February 13, 1990 |
Italian Reinhold Messner and West German Arved Fuchs became the first to cross Antarctica without the aid of dogs or machinery. A West German magazine said they finished their 1,550-mile trek after 91 days, using sails and wind power to help pull their sledges.
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September 28, 2000
Mysteriously high salt concentrations in the exposed soils of Antarctica's dry valleys--areas perennially devoid of snow and ice cover--are caused by sulfur-emitting marine algae, UC San Diego researchers report in today's Nature. In a discovery important for future Martian exploration, the scientists also found that digging more deeply into the soil of the dry valleys yielded higher concentrations of biologically produced sulfates.
February 28, 2004 |
Scientists in Antarctica discovered fossils of two new dinosaur species that roamed the icy continent long ago when it was lush with forests and verdant streams, the National Science Foundation announced this week. The creatures were discovered in December at field sites 2,000 miles apart. The first discovery was an agile, two-legged meat-eater that stood 6 to 8 feet tall and ripped its prey with curving, serrated fangs.
October 21, 1989 |
Britain and the United States have kept their hopes of issuing mining licenses in the Antarctic alive by refusing to accept proposals to turn the continent into a wildlife reserve. Twelve days of talks here among the 39 Antarctic Treaty nations, discussions dominated by the mining issue, broke up Friday night with a wide division between the pro- and anti-mining nations.
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April 1, 1991 |
One midnight I was on the deck of the ship. It was light enough to paint by. The sea was a mint green, the sky an apricot orange, and the icebergs were a blue violet! Of course the photographs picked up none of this . . . . I have never seen a place more spectacular. --William Stout Pasadena artist William Stout was so profoundly affected by his first visit to Antarctica in 1989 that he felt compelled to introduce people to its harsh and fragile beauty.
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July 23, 1990 |
Every cloud has a silver lining. Astronomers from Australia and the United States said last week that they plan to build a large telescope atop an icy plateau near the South Pole, in part because the ozone hole over that continent would allow better viewing of the universe. "The advantages are great," said astronomer John Storey of the University of New South Wales. "The atmosphere (there) is very stable and very thin, and star images are very sharp.
May 28, 1989 |
Like a monument to the end of Antarctica's age of innocence, the Bahia Paraiso's badly gashed orange hull rises out of ice-blue waters. Penguins calmly perch atop the overturned vessel, unaware of the danger in the thin oily sheen on the water around them. Most of the tens of thousands of gallons of diesel fuel that spilled out in the shipwreck Jan. 28 has since evaporated, but more is slowly leaking. Times are changing at Earth's last frontier. Countries eager to stake or reinforce their claims to a slice of the Frozen Continent are dispatching ships and aircraft, bulldozers and amphibious trucks.
October 10, 1988 |
Life is much more abundant in Antarctica during winter than scientists had previously thought, according to a USC researcher. The sea ice that forms around the continent is filled with pores that serve as a giant "nursery" for krill, a shrimp-like crustacean that is a food source for fish, squid, penguins and whales, marine biologist Cornelius Sullivan said in a report scheduled to be released today by the National Science Foundation.
December 10, 1987 |
Two Americans died and nine were injured in the crash Wednesday of a U.S. research plane in Antarctica as it tried to land on a runway of packed snow. The plane was attached to the Navy's Antarctic Development Squadron 6 at Point Mugu, Calif. It is one of six LC-130s that the United States has in Antarctica. Ten of those aboard the ski-equipped LC-130, including the dead, were Navy personnel, the Navy said. The other was a civilian.
October 26, 1988 |
The waiter served tea for three, requiring a truckload of silver, china cups, saucers, bowls and linen napkins, spread out on an ironed pink tablecloth on a table the size of an on-deck circle. Will Steger liked it. The North Pole seemed a long way away. Sometimes when he serves tea, it is brewed laboriously in a tiny pot over a single flame, with shivering hands and none of the amenities, and there is no reporter or public relations person present.