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Did An Exceptional Iceberg Cause The Sinking Of The Titanic?
2014-08-20 03:06:07

Wiley While the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 is typically blamed on human, design and construction errors, a new Significance paper points to 2 other unfavorable factors outside human control: there were a greater number of icebergs than normal that year, and weather conditions had driven them further south, and earlier in the year, than was usual. The paper also notes that iceberg discharge from glaciers is increasing, with more heavy iceberg years since the 1980s than before, and...

Human Contribution To Glacier Mass Loss Increasing
2014-08-18 03:43:32

University of Innsbruck By combining climate and glacier models, scientists headed by Ben Marzeion from the University of Innsbruck have found unambiguous evidence for anthropogenic glacier mass loss in recent decades. In a paper published in Science, the researchers report that about one quarter of the global glacier mass loss during the period of 1851 to 2010 is attributable to anthropogenic causes. The fraction of human contribution increased steadily and accelerated to almost two...

West Antarctic Ice Sheet
2014-07-12 06:07:29

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Much of the climate change-related research published recently has focused on the impact of warming temperatures on the West Antarctic ice sheet – but what is it about this region that causes scientists to be so interested in it? According to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the West Antarctic ice sheet contains two major slabs of frozen water (the Ronne and Ross Ice Shelves), as well as several...

Curiosity Currently Traveling Through Ancient Glaciers On Mars
2014-06-26 03:13:27

FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology 3,500 million years ago the Martian crater Gale, through which the NASA rover Curiosity is currently traversing, was covered with glaciers, mainly over its central mound. Very cold liquid water also flowed through its rivers and lakes on the lower-lying areas, forming landscapes similar to those which can be found in Iceland or Alaska. This is reflected in an analysis of the images taken by the spacecraft orbiting the red planet....

Analyzing The Role Of The Ocean In Greenland Ice Sheet Melting
2014-06-24 06:51:19

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Ice loss from the Greenland Ice Sheet has increased four-fold over the past four decades, and while warmer atmospheric conditions are to blame for increased melting at the glacier’s surface, scientists now report that oceans play a vital role in how quickly the ice sheet will melt and how much total mass will be lost. According to researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and the University of Oregon,...

greenland Petermann Glacier
2014-06-16 04:01:50

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Newly discovered massive blocks of ice located underneath the ice of Greenland could help scientists learn more about the behavior of ice sheets and how they will respond to global warming, according to research appearing in the latest edition of Nature Geoscience. Lead author Robin Bell, a geophysicist at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, and her colleagues used ice-penetrating radar to discover the ragged...

snow microbes
2014-06-14 03:00:01

University of Leeds The first ecological study of an entire glacier has found that microbes drastically reduce surface reflectivity and have a non-negligible impact on the amount of sunlight that is reflected into space. The research, led by the University of Leeds and published June 12 in the journal FEMS Microbiology Ecology, will help improve climate change models that have previously neglected the role of microbes in darkening the Earth's surface. Observing how life thrives at...

West Antarctica's Thwaites Glacier Is Melting Due To Geothermal Heat
2014-06-10 10:18:21

Gerard LeBlond for redorbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers from the Institute for Geophysics at The University of Texas at Austin (UTIG) have discovered that Thwaites Glacier is being eroded by the ocean, as well as being melted from geothermal heat. Their findings are published in the current edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Accurate information from beneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet has previously been inaccessible, but new findings of...

Arsia Mons
2014-05-28 04:41:47

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online As part of the ongoing search for potentially habitable regions of Mars, geologists from Brown University have pinpointed a volcano that was once encased in glacial ice which could have created large lakes of liquid water. According to the researchers, the Arsia Mons volcano would have created large lakes filled with liquid water after it erupted, making that area one of the most recent habitable environments discovered to date on...

Iron From Melting Ice Sheets Could Buffer Global Warming
2014-05-21 03:19:14

University of Bristol A newly-discovered source of oceanic bioavailable iron could have a major impact on our understanding of marine food chains and global warming. A UK team, including researchers from the University of Bristol, has found that summer meltwaters from ice sheets are rich in iron, which will have important implications on phytoplankton growth. Their findings are reported today in Nature Communications. It is well known that bioavailable iron boosts phytoplankton growth...


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Glacier National Park (US)
2013-03-19 14:40:11

Glacier National Park is located in the American state of Montana, south of the Canadian borders of British Columbia and Alberta. The park contains one million acres of varying landscape with a wide range of plant and animal life. It holds two mountain ranges, over 130 discovered and named lakes, and 16,000 square miles of protected unspoiled ecosystem known as the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem. The history of human presence in the Glacier National Park area is thought to begin about...

Glacier Bay National Park And Preserve
2013-03-19 13:07:23

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is located in the Alaska panhandle, west of the city of Juneau. The establishment of the park first began in 1925, when Calvin Coolidge signed the bill that would make the Glacier Bay area a national monument. After an expansion occurred in 1978 by President Jimmy Carter, the park increased in size by 523,000 acres under the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA). This act helped expand the park again in 1980, while it was in the...

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Word of the Day
malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'