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Press Release 12-071

Scientists Determined First-ever Census for Emperor Penguins

High-resolution satellite images estimate emperor penguin numbers in Antarctica

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Photo of emperor penguins with their young.

On the ice, emperor penguins with their black and white plumage stand out against the snow and colonies are clearly visible on satellite imagery.

Credit: Paul Ponganis, National Science Foundation

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NSF funded study reveals there are twice as many emperor penguins in Antarctica than previously thought, thanks to satellite mapping technology.

Credit: National Science Foundation