NASA Finds Polar Ice Adding More to Rising Seas
Store Glacier, West Greenland. A new NASA funded study finds that the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets are losing mass at an accelerating pace, three times faster than that of mountain glaciers and ice caps.
A hydromedusa spreads its luminescent tentacles in the Weddell Sea near Antarctica. (via nationalgeographic)
In this undated photo released by the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Census of Marine Life, is shown a ghost-like sea-angel, platybrachium antarcticum, going through the deep Antarctic waters hunting the shelled pteropods (another type of snail) on which it feeds. (via Recent Scenes from Antarctica - Alan Taylor)
Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station experiences months of darkness. The sun dips below the horizon on March 21, after which follows several weeks of twilight before complete darkness results. Photo taken on June 25, 2009. (via Recent Scenes from Antarctica - Alan Taylor)
It may be hard to believe, but Antarctica was once covered in towering forests.