Four years-worth of satellite data shows three calving events in Pine Island Glacier on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, the most recent of which took place at the weekend.
Researchers have detected novel viruses in samples of glacial ice, suggesting global heating could lead to the re-emergence of historic pathogens. But the science is uncertain.
The 27 January marks the first time the Antarctica mainland was seen with human eyes. Two hundred years later and it approaches a tipping point of irreversible glacial melt.
Findings come over 30 years after the Montreal Protocol was introduced.
"The climate is changing..." said Xavier Fettweis, a climatologist at the University of Liège in Belgium.
Scientists discovered the depth of the trench while creating BedMachine, the most accurate map of Antarctica's land to date.
A draws on the expertise of 15 researchers from different disciplines to predict what a warming world will mean for the Earth's polar regions.
Floating ice shelves that encircle mainland Antarctica have been thinning in recent years, but the effect this has had on ice loss from the continent's interior has remained unclear.
An expert told "Newsweek": "The planet will transition into a different state, possibly with some other life forms coming to dominate, or possibly with some surviving humans creating a different civilization."
The latest findings are significant when it comes to our understanding of how glaciers will be impacted by man-made global warming.
Rare atmospheric phenomena called sudden stratospheric warming started at the end of August.
The Pliocene, 3 million years ago, was the last time atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations were above 400 parts per million.
A large iceberg has broken away from Antarctica's Amery ice shelf, in a natural process scientists call a "calving" event.
This is the first time researchers have attempted to map out the number of lakes lying on the surface of the ice sheet during peak melt season.
Scientists at the EU's Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service who track the size of the ozone hole in the Antarctic reported that it is expected to be atypically small this year.
Thwaites Glacier—which is about the same size as Florida—contains enough ice on its own to raise global sea levels by about two feet if it all melts.
The snow contained substantial quantities of dust-enriched with iron-60—which isn't naturally produced on our planet.
"The new species is one of the largest fossil penguins described so far and one of the very few giant penguins," said researcher Gerald Mayr.
IceCube searches for neutrinos—invisible, nearly massless subatomic particles which rarely ever interact with normal matter.
Two mysterious plankton blooms appeared off the coast of Antarctica in 2014 and 2015.
As the Earth's climate warms, melting ice sheets are expected to lead to an increase in global sea levels.
The ice-free zone appeared in 2017 and grew to more than 30,000 square miles.
Unusual warm winds have led to a spike in late-season surface melt at the ice shelf.
Researchers said that green icebergs could be playing a key role in delivering nutrients around the ocean.
The bird has somehow survived, despite a coat that makes it a target for predators.
Until around three years ago, the cavity contained an estimated 14 billion tons of ice.
Antarctica contains enough water to raise global sea levels by 190 feet, according to NASA.