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Greenland Ice Sheet Is Hiding Subglacial Lakes
2013-11-28 04:29:14

Researchers have discovered a pair of subglacial lakes discovered over 800 meters beneath the Greenland Ice Sheet – the first ever to be discovered in the island nation, according to research appearing in the latest edition of the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

Study Shows Subarctic Lakes Drying Up At A Rate Not Seen In 200 Years
2013-11-27 15:53:58

The decrease in snowfall observed in recent years in Canada's subarctic regions has led to worrisome desiccation of the regions' lakes.

Volcano Found Deep Below West Antarctica's Ice
2013-11-18 04:31:37

Researchers have discovered a volcano located beneath roughly one kilometer of ice in western Antarctica, and they believe that the heat it produces could increase the rate of ice loss from one of the region’s primary ice streams.

Subglacial Antarctic Lake Sediments Contain Diversity Of Ancent Lifeforms
2013-09-11 09:28:57

A group of British scientists has for the first time found evidence of diverse life forms dating back nearly 100 thousand years in subglacial lake sediment.

Surprising Resilience Shown By Alaska Tundra After Unprecedented Fire
2013-08-30 09:20:21

Despite the size and severity of the massive 2007 Anaktuvuk River fire on Alaska’s North Slope, much of the arctic vegetation has recovered and the tundra is likely to return to its pre-fire condition

Sea Ice Decline Changing The Vegetation Of The Arctic
2013-08-23 10:26:03

Sea ice decline and warming trends are changing the vegetation in nearby arctic coastal areas, according to two University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists.

2013-08-01 08:34:07

Slight changes in the timing of the annual loss of sea-ice in polar regions could have dire consequences for polar ecosystems, by allowing a lot more sunlight to reach the sea floor.

Russia Blocks Antarctic Sanctuary
2013-07-17 08:34:56

Russia has blocked attempts to establish marine reserves in the Ross Sea and Eastern Antarctica, preventing the formation of what would have become the world's largest ocean sanctuary.

Swamp-Like Water System Revealed Under Antarctica's Thwaites Glacier
2013-07-09 14:43:50

While using a innovative radar analysis method to accurately image the subglacial water system under West Antarctica's Thwaites Galcier, scientists discovered a swamp-like canal system beneath the ice.


Latest Extreme points of Earth Reference Libraries

Antarctica
2013-02-18 10:15:24

Antarctica is the Earths southernmost continent; it contains the geographic South Pole. It’s situated in the Antarctic area of the Southern Hemisphere, almost completely south of the Antarctic Circle, and is bordered by the Southern Ocean. It’s the fifth-largest continent at 5.4 million sq miles. On average, it is the driest, coldest, and windiest continent as well as having the highest average elevation of all the continents. Considered a desert, the annual precipitation is only 8...

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2009-05-14 17:45:56

The Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station is a U.S. research facility based at the South Pole, in Antarctica. It is the southernmost continually inhabited place on the planet. Its name honors Roald Amundsen who reached the South Pole in December 1911, and Robert F. Scott who reached the South Pole in January 1912. The station was constructed in 1956 to support the International Geophysical Year in 1957. It has been continuously occupied since then. It currently lies within 330 feet of the...

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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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'.