Embark on an aerial tour of Antarctica in The Seventh Continent

The Seventh Continent is the perfect 150-second vacation for your brain. Shot by Enrico Sacchetti from a helicopter over Antarctica's Zucchelli Research Station, the video provides a brief but stunning glimpse at the continent's surprisingly diverse geography (and that's just what we can see on the surface). » 2/08/14 11:00am 2/08/14 11:00am

Beneath the Antarctic Ice Lies a Chasm Deeper than the Grand Canyon

Buried beneath thick slabs of Antarctic ice there lies a craggy landscape, home to mountains, valleys, and – scientists now know – a massive, subglacial gorge deeper than the Grand Canyon. » 1/15/14 10:32am 1/15/14 10:32am

Strange Historic Photos From Antarctica and Other Kingdoms of Ice

Right now, a science expedition to Antarctica is trapped in ice, waiting to be freed so they can continue exploring. They're just the latest group of humans to venture into the unpredictable, frozen world of the South Pole and beyond. Here are some of the most incredible and awe-inspiring images from over a century of… » 1/01/14 3:00pm 1/01/14 3:00pm

The Dramatic Expanse of Antarctica's Noctilucent Clouds

It's summer at the South Pole, which means it's time for the frozen continent's noctilucent clouds to make an appearance. But over the last several decades, these beautiful electric blue clouds have been appearing earlier than usual — and they're getting bigger. It's yet another example of climate change at work. » 12/26/13 11:30am 12/26/13 11:30am

Antarctic Expedition Ship is Trapped in Sea Ice

Scientists taking part in the 2013-2014 Australasian Antarctic Expedition have issued a distress call after their ship, the MV Akademik Shokalskiy, became trapped in heavy Antarctic ice. The crew is retracing the footsteps taken by Sir Douglas Mawson in 1911 — a journey that nearly ended in disaster. » 12/25/13 8:30am 12/25/13 8:30am

These incredibly vivid color photos of Antarctica were taken in 1915

Early last century, Australian photographer Frank Hurley participated in a number of expeditions to Antarctica. He visited the polar continent six times from 1911 to 1932 — but his 1915 trip with Sir Ernest Shackleton proved to be the most memorable. These are the photos he took after their ship became hopelessly… » 12/16/13 7:40am 12/16/13 7:40am

There's an active volcano deep beneath the Antarctic ice sheet

It's a song of fire and ice — an active volcano that's spewing magma at a depth of more than a half-mile beneath a massive sheet of ice. It's an unprecedented discovery that hints at the possibility for a huge eruption, but with completely unpredictable consequences. » 11/18/13 9:20am 11/18/13 9:20am

New Evidence: Antarctica’s Ancient, Ice-Covered Lake is Full of Life

A new study offers evidence that Antartica's Lake Vostok harbors its own unique ecosystem of life forms, despite being buried under two miles of ice for the past 15 million years. This is good news for scientists who are looking for life on other worlds. » 7/08/13 11:11am 7/08/13 11:11am

Antarctic timelapse aboard an icebreaker… for science!

The Nathaniel B. Palmer is an icebreaker operated by the US National Science Foundation. Cassandra Brooks, one of the 37 scientists the ship can accomodate for missions of up to 75 days and deep in the Antarctic winter, shot this timelapse video of the ship doing its stuff over a two month period while traveling… » 5/05/13 12:32pm 5/05/13 12:32pm

8 Abandoned Antarctic Whaling Stations and Bases that are Still Amazing

The Antarctic region has been home to numerous fishing villages, whaling stations, scientific bases, and way stations for exploration. Many of these facilities have since been abandoned, left to the snow and ice. But they still serve as remarkable time capsules to the industries and expeditions of their times. » 4/07/13 2:00pm 4/07/13 2:00pm