You are here: Home Environment Climate Change Australian Scientists Make 3-D Map of Antarctic Sea Ice Australian Scientists Make 3-D Map of Antarctic Sea Ice Australian scientists spent two months recording data to make a 3-D map of Antarctic sea ice. by Heather Carr October 18, 2012, 2:00 am Australian scientists made a 3-D map of Antarctic sea ice. Through the use of an icebreaker Aurora Australis, helicopters, and a robotic underwater vehicle, the researchers were able to record the topography of the ice from both the top and the bottom. The underwater vehicle swam 65 feet underneath the sea ice and recorded the depths of the ice with sonar. With satellite data showing sea ice melting at an unprecedented rate in the Arctic, while increasing in the Antarctic, the information on the thickness and shape of the ice is welcome. The ice thickness can affect plankton blooms which fuel the ocean’s food chain as well as ocean currents. Antarctic iceberg photo via Shutterstock See more Previous article October Unprocessed, Day Eighteen – Granola Bars are a Stumbling Block Next article Channel Your Inner Tim Burton To Cut Down On Sugary Drinks And Win Money Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Upload a photo / attachment to this comment (PNG, JPG, GIF - 6 MB Max File Size): (Allowed file types: jpg, gif, png, maximum file size: 6MB.