One cool thing: satellite poop images help scientists monitor Adélie penguin diets

One cool thing: satellite poop images help scientists monitor Adélie penguin diets

What’s the best way to track remote colonies of Adélie penguins and figure out what they’re eating? Monitor their poop using satellites. Landsat satellite images have been used to monitor the Earth since 1970 and while they have been able to tell scientists how many penguins make up a colony by tracking the size of penguin poop stains, […]

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Buried Antarctic lake reveals water bears and clues to previous warming

Buried Antarctic lake reveals water bears and clues to previous warming

Lake Mercer is a subglacial lake deep below the Antarctic Ice and it’s sat untouched by humans for millennia– until now. As  Nature News & Comment reported scientists drilling into a buried Antarctic lake 600 kilometers from the South Pole have found surprising signs of ancient life: the carcasses of tiny animals preserved under a kilometer of ice.

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Antarctica Now Melting Faster Than It Was In the 80’s

Antarctica Now Melting Faster Than It Was In the 80’s

A new study published by the National Academy of Sciences delivered some sobering news on Monday — that Antarctica is losing ice at a  rate six times faster than it has in the past.  According to CNN, the rate of ice loss has increased each decade over the last 40 years — from a loss of 40 gigatons (a gigaton is one billion tons) per year from in the decade from 1979 to 1990 to a loss of 252 gigatons per year in the decade from 2009 to 2017.  And Axios explained that this finding is “important” because “previous studies had regarded that part of the continent as stable or not yet undergoing a net loss.”

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