The recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shows nowhere on Earth warming more quickly than this corner of Antarctica. Since 1974, 5,213 square miles of ice shelves have disintegrated in the Antarctic Peninsula. The disintegration allows explorers to sample from the Arctic seabed with unprecedented access, but has potentially damaging implications for the environment.
Corals, as seen here, not only exist in warm tropical waters and along the continental slopes of the Atlantic, but also at this site in the Antarctic. (Julian Gutt/Alfred Wegener Institute)