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New Study Sheds Light On Little Ice Age
2012-01-30 15:44:41

University of Colorado researchers report that they have answered some questions surrounding Earth's Little Ice Age, which started between A.D. 1275 and 1300, and lasted into the late 19th century. According to the new study, the Little Ice Age was triggered by repeated, explosive volcanism and sustained by a self-perpetuating sea ice-ocean feedback system in the North Atlantic Ocean. Professor Gifford Miller, who led the study, said the team's evidence from radiocarbon dates from dead...

Cold Winters May Be Caused By Warmer Summers
2012-01-14 04:15:14

Scientists have offered up a convincing explanation for the harsh winters recently experienced in the Northern Hemisphere; increasing temperatures and melting ice in the Arctic regions creating more snowfall in the autumn months at lower latitudes. Their findings may throw light on specific weather incidents such as the extremely harsh Florida winter of 2010 which ended up killing a host of tropical creatures, as well as the chaos-causing snow that fell on the UK in December 2010....

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2011-12-04 08:37:41

Arctic air temperatures were approximately 2.5 degrees Fahrenheit higher in 2011 than the baseline number for the previous three decades, and the region continues to lose ice sheet and glacier mass at a "dramatic" rate, according to a new report released by an international team of scientists Thursday. The 2011 Arctic Report Card, which was compiled by a team of 121 scientists from 14 different countries, measures the status of the area in five different categories: atmosphere, sea ice and...

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2011-11-24 11:53:36

The National Snow and Ice Data Center reports that Arctic sea ice continues to shrink each summer to nearly record low levels, with this year´s ice loss the second-lowest ever since records first began being taken in 1979. Despite only a few decades worth of records, a new study, published in the British journal Nature, found that “both the duration and magnitude of the current decline in sea ice seem to be unprecedented for the past 1,450 years,” reported the authors. The...

Arctic Sea Ice At Second-lowest Level Since 1979
2011-09-16 04:32:17

  The extent of Arctic Ocean sea ice fell to its second-lowest size since 1979, the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) said on Thursday. According to preliminary findings, the annual sea ice minimum was reached on September 9, when the ice covered 1.67 million square miles, the center said in a statement. "Changing winds could still push ice flows together reducing ice extend further," the researchers said. A full analysis will be available early next month, when...

Arctic Sea Ice Extent Hits Record Low
2011-09-11 04:01:00

  The area covered by Arctic sea ice during the summer reached a new all-time low on Thursday, with the summer sea ice extent falling to 1.64 million square miles (4.24 million square kilometers), scientists from a German university reported on Friday. According to AFP reports on Saturday, the current level is approximately one-half a percent below the previous record low, which dates back to the first satellite observations in 1972. Researchers at the University of Bremen's...

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2011-08-26 06:20:31

  A new report from the European Space Agency (ESA) shows that sea ice in the Arctic Ocean has receded dramatically during this summer, opening up two new shipping lanes - the Canadian Northwest Passage and Russia´s Northern Sea Route. The summer of 2007 recorded the lowest amount of sea ice since satellite observations began in 1979. That season was hit with unusual weather; skies opened over the central Arctic Ocean and wind patterns pushed warm air into the region,...

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2011-08-12 05:15:00

The melting of Arctic sea ice may temporarily stabilize, and the ice may even expand, over the coming years, according to new research by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). "As we learn more about climate variability, new and unexpected research results are coming to light," said Sarah Ruth, program director in the Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences, which funds NCAR. "What's needed now are longer-term observations to better understand the effect of...

2011-07-05 12:11:14

Rising air temperatures in the Arctic region have led to an increase in rainfall and a decrease in snowfall, making the sea ice more susceptible to melting, a new study has revealed. The research was presented today by Dr James Screen from the University of Melbourne at the XXV International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics General Assembly in Melbourne. The Arctic region is warming more rapidly than anywhere else on Earth. Dr Screen of the University's School of Earth Sciences, who led the...

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2011-06-17 08:10:00

A new survey of barrier islands published earlier this spring offers the most thorough assessment to date of the thousands of small islands that hug the coasts of the world's landmasses. The study, led by Matthew Stutz of Meredith College, Raleigh, N.C., and Orrin Pilkey of Duke University, Durham, N.C., offers new insight into how the islands form and evolve over time "“ and how they may fare as the climate changes and sea level rises. The survey is based on a global collection of...


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cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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