Polar News

Stonington Diaries, Base E, Antarctica 1 May 2018

Read the daily updates from the Antarctic Heritage Trust conservation team at Stonington as well as 'live' historical entries from the men who were stationed there in the 60s. We hope you enjoy the story of this unique and remarkable Antarctic heritage site!



Polar Explorer Shackleton's Lost Ship Could Be Hidden Under Antarctic Ice 18 April 2018

Julian Dowdeswell, director of the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge in the U.K

will lead an international scientific expedition to the Weddell Sea on board a South African polar research ship, the Agulhas II, during the Antarctic summer in January and February of next year.

The main scientific purpose of the expedition will be to explore the edge of the Larsen C ice shelf adjacent to the Weddell Sea, which was exposed in July 2017 by the separation of a giant iceberg known as A-68. But Dowdeswell hopes the two high-tech AUVs can also search for the wreck of Shackleton's Endurance, which was recorded as sinking about 215 miles (350 kilometers) from the edge of the ice shelf, in a part of the Weddell Sea almost always covered by sea ice that's several meters thick.

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It's a boy: Sex of first UK polar bear cub in 25 years revealed! 16 April 2018

The UK's first polar bear cub to be born in 25 years is male. Born at the Highland Wildlife Park, near Kincraig, in December, the sex of the cub was confirmed when it was given a health check earlier on Monday. Staff at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland park are preparing a list of "suitable names" for the public to choose from for the cub. The park's Una Richardson, said: "It was very exciting to find out we have a little boy."

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China building Arctic expedition cruise ship for ‘Polar Silk Road’ 23 March 2018

China has begun building its first polar expedition cruise ship, state news agency Xinhua reported Saturday, as the country looks to shipping lanes opened up by global warming to extend President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road initiative to the Arctic. Construction of the 104.4-meter vessel, equipped with an advanced electric propulsion and control system for navigating sea ice, was expected to be completed by August 2019, Xinhua reported.

China released its first official Arctic policy white paper in January, in which it revealed plans to encourage companies to build infrastructure and conduct commercial trial voyages with the goal of building a “Polar Silk Road.”

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