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Peruvian Ice Cores Reveal History Of Earth's Tropical Climate
2013-04-05 13:11:38

Earth's tropical climate history has been revealed in unprecedented detail – year by year, for almost 1,800 years – by two annually dated ice cores drawn from the tropical Peruvian Andes.

West Antarctic Ice Sheet Warming Faster
2012-12-24 05:32:08

A portion of the Antarctic ice sheet is warming nearly twice as quickly as experts had previously believed, which could increase the region's future contribution to rising sea levels, a team of researchers from the Ohio State University has discovered.

80-Year-Old Photos Aid In Greenland Ice Melt Study
2012-05-30 09:11:47

Researchers from Denmark’s University of Copenhagen have gained new insight into the loss of ice mass in Greenland’s glaciers thanks to a chance discovery of 80-year-old photo plates discovered in a Danish basement.

Image 1 - AFTER - Next Giant Ice Island Poised To Break Free From Greenland
2011-09-02 07:53:08

Researcher Alun Hubbard, of the Center for Glaciology at Aberystwyth University said he was rendered “speechless” when a glacier about twice the size of Manhattan he and his team have been tracking appeared close to breaking off.

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2010-12-15 14:32:30

The northernmost mummified forest ever found in Canada is revealing how plants struggled to endure a long-ago global cooling.

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2010-08-10 09:40:00

Glaciologists who drilled through an ice cap perched precariously on the edge of a 16,000-foot-high Indonesian mountain ridge say that the ice field could vanish within in the next few years, another victim of global climate change.

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2010-07-12 09:46:04

NASA-funded researchers monitoring Greenland's Jakobshavn Isbrae glacier report that a 7 square kilometer section of the glacier broke up on July 6 and 7.

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2009-11-02 14:37:09

Researchers spent two months this summer high in the Peruvian Andes and brought back two cores, the longest ever drilled from ice fields in the tropics.

2008-12-15 10:06:39

 Researchers watching the loss of ice flowing out from the giant island of Greenland say that the amount of ice lost this summer is nearly three times what was lost one year ago.The loss of floating ice in 2008 pouring from Greenland's glaciers would cover an area twice the size of Manhattan Island in the U.S., they said."We now know that the climate doesn't have to warm any more for Greenland to continue losing ice," Box said.  "It has probably passed the point where it could...


Word of the Day
ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.