The most comprehensive and high-resolution atlas of the seafloor of both Polar Regions is presented this week (Tuesday 25 April) at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly (EGU) in Vienna. Over 250 marine geologists and glaciologists from around the world have spent the last four years collating stunning seafloor and glacial landform images to publish the new Atlas of Submarine Glacial Landforms. This new compilation enables researchers to interpret the history of the Earth’s large ice sheets and view how environmental change has re-shaped the continents.
New research describes for the first time the role that warm, dry winds play in influencing the behaviour of Antarctic ice shelves. Presenting this week at a European conference scientists from British Antarctic Survey (BAS) explain how spring and summer winds, known as föhn winds, are prevalent on the Larsen C Ice Shelf, West Antarctica and creating melt pools. The Larsen C Ice Shelf is of particular interest to scientists because it of the collapse of Larsen A in 1995 and Larsen B in 2002.
As spring returns to the southern hemisphere British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has started another research season which will take them over land, sea and ice in search of answers to some of the most pressing questions about the Earth’s southernmost continent and its effect on our planet.
The December Magazine No 74 is now available on the website for viewing and download
Issue number 79 of IceSheet has been loaded onto the website with articles about BAS Logistics, the launch of the BAS website, staff helping out at Jurassic Fossilblitz down in Lyme Regis, four new British Antarctic Territory Stamps and RRS Discovery berthing near HMS Belfast.
The first three editions of 2015’s IceSheet, the internal newsletter of BAS, have now been uploaded to the IceSheet pages of the club website.