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2011-04-20 14:20:00

According to a new study, melting glaciers and ice caps on Canadian Arctic islands play a much greater role in sea level rise than scientists previously thought. There are bout 30,000 islands within the 550,000-square-mile Canadian Arctic Archipelago.  The study found that between 2004 and 2009, the region lost the equivalent of three-quarters of the water in Lake Erie. Alex Gardner, a research fellow in the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences at the University of...

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2011-04-05 11:57:18

Loss of glaciers and snowpack due to climate warming in alpine regions is putting pressure on a rare aquatic insect, the meltwater stonefly, according to a study recently released in Climatic Change Letters. In the study, scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of Montana, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service illustrate that alpine aquatic insects can be good early warning indicators of climate warming in mountain ecosystems. The glaciers in Glacier...

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2011-04-04 11:05:00

New research, published Sunday in the journal Nature Geoscience, highlights San Rafael Glacier in Patagonia, which has retreated about 5 miles since the peak of the Little Ice Age, BBC News reports. Glaciers have lost volume on average "10 to 100 times faster" in the last 30 years. Sea levels are rising faster now than at any time in the last 350 years and melting glaciers are a large reason for that, according to the study by Universities at Aberystwyth, Exeter and Stockholm who looked at...

2011-03-21 14:30:00

SEATTLE, March 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Holland America Line has joined with the U.S. National Park Service to produce a "Glacier Bay Ranger Podcast Anthology" that gives guests a unique glimpse into one of the largest protected wilderness areas in North America. Narrators Paul Lasley and Elizabeth Harryman, radio personalities and hosts of Holland America Line's iPod Art Tours, present a rare insider's view into this land of scenic and natural wonders. Each podcast includes in-depth...

2011-03-07 01:01:00

Glacier Reserves Increase to 1 Tcf (TSX: AAV, NYSE: AAV) CALGARY, March 7 /PRNewswire/ - Advantage Oil & Gas Ltd. ("Advantage" or the "Company") is pleased to announce its year end reserves as of December 31, 2010.  Sproule Associates Ltd. ("Sproule") was engaged as an independent qualified reserve evaluator to evaluate Advantage's year end reserves (the "Sproule Report") in accordance with National Instrument 51-101 ("NI 51-101") and the Canadian Oil and Gas Evaluation...

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2011-02-24 11:08:53

"Recent scientific studies indicate that between June 1983 and August 2006, a glacier on Peru's Huaytapallana Mountain has lost 50 percent of its surface ice," Erasmo Meza, manager of natural resources and the environment in the central Andean region of Junin, told the official Andina news agency. Losing the ice in just 23 years, officials warned of concerns of climate change's growing threat to fresh water resources in the Andes mountains. Meza continued, telling AFP the 1.9 square miles of...

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2011-02-21 10:05:00

The contribution of Greenland to global sea level change and the mapping of previously unknown basins and mountains beneath the Antarctic Ice Sheet are highlighted in a new film released by Cambridge University this morning. The work of glaciologist Professor Julian Dowdeswell, Director of Cambridge University's Scott Polar Research Institute, is the focus of This Icy World, the latest film in the University's Cambridge Ideas series. A frequent visitor to both the Arctic and Antarctic,...

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2011-02-13 08:33:46

A set of maps created by the University of Sheffield have illustrated, for the first time, how our last British ice sheet shrunk during the Ice Age. Led by Professor Chris Clark from the University´s Department of Geography, a team of experts developed the maps to understand what effect the current shrinking of ice sheets in parts of the Antarctic and Greenland will have on the speed of sea level rise. The unique maps record the pattern and speed of shrinkage of the large...

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2011-01-28 13:31:48

Scientists studying the world's most enigmatic lake have only 165 feet left to drill as time is running out. Vostok is a sub-glacial lake in Antarctica, hidden about 13,000 ft beneath the ice sheet. With the Antarctic summer almost over, temperatures will soon start to drop. Scientists will leave the remote base on February 6, when conditions are still mild enough for a plane to land. The team has not stopped drilling for weeks. "It's like working on an alien planet where no one has been...

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2011-01-27 09:26:45

Hotter summers may not be as catastrophic for the Greenland ice sheet as previously feared and may actually slow down the flow of glaciers, according to new research. A letter published in Nature on 27 January explains how increased melting in warmer years causes the internal drainage system of the ice sheet to 'adapt' and accommodate more melt-water, without speeding up the flow of ice toward the oceans. The findings have important implications for future assessments of global sea level...


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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
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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