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Taking Antarctica's temperature

Frozen continent may not be immune to global warming

1:58pm, July 11, 2013

ICEY EXTREMES Various types of ice form off the coast of East Antarctica, as shown in this satellite image. In contrast to the rest of the continent, this region has seen no significant warming.

Antarctica is a land of extremes: the driest, windiest, coldest place on Earth. The ice sheet that blankets the continent is, on average, 2 kilometers thick and covers nearly 14 million square kilometers. Antarctica is so remote and so isolated that as recently as 2007 scientists thought that it might be unaffected by global warming.

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