antarctica

Cold, down there

Sometimes it’s winter, sometimes it’s summer. Sometimes it’s winter, be it spring, summer, autumn or winter. Enter Antarctica. Wind-swept mountain peaks peek above the ice of Dronning Maud Land in Antarctica, as seen by ESA’s…


Beneath the snow and ice

With snow on the way an old subject as today’s post: Antarctica. A new dataset called Bedmap2 gives a clearer picture of Antarctica from the ice surface down to the bedrock below. Bedmap2 is a…


Baby, it’s cold out there

What is the coldest place on Earth? It is a high ridge in Antarctica on the East Antarctic Plateau where temperatures in several hollows can dip below minus 133.6 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 92 degrees Celsius)…



An end and a new ozone beginning?

Satellites show that the recent ozone hole over Antarctica was the smallest seen in the past decade. Long-term observations also reveal that Earth’s ozone has been strengthening following international agreements to protect this vital layer…