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Polar Ice Sheet Melt Influenced By Underwater Landscape
2012-10-17 12:25:09

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As average global temperatures rise, climatologists are scrambling to see how this development might affect polar ice sheet melt, which could potentially result in a dangerous rise in sea levels. In studying the polar ice sheets around Antarctica, a group of British researchers has found that the shape of water channels beneath the ice can have a strong effect on ice behavior, temporarily hiding indications of its retreat. A report...

Climate Models Work For Mars Too
2012-10-17 10:56:49

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to a new study, scientific modeling methods that predicated climate change on Earth can also be used on Mars as well. Researchers from Planetary Science Institute in Tucson report they have found that an unusual concentration of glacial features on Mars matches predictions made by global climate computerized models, in terms of age and location. "Some public figures imply that modeling of global climate change on Earth is...

Glaciers Cracking In Presence Of Carbon Dioxide
2012-10-11 19:48:46

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Our glaciers and ice caps are experiencing a little chemistry-based “good cop, bad cop” and it looks like the bad cop is going to make them crack under pressure. There is little doubt in the scientific community about the excessive presence at startling levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in our atmosphere and the effect it is having on our increasing global temperatures and our melting ice caps and glaciers....

Youth Therapy For Scandinavia's Glaciers And Landscape
2012-09-24 11:45:58

The high elevation flat surfaces characteristic of the Norwegian landscape are in geologically terms young, according to a paper in Nature Geoscience. In a paper recently published in Nature Geoscience, researchers from the University of Bergen (UiB) and ETH Zurich have demonstrated that ice sheets have extensively shaped the fjords of Norway for the last 2.8 million years. — However, the massive sediment record deposited offshore Norway during this period tells us a more complex...

Antarctic Ice Facing Changes By Fast-Flowing Glaciers
2012-09-19 14:14:23

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A new study found that fast-flowing and narrow glaciers could trigger massive changes in the Antarctic ice sheet, inevitably adding sea-level rise and ice-sheet decay. The team tested high-resolution model simulations against reconstructions of the Antarctic ice sheet from 20,000 years ago. Writing in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), they said they used a new model during their study, capable...

Alpine Glaciers Important For Carbon Cycle 091812
2012-09-18 12:19:01

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online On the surface, the term “carbon cycle” can seem cold and almost prosaic. It´s a term that many of us learned and came to understand in a third-grade science class, with the help of rudimentary illustrations of the sun shining down on the grass that the cow was about to devour for lunch and oversized arrows tracing the flow of energy for us. Like many things we learned in those early classes, it was diluted down to...

Baffin Island Provides Clues To Glacier Melt
2012-09-14 09:16:08

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research, led by the University at Buffalo, is examining an important mystery surrounding climate change: How quickly do glaciers melt and grow in response to shifts in temperature. According to the study, published in Science, glaciers on Canada's Baffin Island expanded rapidly during a brief cold snap about 8,200 years ago. This discovery adds to a growing body of evidence that shows ice sheets reacted rapidly in the past to...

Glacial Melt Accelerates in Himalayan Mountains with Mixed Effects
2012-09-13 09:48:46

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A report, issued this week by the National Research Council (NRC) has concluded that glacial melt in the Eastern and Central Himalayas has accelerated at an alarming rate, while glaciers in the Western Himalayas may actually be growing. Researchers say that this trend could have both positive and negative consequences for local inhabitants and ecosystems. These massive glacier-capped mountains, often referred to as the water towers...

Southern Patagonian Icefield Melting Fast
2012-09-06 07:04:10

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Much has been said lately about Arctic ice melting at an alarming and record-breaking rate, but other ice fields are suffering the same effects of global warming as well. For the last 40 years, scientists have monitored the growing and shrinking of the ice fields in the southern most stretch of South America's Andes Mountains, detecting an overall ice loss as the climate warms. A new study, published in the September 5 issue of...

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2012-08-24 19:26:57

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Glaciologists from Pennsylvania State University and Washington University said their recent study on the David Glacier that appeared in Nature Geoscience not only provides a window into the behavior of glaciers–it also could be used as a simple model for the mechanism behind slip-stick earthquakes like those that occur in Haiti or along the San Andreas Fault. From 2002 to 2003, the research team recorded over 20,000...


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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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cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
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This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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