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Ice Caps Grow and Shrink
2012-10-24 20:26:45

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Over the past few years, researchers have consistently shown an overall decrease in the size of the Arctic ice cap–particularly during the summer months when the most melting occurs. However, a new study from NASA scientists has shown that this melt off around the Arctic is accompanied by the record expansion of sea ice around Antarctica, when the Southern Hemisphere is experiencing its colder temperatures of the year....

Global Temperatures Were Hot In September
2012-10-16 07:10:12

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online This past summer has been a record setting season. We have seen the lowest ice extent in the Antarctic, the largest number of wildfires and acres burned, the hottest year to date in the U.S., and the hottest month in 118 years of temperature recordings (July 2012) in the U.S. That brings us up to September, which has just tied for the hottest September globally since 1880. September 2012 matched the record for September 2005 for...

Polarstern Has News About Arctic Sea Ice
2012-10-11 18:43:41

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The Polarstern expedition has disconcerting news about our rapidly receding sea ice. The Polarstern, an ice-breaking research vessel, returned to the port of Bremerhaven two days ago. The Polarstern, operating on behalf of the Alfred Wegener Institute, was conducting research into the retreat of sea ice and the impact it will have on the Arctic Ocean and its ecosystems over the last two months. In all, 54 researchers and...

Composition Of Microbial Populations Determined By Freshwater Flows Into The Arctic And Southern Oceans
2012-10-11 08:05:22

Part of NSF's International Polar Year research portfolio, the six-nation study indicates that shallow-water populations have little in common Differing contributions of freshwater from glaciers and streams to the Arctic and Southern oceans appear to be responsible for the fact that the majority of microbial communities that thrive near the surface at the Poles share few common members, according to an international team of researchers, some of whom were supported by the National Science...

ESA Satellites Taking A Deeper Look Into Sea Ice
2012-10-05 08:28:31

This year, satellites saw the extent of Arctic sea ice hit a record low since measurements began in the 1970s. ESA´s SMOS and CryoSat satellites are now taking a deeper look by measuring the volume of the sea-ice cover. Measurements from ESA´s Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS) mission show that ice has thinned significantly in the seasonal ice zones, with extensive areas less than half a metre thick. Sea ice has a large influence on the heat exchange between the ocean...

Arctic Ice Reaches Least Extent Since 2007 Summer Season
2012-09-20 09:23:03

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Arctic sea ice has stopped receding this year, but not before reaching its smallest extent, breaking the previous record set in the summer of 2007, by 18 percent. The new low sets the summertime ice area extent to about 2.1 million square miles, according to estimates from the US National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Colorado. This year´s unprecedented ice melt in the Arctic is the clearest sign yet of global...

Arctic Crustaceans Survive Ice Melt By Migrating Via Deep Ocean Currents
2012-09-14 11:29:59

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As climate change tightens its grip on the polar regions, many biologists are investigating how different species that live there are being affected by increasing temperatures and decreasing polar ice. Some arctic crustaceans are showing why they have persisted for millions of years by adapting to the changes in their environment, according to a new report published in the journal Biology Letters by an international team of scientists....

Arctic Sea Ice Loss Could Have Major Impacts
2012-09-10 06:24:56

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online As the end of the Arctic melt season ends with the region having already set new records for the smallest amount of sea ice extent and volume, experts this past weekend began to gauge exactly what the implications will be, both locally and throughout the rest of the world. According to BBC News Science Editor David Shukman, scientists at the Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI) have reported that the sea ice in the area was becoming...

Canada's Vast Mackenzie River Basin Has Major World Interests At Stake
2012-09-04 07:41:11

Watershed covers roughly 20 percent of Canada, including oil sands; The Mackenzie may discharge more water into the Arctic than the St. Lawrence into the Atlantic The governance of Canada's massive Mackenzie River Basin holds enormous national but also global importance due to the watershed's impact on the Arctic Ocean, international migratory birds and climate stability, say experts convening a special forum on the topic. "Relevant parties in western Canada have recognized the need for...


Latest Arctic Ocean Reference Libraries

Arctic Ocean
2013-04-18 22:31:23

The Arctic Ocean which is located in the Northern Hemisphere and mostly in the Arctic north polar region, is the shallowest and smallest of the world’s five major oceanic divisions. The International Hydrographic Organization recognizes it as an ocean, although, some oceanographers consider it as the Arctic Mediterranean Sea or simply, the Arctic Sea, classifying it a Mediterranean sea or an estuary of the Atlantic Ocean. Alternatively, the Arctic Ocean can be considered as the northernmost...

Baffin Bay
2013-04-18 13:21:50

Baffin Bay, which is located between Baffin Island and the southwest coast of Greenland, is a marginal sea of the North Atlantic Ocean. It’s connected to the Atlantic by Davis Strait and the Labrador Sea. A narrower Nares Strait connects the Baffin Bay with the Arctic Ocean. The Baffin Bay is an arm of the Atlantic Ocean that is bordered by Baffin Island towards the west, Greenland towards the east, and Ellesmere Island towards the north. It is connected to the Atlantic through the Davis...

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2007-10-23 16:48:25

The Bearded Seal (Erignathus barbatus), or Square Flipper Seal, is a seal found in or near to the Arctic Ocean. Its most characteristic feature is the whiskers on its face. When dry, the whiskers curl up giving the bearded seal a raffish look. Other distinguishable features are the square fore-flippers and thick bristles pn their muzzles. Adults are grayish-brown in color, darker on the back, rarely with a few faint spots on the back or dark spots on the flanks. Occasionally the face and...

Arctic Circle
2004-10-19 04:45:44

Arctic Circle -- The Arctic (Land of the Midnight Sun) is the area around the earth's North Pole while antarctic is in South Pole. It includes parts of Russia, Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Lapland and Svalbard as well as the Arctic Ocean. The Arctic Circle is one of the five major circles of latitude that mark maps of the Earth. Everything north of this circle is known as the Arctic, and the zone just to the south of this circle is the Northern Temperate Zone. This is the parallel of...

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tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.