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Greenland Ice Sheet
2014-02-07 04:35:58

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers writing in the journal Nature say that ocean warming could be causing a four-fold increase in ice loss on the Greenland Ice Sheet. The Greenland Ice Sheet is about a 2-mile thick layer of ice that covers the country. Glaciers that drain the ice sheet plunge into coastal fjords that are about 2,000 feet deep, helping to expose the ice sheet edges that contact the ocean. Oceanographers from Woods Hole Oceanographic...

World's Fastest Moving Glacier Found In Greenland
2014-02-03 12:45:37

[ Watch the Video: Fastest Glacier In The World ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers from the University of Washington and the German Space Agency (DLR) say that a Greenland glacier is slipping off into the ocean at a speed never before seen. The scientists measured the speeds of Jakobshavn Isbræ (Jakobshavn Glacier) in Greenland and found that this glacier is the fastest moving ice sheet ever recorded. “We are now seeing summer speeds more than 4...

Disappearing Snow Increases Risk Of Ice Shelves Collapsing  In Antarctica
2014-01-30 08:19:42

British Antarctic Survey Sea-level research in Antarctica A number of floating ice shelves in Antarctica are at risk of disappearing entirely in the next 200 years, as global warming reduces their snow cover. Their collapse would enhance the discharge of ice into the oceans and increase the rate at which sea-level rises. A rapid reduction of greenhouse gas emissions could save a number of these ice shelves, researchers at Utrecht University and the British Antarctic Survey say in a new...

NASA's New Laser Technology Tracks Arctic Ice With Precision
2014-01-29 06:52:00

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Flying over Greenland and the Arctic Ocean in April 2012, a high-altitude aircraft completed the first polar test of a new laser-based technology designed to measure the height of Earth from space. That instrument was the Multiple Altimeter Beam Experiment Lidar (MABEL), an airborne test bed instrument designed for NASA's ICESat-2 mission, which is slated for launch in 2017. MABEL has returned new results demonstrating that a...

NASA To Map Iceland's Winter Glaciers With High-Precision Radar
2014-01-29 06:05:22

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online This week, a high-precision radar instrument from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) left for Iceland to create detailed maps of how glaciers move in the dead of winter. These maps will aid scientists in understanding some of the most basic processes involved in melting glaciers, which are major contributors to rising sea levels. The instrument—developed by JPL and flying on a NASA research aircraft—departed from NASA's...

Glacier Melt From Global Warming Can Flood Tibetan Pastures
2014-01-20 04:22:04

[ Watch the Video: Melting Tibetan Glaciers Flooding Farmland ] Ranjini Raghunath for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As glaciers melt and sea levels rise due to global warming, coastal regions and islands are beginning to panic. But even places as high up in the mountains as Tibet can face the negative consequences of melting glaciers. The Tibetan Plateau, also known as the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, is the largest plateau in the world – about four times the size of France. Its...

Pine Island Glacier Retreating
2014-01-14 14:44:51

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier (PIG) is now in an irreversible retreat, according to a study published in the journal Nature Climate Change. PIG is one of the biggest single contributors to global sea-level rise, and the latest study says that it could add as much as 0.39-inches to ocean levels in 20 years. “Over the past 40 years Pine Island Glacier in West Antarctica has thinned at an accelerating rate, so that at present it is...

2014-01-13 12:21:42

One of The Purest Waters On The Planet Called SNO(TM) Soon Will Flow Into California From Iceland LOS ANGELES, Jan. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Fresh pristine water from Eyjafjallajokull , a natural glacier in Iceland, is an elixir of health. It can revitalize cells, rejuvenate our body, enhance physical endurance and allow maintenance of proper fat-to-muscle ratio. And now one of the purest waters on the planet, nitrate-free SNO(TM) glacier water from Iceland (www.drinksnowater.com),...

Climatic Variability Has A Significant Impact On Pine Island Glacier
2014-01-03 07:31:08

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Pine Island Glacier, one of the largest routes for ice to flow from Antarctica into the sea, is far more susceptible to climatic and ocean variability than previously believed, according to research published Thursday in the advanced online version of the journal Science. Observations from Dr. Pierre Dutrieux of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and his colleagues showed sizable fluctuations in ocean heat in Pine Island Bay. They...

Glacier Retreat Warning From 50-Year-Old Message In A Bottle
2013-12-23 03:39:49

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers have discovered an over 50-year-old message in a bottle located on Ward Hunt Island in Canada that has led to a surprising discovery about climate change. According to Francie Diep of Popular Science, the bottle was located some 500 miles away from the nearest human settlement, and was placed there by an American geologist known as Paul Walker. The note was dated July 10, 1959, and it asked any scientist who found...


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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