Tag Archives: Antarctica

LISTEN TO YOUR (PENGUIN) HEART ~ HOW PRECIOUS!!!

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LISTEN TO YOUR HEART ~ Mike Rowland, Film by Ruedi & Priska Abbühl Uploaded on Jan 29, 2011

Credit for this beautiful Emperor Penguin film goes to Ruedi & Priska Abbühl… And the Music … All glory goes to composer Mike Rowland from the album “My Elfin Friends,” who is currently compiling a book about the power of healing through music…I have the impression that to penguins, man is a different kind of penguin, unpredictable, occasionally violent, but tolerable company when he sits still and admires Nature and leaves it as he found it. ~Aetopus/AC

ANTARCTICA GLOBE FUZZY BORDER WHERE PENGUINS LIVE: Penguins do not live in the Arctic. They live on the shores of Antarctica and they also live in the south of Australia, New Zealand, America & Africa. The most northerly place that penguins live is on the Galapagos Islands which is near Ecuador in South America. Even though there is ice in Canada and the Arctic, penguins don’t live there or in the northern half of the world.

PENGUIN LIFE CYCLE LARGE IMAGENo other animal other than penguins can draw attention to the environmental damaged caused by oil and gas drilling (fracking and mountaintop removal), my reason for ending this video with the message “NO TO ARCTIC DRILLING!” ~Aetopus/AC
Please see my previous blog, “Fracking Hell ~ A Catastrophe!”                    

Here is a great YouTube video, “Birth and March of Emperor Penguins“, from Nature’s Great Events – In the coldest part of the planet, Emperor Penguins breed and give birth to their young, only to begin a great march toward the coast.

Links:
– PlanetSave: http://www.planetsave.com/
GreenpeaceUSA: http://www.youtube.com/greenpeaceusa

– Mike Rowland website: http://www.mikerowland.co.uk/
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/mik…
Ambient Classical Mike and Jana Rowland: http://www.ambientclassical.com/

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STRANGEST LIFE ~ ANTARCTIC SEAFLOOR

ANTARTIC OCEAN SEAFLOOR

Exploring Oceans: Overview, video by National Geographic, Uploaded on Mar 16, 2009.  The ocean produces 70 percent of the Earth’s oxygen and drives our weather and the chemistry of the planet. Most of the creatures on Earth live in the sea. But our knowledge of the ocean is far outstripped by our impact on it.

Researchers have compiled a database of images and data collected from the Antarctic seafloor during various expeditions to the frozen continent… Many of the images in the collection were taken at the bottom of the Weddell Sea, the large bay nestled in the frozen continent’s coast from the Antarctic Peninsula east to the Coats Land region.
Some examples of the strange creatures that thrive on the bottom of the chilly ocean surrounding Antarctica –  photo credits: Julian Gutt, Alfred Wegener Institute:

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Shell-less Snail ~ Clione (Clione limacina), is a shell-less snail known as the Sea Butterfly.  This snail is also  known as the Sea Angel that swims in the shallow waters beneath Arctic ice.

ANTARCTIC SEAFLOOR3Antarctic Ice Fish ~ Even in the chilliest water, life can thrive. Ice fish, like the one seen here, have a natural antifreeze chemical in their blood and body fluids that allow them to survive frigid water temperatures.  

KING CRABThis is an invasive king crab (Neolithodes yaldwyni) from the Antarctic shelf waters.  
These predatory king crabs will cause a major reduction on seafloor biodiversity as they invade Antarctic habitats.  
 
 
EisfischIce Fish ~  This Antarctic fish…  has no red blood cells or red blood pigments. This makes the fish’s blood thinner, saving energy that would otherwise be needed to pump the blood around the body.
ANTARCTIC SEAFLOOR6This picture shows hydrocorals also known as sea fans – various colonial marine hydrozoans of the order Hydrocorallinae, having a limestone skeleton and thus resembling the true corals. 
A new species of Epimeria, an amphipod crustacean sampled during the Polarstern cruise ANTXXIII-8Cold Crustacean ~ This shy-looking critter is an inhabitant of Antarctica – first found during the research vessel Polarstern’s ANTXXIII-8 cruise. This the arthropod is about 1 inch long and can be found near Antarctica’s Elephant Island.
 
pink-krillThe Pink Lady ~ Antarctic krill (Euphausia superba) plays a key role in the food webs of the South Ocean. In fact,  these tiny crustaceans have developed many biological rhythms that are closely connected to large seasonal changes in their environment.
 
A new giant Antarctic amphipod crustacean from the ANT-XXIII/8 Polarstern expedition.Big Red Shrimp ~ A giant Antarctic amphipod measuring 4 inches (100 mm) long. These red shrimp can be found off the Antarctic Peninsula.
  
 
 
Sea Pig ~There are actually several different genera and species of “sea pigs” (members of the family Elpidiidae) Not all of them live in the deep-sea, some of them live in Antarctic waters.
 
Antarctica: The Hunt for Killer CApr 5, 2013 rabs, published on

… For millions of years, the animals of the Antarctic sea floor have evolved in splendid isolation, with essentially no predation pressure from the crabs, sharks, and bony fish that control marine communities everywhere else in the world…Antarctica: The Hunt for Killer Crabs documents a voyage of scientists from around the world to try to get a glimpse of what could be a new killer on the sea bottom. Join them on their journey to find this new predator and see what may lie ahead for the animals that already live there.

 

LET’S COOL OFF ~ ARTIC / ANTARCTICA ~ AH-H-H!

At this very moment so many of us are experiencing the unprecedented current heat wave that I thought it would be a great idea to be able to watch some videos to help us cool off ~ hope you enjoy your armchair visits to the top and bottom of our world ~ the Arctic and Antarctica.

Experience the peacefulness of the icebergs in the Arctic and belugas beneath the waves while listening to singer Demetra Penner’s beautiful voice ~ from explore.org

http://explore.org/#!/videos/player/belugas-power-of-the-sea

Crowning the top of the world, the frozen Arctic Ocean provides an unlikely home for a spectrum of enchanting creatures. Above the ice and below, beluga whales, narwhals, bowhead whales, walruses, and murres prosper ~ from nationalgeographic.com.

Lyn Jarvis, contributing editor of Across the Fence, travels to Punta Arenas Chile and then to beautiful Antarctica and presents two videos of his amazing journey.

“If Antarctica were music it would be Mozart; art and it would be Michael Angelo; literature and it would be Shakespeare and yet it is something greater ~ the only place on earth that is still as it should be ~ may we never tame it…”

Lyn Jarvis travels to Antarctica ~ among the highlights; penguins, seals, humpback whales, and a rolling iceberg!

These videos are so refreshing and cooling for me ~ hope they cooled you off as well. 

NUDIBRANCHS UPDATE ~ INCREDIBLE FACTS AND VIDEOS

Since I first posted “NUDIBRANCHS – SAY WHAT?”,  May 14, 2012), I’ve found the time to delve further into these fascinating and exotic ocean creatures.  You will be thrilled and amazed with the facts shared on these YouTube videos and the awesome video footage from around the world (Indonesia, Philippines, Bali)

First a few very interesting facts:

Nudibranch ~ means “naked gills”
Nudibranchs ~ are sea slugs
~ are beautifully colored tiny vessels of danger
~ store toxins/stinging cells they steal from their prey
~ more than 3,000 species
~ range in length from 1/4 inch to over 1 foot
~ are hermaphrodites (meaning they have both male and female sex organs)
~ are found in oceans from Antarctica to the tropics

I won’t overload you with information, for as they say, “a picture is worth a thousand words”.

“Nudibranchs”, by Jean-Michel Cousteau, Ocean Adventures ~uploaded by on Dec 5, 2008 ~ “They might be tiny, but nudibranchs can pack a poisonous punch. Learn more about these extraordinary creatures”.

 

This next video is amazing ~ the music, “The Tahiti Trot” is very artistically adapted to the bizarre antics of the nudibranchs  ~ an award winner in my opinion!!!

Colorful nudibranchs in Lembeh Indonesia” ~ uploaded by  Delveroudis on Jul 5, 2010 ~ “… But they are the most colorful creatures on Earth and their body patterns exceed the imagination of the best designers on the planet.”

“Nudebranches of Amed – Bali Reef Divers – Dive Bali” ~ uploaded by on Nov 9, 2010 ~ courtesy of Hero Productions ~ “These nudibranches were seen around Amed and Tulamben this season… wide variety of nudibranchs species around here… Night dives at Jemeluk are also a great opportunity to see these creatures!”

http://www.balireefdivers.com

GREENLAND GLACIERS ON THE MOVE

GREENLAND GLACIERS ARE SPEEDING UP

A glacier is a large persistent body of ice that forms where the accumulation of snow exceeds its ablation (melting and sublimation) over many years, often centuries.   Crevasses, seracs, and other distinguishing features of a glacier are due to its flow.  Another consequence of glacier flow is the transport of rock and debris abraded from its substrate and resultant landforms like cirques and moraines.  Glaciers form on land, often elevated, and are distinct from the much thinner sea ice and lake ice that form on the surface of bodies of water.

Greenland’s ice sheet is on the move, with new images showing its glaciers moving 30 percent faster than they were a decade ago.

Excerpts from article by Jennifer Welsh, Live Science Staff Writer Date: 03 May 2012

We encourage you to read the full article by checking the site’s url at the end of this blog.

The heavily crevassed ice on this small Greenland outlet glacier cascades down to the fjord water (bottom right), which is filled with icebergs and small bits of ice.
CREDIT: Ian Joughin and Science / AAAS

Small Ice Sources Pose Big Threat to Rising Seas Greenland and Antarctica … glaciers are shrinking and the water contained in them is moving into the oceans, adding to the already rising sea level.  A glacier’s velocity is a measure of how fast the ice on the surface of the sheet is flowing … The faster the flow, the more water and ice mass is lost from the glacier.

Greenland Glacier“You can think of the Greenland ice sheet as a really large lake that has hundreds of those little outlet streams that are acting like conveyor belts to move ice from the middle of the ice sheet, where it’s getting added by precipitation, to the edges,” study researcher Twila Moon, a graduate student at the University of Washington, told LiveScience

Alaskan Iceresearchers analyzed satellite images of the Greenland glaciers taken between 2000 and 2010. These annual images were put through a computer program to detect how quickly the ice is moving. In general, the glacial flow has sped up by 30 percent over the 10 years, Moon said … The glaciers that drop off into the sea are flowing the fastest, Moon said, up to 7 miles (11 kilometers) per year and their speeds are accelerating. “The areas where the ice sheet loses the most ice are also the areas we are seeing the biggest changes,” Moon said…

“A lot of the drive behind current Greenland ice sheet and Antarctica studies is to ask, ‘What sea-level rise can we expect?'” Moon said. “Both of these areas hold vast amounts of ice and the potential for very large sea-level rises. We need to understand what’s happening on them to see what potential scenario will be realized.”

Jennifer Welsh, LiveScience Staff Writer, May 03,2012

http://www.livescience.com/20082-greenland-glaciers-velocity.html

 Some images taken from LiveScience Ice World Album –

Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer, 05 August 2011
 
 AMAZING!!! Video of iceberg collapse in Wilhemina Bay region in Antarctica –YouTube, Mar 6, 2012 by –