southern Ocean – Part II: Enderby Island - Journeys to the ice

Matthew Wood Apr 06, 2014

Greetings, Scibloggers! Before I begin I should explain my very long hiatus in posting to Sciblogs. In early 2010 I started Journeys to the Ice, an audio podcast and blog on Antarctic science usually featuring recent research from the Antarctic Research Centre at Victoria University of Wellington. Late that year I travelled to the sub-Antarctic islands … Read More

Final frontiers: Antarctica - Guest Work

Peter Griffin Apr 03, 2013

By Tony Press, University of Tasmania With the global population now well over seven billion there are few remaining parts of the world relatively untouched by human activity. We assess the current state and future prospects of five final frontiers: rainforests, Antarctica, the Arctic, the deep sea and space. Antarctica is the coldest, highest, driest continent … Read More

Antarctic voyage: the Mertz Polynya - Field Work

Guest Work Jan 31, 2013

Ever wondered what it is really like to be working on a ship off Antarctica? Dr Helen Bostock, marine geologist at NIWA, writes: On the 2nd February I will be part of a team of 22 Australian, French and New Zealand, scientists departing Wellington on board NIWA’s R.V. Tangaroa. The science team is made up of oceanographers and … Read More

Reflecting on wildlife rehabilitation II - Politecol

- Wayne Linklater Dec 20, 2012

– did Happy-feet’s visit increase support for conservation? You are sick, tired, and thousands of miles from home. Swimming, you pull up yourself up on a beach for a rest. Within hours you are surrounding by hairless primates who stare and take photographs. Within days you … Read More

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