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Antarctica on Bark Europa

The second of three wonderful videos shot by William Collinson sailing on the Bark Europa between the end of December 2012 and the early part of January 2013. Antarctica

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Sailing on the Bark Europa – Antarctica and South Shetland

The first of three wonderful videos shot by William Collinson sailing on the Bark Europa between the end of December 2012 and the early part of January 2013. Europa  

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The Earth’s Attic is on Fire & the Basement is Freezing Up

Scientists have said that global climate change will bring us severe and unusual weather.   That would be a hard point to argue. Here are two recent, apparently somewhat contradictory or perhaps merely odd, news stories about the sea and the global climate. … Continue reading

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Update: McMurdo Radiation Leaks – Peabody Award & Navy Confirms Veteran’s Exposure

In March of 2011, we posted about reporting done by Ron Regan at NewsChannel5 in Cleveland, Ohio, concerning radiation leaks at a nuclear power plant at McMurdo Station in Antarctica. There is concern that these radiation leaks are related  to … Continue reading

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Captain Robert Falcon Scott – Heroic Leader or Tragic Bungler?

No one is exactly sure when Captain Robert Falcon Scott and his four of his fellow explorers died on their failed Antarctic expedition.  Today is observed as the centenary of the deaths because March 19, 1912 was the last entry in Scott’s journal. … Continue reading

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Berserker Jarle Andhøy in Trouble Again

Norwegian Jarle Andhøy, 34, who calls himself a “Wild Viking,” is in trouble again. Andhøy and two others are sailing the 54-foot yacht, Nilaya, off Antarctica. They have reported that the yacht has a broken boom and that they are heading for an unspecified  Argentine … Continue reading

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Russian Scientists Drill Down to Antarctica’s Lake Vostok Searching for New Life.

The Guardian reports that, “Russian scientists have confirmed they have drilled through more than 2.3 miles of ice to reach Lake Vostok, a 16,000 sq km (6,200 sq mile) body of water that has been isolated from the rest of … Continue reading

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Jarle Andhoy – Berserker on Another Illegal Trip to Antarctica

Jarle Andhøy calls himself as a “Wild Viking.”  He has been the subject of the Norwegian television series Berserk mot Nordpolen (“Berserk to the North Pole”), Berserk til Valhall (“Berserk to Valhalla”) and Berserk gjennom Nordvestpassasjen (“Berserk through the Northwest Passage”) which aired on NRK … Continue reading

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The Treacherous Antarctic Fisheries – Sinking, Flooding and Fire

The Patagonian toothfish, better known on Western restaurant menus as Chilean sea bass, is in high demand.  Living in the colder waters of the southern oceans, including  Antarctica’s Ross Sea, fishing for the toothfish can be hazardous.  Within the last 30 days, 25 sailors … Continue reading

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Update: Repairs Underway to Russian Fishing Vessel Sparta with Help from Korean Icebreaker Araon

The Russian fishing vessel Sparta, which was holed by ice below the waterline in the Ross Sea off Antarctica on December 16th and has been trapped in the ice for over ten days, is now undergoing temporary repairs.  On Monday, … Continue reading

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Update: Christmas Day Rescue for Russian Fishing Vessel Sparta?

The South Korean icebreaker Araon and the fishing vessel Chiyo Maru No 3 may reach the stricken Russian fishing vessel Sparta on Christmas Day. The Sparta is a 157 feet long fishing vessel with a crew of 32 aboard which … Continue reading

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Stricken Fishing Vessel Sparta Not Fit for Antarctic Ice

The Russian fishing vessel Sparta is afloat, though just barely after being holed by ice at the edge of the Ross ice shelf in Antarctica.  Why was an non-ice strengthened fishing boat fishing in such treacherous waters in the first place?  That is the question being raised by the Vyacheslav Martyanov, … Continue reading

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Update: Sparta’s Condition Precarious with Help Days Away

On Friday we posted about the Russian fishing vessel, Sparta, which was in danger of sinking off the Ross Ice shelf in Antarctica.  The ship with a crew of 32 had been holed five feet below the water line and … Continue reading

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Russian Fishing Vessel Sparta Listing After Striking Sea Ice in Antarctica

The 157 feet long Russian fishing vessel, Sparta, with a crew of 32 aboard, was holed below the waterline after striking sea ice in the Ross Sea off Antarctica early Friday morning.  The vessel is reporting have a one foot hole, five feet … Continue reading

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Nuclear plant leak in Antarctica suspected of causing cancer

Reports are surfacing of Navy veterans contracting cancer after serving  at the McMurdo Station in Antarctica when the station was powered by a problem-prone nuclear power plant. Nuclear plant leak in Antarctica suspected of causing cancer

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Off Antarctica, Hope Fades for Crew of Yacht Berserk

The called themselves the Wild Vikings.  They were to be the “new generation of explorers.”  From their website: The crew onboard Berserk II wish to pick up the old Norsemen traditions opposed to todays so called “civilized” and often artificial … Continue reading

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Passengers on Antarctic cruise ship, Polar Star, to be evacuated after grounding

On Monday, the Polar Star struck a rock while at anchor near Detaille Island, a small island off the Northern end of Arrowsmith Peninsula in Antarctica.     The grounding damaged the outer hull of the double hulled ship.  The ship sailed for the Arctowski Station, … Continue reading

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