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Listed under:  Science  >  Earth and space  >  Landforms  >  Continents  >  Antarctica
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Overalls worn by Charles Laseron, 1911-13

This is a pair of overalls worn in 1911-13 by Charles Francis Laseron during Sir Douglas Mawson's Australasian Antarctic Expedition. They are made from heavy cotton twill and have a large waistband with buttons and wooden toggles. The waistband is designed to be buttoned to clothing worn over the top.

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Singlet worn in Antarctica by geologist Ian McLeod, 1958

This is a cotton string singlet worn by Australian geologist Ian McLeod in Antarctica in 1958.

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A leopard seal on ice

This is a colour photograph of a leopard seal ('Hydrurga leptonyx') lying on an ice floe. The seal is long and sinuous, and has a small head and a dark grey dorsal surface with a lighter grey underbelly. The seal has recently eaten, and blood from its kill can be seen on the ice.

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Working among vegetation on Antarctica

This is a colour photograph showing a scientist walking across the rocky surface of one of the Dry Valleys of Antarctica. In the foreground, patches of moss and lichen can be seen growing around a shallow stream of meltwater.

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Map of ocean gyres

This is a colour map showing the Earth's main ocean gyres - mounded circular currents - and the Antarctic circumpolar current. Segments of each gyre are colour-coded to show cold and warm currents.

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Thinning ice sheet

Discover that that the massive ice sheet in East Antarctica has been losing mass since 2006 instead of growing, as was previously thought. Watch animations to see how scientists from NASA and Australia are using satellite technology and aerial monitoring to investigate the thickness of East Antarctica's ice sheet. Find ...

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Seals help climate research

Discover how seals are helping scientists study Antarctica, polar regions, oceans and climate change. Scientists use Weddell and southern elephant seals to gather data and monitor the way currents move heat around the world's oceans.

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Accelerating glaciers in Antarctica

Discover a white world in which glaciers are racing toward the sea at seven times their normal speed. This is what is happening in Antarctica now and the consequences will eventually be felt at your nearest beach. Travel with scientist Dr Paul Williams to see some stunning images of what is occurring around the fringes ...

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Chemical pollutants toxic to whales

Explore how chemical pollutants affect the Antarctic food web. A scientist shows that baleen whales are consuming Antarctic krill contaminated by accumulated residues of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) from pesticides and industrial chemicals. Find out why these pollutants are concentrated at the Earth's polar regions.

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Nordenskjöld, Antarctica and two long winters

Early in the 1900s, several long expeditions set out to delve into the mysteries of Antarctica. One of them made some remarkable scientific discoveries about life that existed long ago on the continent. But it wasn't all smooth sailing. This 1901-1903 Swedish expedition was plagued with problems. Watch this clip to find out more.

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Re-creation of Shackleton's Antarctic survival

In 1914 Ernest Shackleton and his crew set out on an expedition to cross Antarctica via the South Pole. But things went horribly wrong when their ship was crushed by ice on the way. In this news clip, witness an Australian scientist about to set out with five others to re-create Shackleton's remarkable journey of survival, ...

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Scientists in Antarctica

Explore the driest, windiest, coldest place on Earth. Discover why scientists flock to Antarctica every year. This clip explains how studying the tiny bubbles buried in the Antarctic ice can teach us about what the Earth was like long ago.

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Centenary of Mawson's first Antarctic expedition

Dangerous, desperate and deadly! That is how the reporter in this clip describes the first Antarctic expedition by Sir Douglas Mawson, 100 years ago. Discover the challenges Mawson faced on the coldest and windiest continent on Earth, and find out about his invaluable contributions to science.

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Penguin wave better than a group hug!

Emperor penguins form a big, tightly packed huddle to keep warm in Antarctica, the coldest and windiest continent on Earth. But how do the ones on the outside of the huddle keep warm? Find out about a clever way of ensuring that no penguin is left out in the cold.

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Mawson's huts: frozen, fragile and far away

One of Australia's greatest polar explorers, Sir Douglas Mawson, led an expedition to Antarctica in 1911. Over 100 years later, the huts that he and his men built in the icy, windswept landscape still stand. But how much longer can the huts withstand the harsh conditions? Watch this clip to find out.

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Try maintaining your shell in an acidic ocean!

The shell of the tiny marine snail called the pteropod is under attack from ocean acidification. See how research into this and the Southern Ocean circulation tells us about impacts of climate change. In this clip from 2010, find out about this research and the Southern Ocean Sentinel project focused on developing an early-warning ...

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Weddell seals: how close is too close?

Australian scientists are trying to find out how human contact affects the stress levels of Antarctica's Weddell seals. But how do these very large mammals show signs of stress? Check out the observations made and data collected for this study of animal behaviour.

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A baby seal begins its life

From the moment a Weddell seal is born, it must contend with the harsh conditions of life in Antarctica. Watch this clip showing the birth of a Weddell seal and its early days, as it takes its first swim and prepares for winter. Discover some of the adaptations that enable these mammals of the sea to live in such an extreme ...

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Aurora australis time-lapse over Antarctica

Sometimes called Southern Lights, the aurora australis is a wondrous lightshow seldom seen in the night sky. These auroral displays are caused by charged particles from the Sun interacting with Earth's magnetic field. View this stunning lightshow captured from Davis, Antarctica in 2012.

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Antarctic wildlife

What wildlife would you expect to see in and around Antarctica? Come aboard the Australian ice breaker Aurora Australis to find out. How have these animals adapted to the harsh environment?