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Antarctica’s monumental icebergs, history of heroic exploration and fearless wildlife give it an allure that is enhanced by its remoteness. The only realistic way for tourists to visit the vast White Continent is by ship. For most, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime trip, so it is important to choose carefully.

Seals will be recruited to take part in an attempt to study the Pine Island Glacier

Gadget-bearing seals to be used in study of melting Pine Island Glacier

The glacier is losing ice at faster rate than it is being replenished

Satellite image composite (Vanderford Glacier, Wilkes Land) with the panels showing satellite imagery of Vanderford Glacier, Wilkes Land, East Antarctica

It holds enough water to raise sea levels 50 metres, but East Antarctica ice sheet is even more unstable than we thought

The massive ice sheet of East Antarctica, which is up to 4 kilometres thick and holds enough frozen water to raise sea levels by more than 50 metres, is more unstable than previous studies have suggested, scientists said.

Bear Grylls tweeted this picture:

Bear Grylls grilled by council over cliffside slide

A slide pinned to a cliff face that shoots users into the sea – as long as the tide is in – has landed adventurer Bear Grylls in hot water.

Stella Creasy: the MP says the ability to report abuse is not an adequate response from Twitter

Staying silent won't stop Twitter trolls or online abusers. We must continue to speak out

It is important we do not place the blame for the abuse being dished out on Twitter’s shoulders as well. It’s just a company, not a person

Meltdown: the Grace satellite has detected a rapid acceleration in the melting of glacier ice in Greenland and Antarctica

Massive ice sheets melting 'at rate of 300bn tonnes a year', climate satellite shows

The Grace satellite measures tiny fluctuations of the Earth’s gravity field resulting from the loss of ice into the sea

Murray the adventurer takes the chair at Gulf keystone

The former French legionnaire and 73-year-old adventurer Simon Murray is the new chairman of oil company Gulf Keystone.

South Georgia enters the rat race to exterminate its very unwelcome invaders

Helicopters drop 200 tons of poison pellets in world’s biggest extermination project

The Halley VI is up for a global architecture award

Antarctic polar station up for global architecture award

A dismantlable research station created in the icy wastes for the British Antarctic Survey has been shortlisted for a global architecture award.

Is there a cooler architect in Britain than Hugh Broughton?

Hugh Broughton's moving castle

Is there a cooler architect in Britain than Hugh Broughton? Cooler, as in designing Antarctic bases capable of withstanding temperatures of minus 55C and winds that surge to 100mph, and keeping researchers comfortable for the nine months of the year that they are marooned at their research bases without any prospect of flying or shipping out.

Page 3 Profile: James Cracknell, oarsman and broadcaster

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Ben Fogle: The adventurer talks frostbite, flesh-eating bugs - and an Atlantic challenge

Being on an expedition is about deprivation Whether its trekking through the jungles in Peru or hiking up Kilimanjaro, you really value the resources you have: one pair of pants, limited rations of food, limited battery power. My trips also remind me what I have left behind. Once I'm back home, I'll really value what I have, until I start to become complacent – then I'll go off around the world again.

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Study concludes there is 1 in 20 chance that existing defences would be unable to cope with extreme storm surge

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Adelie Penguins navigating their way through hundreds of huge icebergs. Scientists claim they've taken a step closer to developing hydrogen as a cheap and clean energy

Science moves step closer to developing hydrogen as cheap and clean energy form

Scientists have harnessed the principles of photosynthesis to develop a new way of producing hydrogen – in a breakthrough that offers a possible solution to global energy problems.

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