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Space Views of Penguin ‘Poo’ Yield Insights
11 December 2018
Using satellite observations of Antarctica to search for penguin guano (poo) may not sound like the most exciting research, but it's providing scientists with unique insights on the Adélie penguin's diet and the effect that changes in that diet might have on the Adélie's future.
Adélie penguin populations have declined significantly in some areas even as the global population increases. Scientists want to understand why these changes have occurred since they may indicate a change in the Southern Ocean environment or the availability of penguin prey.
Image credit: NASA - Satellite image of the remote Danger Islands near the tip of the western Antarctic Peninsula, which hold the largest population of Adélie penguins on the peninsula.