"News about the USAP, the Ice, and the People"
United States Antarctic Program United States Antarctic Program Logo National Science Foundation Logo
Antarctic Sun RSS Feeds
Latest Articles

Antarctic ice cores help pinpoint timing of human arrival in New Zealand
Science  |  Ice and Snow
Monday December 20, 2021

Scientific detective work has helped researchers determine when humans first arrived in New Zealand, one of the last places on Earth to be settled.

Continue Reading

Scientists prepare for rare Antarctic solar eclipse
Science  |  Space and Atmospheric Physics
Tuesday November 23, 2021

Antarctica will experience a total solar eclipse next Saturday, a rare occurrence that will give scientists insight into the behavior of Earth's upper atmosphere.

Continue Reading

The stone thieves
Science  |  The Biological World
Tuesday November 09, 2021

Adelie penguins often steal stones from each other's nests, but new research shows the wily birds target some nests more than others.

Continue Reading

Making music at McMurdo provides a taste of home
Features  |  Life on the Ice
Monday October 18, 2021

Living and working in Antarctica can be challenging, but the staff at McMurdo Station use music to build friendships, express their creativity, and bring beauty to the harsh conditions of the continent.

Continue Reading

Antarctic ice shivers from distant earthquakes
Science  |  Earth
Thursday October 07, 2021

Antarctica is the most remote continent on Earth, but new research shows it is still connected to what happens in the rest of the world. A new study finds large earthquakes can

Continue Reading

Scoping out the seal mating scene
Science  |  The Biological World
Monday September 20, 2021

Biologists have been observing how male Weddell seals secure prime locations when courting females to learn more about the southernmost mammal's mysterious breeding behavior.

Continue Reading

More Articles

Meet the Penguin Misfits

Meet the Penguin Misfits

Science | The Biological World
Tuesday September 07, 2021

Looks are important for Adelie penguins, but they may not be as critical for breeding as biologists previously thought. New research shows Adelie penguins with unusual coloring still manage to breed successfully, contrary to what biologists had predicted.


Coldest, Driest, Saltiest Antarctic Soils Might Be Inhospitable To Life

Coldest, Driest, Saltiest Antarctic Soils Might Be Inhospitable To Life

Science | The Biological World
Monday August 23, 2021

Some Antarctic soils might be the only environments on Earth microbes can't colonize, a finding that goes against scientists' expectations of our planet's habitability. Most scientists assume microbes can inhabit every environment on Earth, given enough time, but new research finds that some of the coldest, saltiest, and driest soils in the Transantarctic Mountains show no signs of viable microbial life.


Warm Ocean Water is Eroding Thwaites Ice Shelf From Below

Warm Ocean Water is Eroding Thwaites Ice Shelf From Below

Science | Ice and Snow
Monday August 09, 2021

Scientists got their first glimpse at the ocean conditions surrounding the Thwaites Ice Shelf in 2019, and recently published results are worrisome for the rapidly melting ice shelf and the glacier behind it.


Quick Find

Search titles and article summaries by keyword or find articles by date.

Keyword

Date Range
to

Archives

2022 2021 2020 2019
2018 2017 2016 2015
2014 2013 2012 2011
2010 2009 2008 2007
Print Issues: 1996-2006