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Coast Guard cutter Polar Star crew members on the ice about 13 miles from McMurdo Station in Antarctica, January 26, 2018.

A fire broke out aboard the US’s only heavy icebreaker in one of the most remote places on earth

The Polar Star makes a resupply trip to Antarctic research stations each year, but the journey is increasingly challenging for the aging icebreaker.
This isn't the first time an iceberg has sloughed off Antarctica.

Antarctica is about to lose an iceberg 30 times the size of Manhattan as two cracks converge — and it could cripple a British research station

NASA is tracking two converging cracks in Antarctica's Brunt Ice Shelf. When they meet, an iceberg 30 times the size of Manhattan could float away.
A gigantic cavity nearly 1,000 feet tall is growing at the bottom of Thwaites Glacier in west Antarctica.

There’s a cavity underneath Antarctica that’s two thirds the size of Manhattan — a sign ice sheets are melting faster than we though...

Nearly 14 billion tons of ice have melted underneath Antarctica's Thwaites Glacier, leaving an almost Manhattan-sized cavity beneath the surface.
The vertebrae and humerus of the "Antarctic King," uncovered in the rocks of the Transantarctic Mountains.

A tiny dinosaur relative named the ‘Antarctic King’ has been discovered at the South Pole

Paleontologists discovered a tiny dinosaur relative at the South Pole, which they've named "Antarctic King." The fossil is some 250 million years old.
Is this a photo of the Midwest or Antarctica?

Parts of the Midwest are colder than Antarctica due to a polar vortex. Can you guess which photo was taken where?

The Midwest is experiencing a polar vortex with subzero temperatures colder than Antarctica right now. Can you tell the two places apart in photos?
A shaded map showing the temperatures across the US, including wind chill, as of 5 a.m. CST.

Parts of the US are colder than Antarctica as a frigid polar vortex brings temperatures of minus 30 degrees

Temperatures of minus 30 degrees Fahrenheit were recorded in Wisconsin on Wednesday morning. Only one weather station in Antarctica got lower.
The Coast Guard cutter Polar Star breaks ice in McMurdo Sound near Antarctica, January 10, 2018.

The US’s only icebreaker made its annual trip to Antarctica, and it got banged up on the way

Icebreaker Polar Star is the only ship that can smash its way through Antarctic ice, but the annual mission batters the aging vessel.
The team has been working at the BEAMISH camp in West Antarctica since November 2018.

Scientists just drilled the deepest hole ever in western Antarctica, going 2 kilometers down through the ice to study how it’s melting

Scientists drilled a 2-kilometer-deep hole in western Antarctica in hopes of understanding how the continent's ice is reacting to our warming planet.

A Chinese icebreaker ship crashed into an iceberg at the South Pole

China's icebreaker research ship Xue Long collided with an iceberg in western Antarctica's Amundsen Sea over the weekend, according to state media.
O'Brady was once told he'd never walk normally again. Now he's a triathlete who just became the first person to trek across Antarctica alone, and without help.

The 33-year-old who crossed Antarctica alone once got horrific burns at a Thai beach party — and he says it’s the reason he sets world rec...

Colin O'Brady had always been athletic and assumed he always would be. Until a fiery disaster struck.