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Mike MacFerrin

Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Colorado in Boulder

Expertise: glaciology, remote sensing

Article in The Sun misrepresents Antarctic discovery and misplaces it on map

This article in The Sun describes the chance discovery of a small island in Antarctica’s Pine Island Bay, which seems to have appeared in the last decade. But the article sensationally connects this with a recent record high temperature at a station elsewhere in Antarctica. While warming trends in the atmosphere and ocean may be relevant, a single weather record is not.
It is not yet clear what is responsible for the island’s appearance.