Monthly Archives: March 2012

Dedicated to Robert Falcon Scott

No Google search today as it is the 100th anniversary of the last journal entry of the very brave Robert Scott, who, along with his companions Henry “Birdie” Bowers and Edward Wilson, perished after they were caught in an Antarctic blizzard just 18km from a resupply depot. The story is a tragic one.  Although the […]

Meteor 1-1 Falls on Queen Maud Land

In the news this week: a defunct Soviet-era weather satellite, Meteor 1-1 died a fiery death over Antarctica. The satellite was launched way back in 1969 and stayed in orbit more than 40 years.  Fragments landed in Queen Maud Land, about 690 kilometers (430 miles) from Argentinian research station of Belgrano II.   Let’s see what […]

Guess the Explorer!

  Another Sunday already? Time to play guess the explorer. This week’s person will be a little trickier… 1. Our explorer received an honorary doctorate from Plymouth University in the UK. 2. One of his expeditions was described by Prince Charles as being a “mad, and suitably British, enterprise.” 3. The oldest Briton to climb […]

New equipment to map the hidden distribution of groundwater and ice in the McMurdo Dry Valleys

From the National Science Foundation comes this story about new technology that can see through ice and permafrost to  discover hidden hydrologic features in the ground below.  Recently tested at the McMurdo Dry Valleys area of Antarctica, scientists were pleased with the results.  “In a matter of a few weeks, SkyTEM has revealed more about […]

Antarctic bottom water reduced

You might not have heard of Antarctic bottom water, but according to this article it is declining.  Why would that matter?  Well first of all we had better check page 5 of the Google results to find out just what Antarctic bottom water is! The Free Dictionary (Acronyms division) helpfully tells us that Antarctic Bottom […]

It’s Sunday so let’s play guess the Antarctic explorer!

5 clues from page 5 of the Google search…   1. Partial description of an expedition this person participated in–“the team made their first camp below the Khumbu Ice Fall, a steep, rugged, and fast-moving section of the Khumbu Glacier.” 2. Film footage and a radio interview recording of our mystery person, both more than […]

Bahamas offers clue to height of seas by 2100

As reported in the Science Daily News from the journal Nature comes the report that by pinpointing where ancient shorelines stood in the Bahamas and Bermuda researchers hope to be able to predict future rises in sea level. In an exceptionally warm period 400,000 years ago, seas rose 20 feet, up to a third less […]

Aliens in Antarctica?

In the news last week–a disturbing report on the number of seeds being brought into Antarctica by tourists, scientists and support staff.  Why is this a problem?  Let’s look at page 5 of the Google results to find out. On Blogrunner we find that the average person carried around 10 seeds with them to Antarctica, […]

So What the Heck is a Toothfish?

With the announcement a couple of days ago that US supermarket chain Harris Teeter will no longer stock Antarctic Toothfish (Dissostichus mawsoni), I thought I would devote today’s blog posting to finding out more about this dentally prominent denizen of the deep.  As is usual I won’t use any information on the first four pages […]

First Post

Welcome to Ice Scoops, a new entry in the Blogosphere which will deal with all things Antarctic.  I have two goals with this blog: 1) To fulfill the requirements for SCOM 403, which is a class I am taking at the University of Otago on writing and digital publishing, and a step on the way […]