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14 female U.S. scientists participate in a global leadership initiative for women in Antarctica

As the world celebrates de 58th anniversary of the Antarctic Treaty on December 1st, 14 female scientists from the United States are gearing up to join the 66 other women from 13 countries around the world and embark on a 3 week expedition to the White Continent., The expedition is the culminating event of Homeward Bound, an innovative leadership initiative for women in STEMM ( Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine ) which aims to heighten the leadership capability of women to enhance their influence and impact on policy and decision making.read more

Weddell Sea ice free phenomena called polynya
returns after 40 years supporting
Kiel climate mode
In the mid-1970s a large ice-free area in the Weddell Sea east of the Antarctic Peninsula was observed by satellites during winter. Now, 40 years later, the phenomenon shows up again. Its recurrence supports climate model studies by a research group at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, who identified the so-called polynya as part of natural climate variability and explained its causes and effects in several publications in recent years.

Scientists discover 91 volcanoes
under west Antarctica ice sheet

This is in addition to 47 already known about and eruption would melt more ice in region affected by climate change.The project, by Edinburgh University researchers, has revealed almost 100 volcanoes – with the highest as tall as the Eiger, which stands at almost 4,000 metres in Switzerland.Geologists say this huge region is likely to dwarf that of east Africa’s volcanic ridge, currently rated the densest concentration of volcanoes in the world.

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Nearly 40.000 Adélie penguin chicks starved to
death in Antarctica this year

Only two Adélie penguin chicks out of a colony of 40,000 in Antarctica survived what researchers are calling a "catastrophic breeding event."
For the second time in four years, the Adélie penguins of Antarctica have suffered a devastating blow to their population. French researchers found the two surviving chicks on Petrels Island, Antarctica, and about 18,000 adult penguin pairs with their thousands of unhatched eggs and starved-to-death offspring.

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