The fringes of the coldest continent are starting to feel the heat, with the northern Antarctic Peninsula warming faster than virtually any place on Earth. These rapidly rising temperatures represent the first breach in the enormous frozen dome that holds 90 percent of the world’s ice. READ MORE

 

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Ecologist and penguin expert Bill Fraser, who has worked in Antarctica for three decades, has done groundbreaking work demonstrating how rapid warming has caused precipitous declines in Adélie penguin populations. Here, on Litchfield Island, Fraser stands with the last pair of Adélie penguin chicks on the island. During the 2005-2006 reproductive season, Adélies went locally extinct on Litchfield, where they had bred for more than 500 years. (Photo by Fen Montaigne)

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