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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Since Fraser first came to the U.S. science base, Palmer Station, in 1974, Adélie penguin populations in his study area have plunged from more than 30,000 pairs to roughly 5,000. Here on Torgersen Island, an Adélie stands in an abandoned colony. Fraser, 60, believes that Adélie penguins will disappear from Palmer Station in his lifetime. “They’re on a decline,” says Fraser, “that has no recovery.”(Photo by Fen Montaigne)

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