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2011-10-26 09:13:38

Significant increases in annual temperatures are having a devastating effect on glaciers in the mountainous regions of south-western China, potentially affecting natural habitats, tourism and wider economic development. In a study published today, 25 October 2011, in IOP Publishing's Environmental Research Letters, scientists examined data from 111 weather stations across south-western China and have shown that temperature patterns were consistent with warming, at a statistically...

Extreme Melting On Greenland Ice Sheet Reported
2011-10-26 03:32:48

Glacial Melt Cycle Could Become Self-Amplifying, Making it Difficult to Halt The Greenland ice sheet can experience extreme melting even when temperatures don´t hit record highs, according to a new analysis by Dr. Marco Tedesco, assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at The City College of New York.  His findings suggest that glaciers could undergo a self-amplifying cycle of melting and warming that would be difficult to halt. “We are...

Mount Everest Could One Day Be Ice-free
2011-09-26 08:36:17

  Rapid climate change could soon leave Mount Everest ascenders with an ice-free climb, according to climbers and custodians of the world´s tallest mountain. An international mission, funded by the US and led by the Mountain Institute, was launched to gauge the effects of climate change in the Himalayas. What they discovered was that Mount Everest´s southern approach was losing its ice cover. Meeting in Katmandu to work out practical solutions from the threat of...

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, reports MSNBC. In 2009, scientists installed GPS masts on the Petermann Glacier to track its movement and in August of last year, the “calving” event of the glacier, where it separates itself from land, began following the tides...

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2011-07-29 09:35:00

Bt Jill Sakai, University of Wisconsin-Madison During the last prolonged warm spell on Earth, the oceans were at least four meters "“ and possibly as much as 6.5 meters, or about 20 feet "“ higher than they are now. Where did all that extra water come from? Mainly from melting ice sheets on Greenland and Antarctica, and many scientists, including University of Wisconsin-Madison geoscience assistant professor Anders Carlson, have expected that Greenland was the main culprit. But...

2011-07-25 09:10:00

GREENBELT, Md., July 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An international team of researchers has combined data from multiple sources to provide the clearest account yet of how much glacial ice surges into the sea following the collapse of Antarctic ice shelves. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The work by researchers at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), the Laboratoire d'Etudes en Geophysique et Oceanographie Spatiales, Centre National de...

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2011-07-17 07:31:08

Study on Jakobshavn Isbrae supports growing evidence that calving glaciers are particularly sensitive to climate change Large, marine-calving glaciers have the ability not only to shrink rapidly in response to global warming, but to grow at a remarkable pace during periods of global cooling, according to University at Buffalo geologists working in Greenland. The conclusion stems from new research on Jakobshavn Isbrae, a tongue of ice extending out to sea from Greenland's west coast. Through...

2011-07-13 12:37:05

Fresh research into glaciers could help scientists better predict the impact of changing climates on global sea levels Fresh research into glaciers could help scientists better predict the impact of changing climates on global sea levels. Scientists have shown for the first time that the terrain beneath glaciers influences how much glacier melt contributes to fluctuations in sea levels. Researchers say the study will improve their understanding of how ice sheet movements have affected sea...

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2011-06-27 09:35:00

A major glacier is undermined from below Stronger ocean currents beneath West Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier Ice Shelf are eroding the ice from below, speeding the melting of the glacier as a whole, according to a new study in Nature Geoscience. A growing cavity beneath the ice shelf has allowed more warm water to melt the ice, the researchers say"”a process that feeds back into the ongoing rise in global sea levels. The glacier is currently sliding into the sea at a clip of four...

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2011-06-03 09:20:00

Scientists from the U.S., U.K. and Australia have used ice-penetrating radar to create the first high- resolution topographic map of one of the last uncharted regions of Earth, the Aurora Subglacial Basin, an immense ice-buried lowland in East Antarctica larger than Texas. The map reveals some of the largest fjords or ice cut channels on Earth, providing important insights into the history of ice in Antarctica. The data will also help computer modelers improve their simulations of the past...


Latest Glacier Reference Libraries

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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