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2009-08-06 15:14:16

For centuries, inhabitants of Switzerland's largely Roman Catholic south have made a sacred vow with God, praying for protection against the advancing ice of the Great Aletsch glacier. But the citizens of these isolated mountain hamlets are now seeking permission from the pope to reverse their prayers amid fears of global warming. The vow, established in 1678, was simple: villagers of Fiesch and Fieschertal promised to lead virtuous lives in exchange for God's protection of their homes and...

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2009-07-23 06:35:00

One of the largest glaciers in the southern hemisphere has shrunk by a fifth in the last 40 years, French scientists announced on Wednesday. The Cook glacier, located on Kerguelen, in France's Indian Ocean territories, was 193 square miles long in 1963. Using satellite pictures and other information, glaciologists from the Laboratory for Studying Geophysics and Space Oceanography approximate that the glacier melted about 4.9 feet in height every year by 2003, losing 22% of its original size....

2009-07-15 12:54:51

Significant sea ice formation occurred in the Arctic earlier than previously thought is the conclusion of a study published this week in Nature. "The results are also especially exciting because they suggest that sea ice formed in the Arctic before it did in Antarctica, which goes against scientific expectation," says scientific team member Dr Richard Pearce of the University of Southampton's School of Ocean and Earth Science based at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (NOCS).The...

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2009-07-09 15:20:00

One of the world's largest glaciers is under attack from global climate change, researchers reported on Thursday. Located along Greenland's west coast, Ilulissat is known as the most active glacier in the northern hemisphere and among the world's largest. An American study last summer showed that climate change had melted 60 square miles of surface area from the UNESCO-listed glacier from 2001-2005. A recent report by Andreas Peter Ahlstroem, of the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland,...

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2009-06-23 11:25:00

Researchers in Nepal are conducting the first ever field studies of Himalayan glacial lakes, which seem to be rising due to climate change, BBC News reported. The team conducted its first field visit in May at a lake in the Everest region, and later in the year will undergo similar surveys of two other glacial lakes in the central and western part of the Nepalese Himalayas. Arun Bhakta Shrestha, a climate change specialist with the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development...

2009-06-22 10:40:00

Swiss glaciers have lost a lot of ice in recent years due to increased melting. As temperatures climb, so do the fears that the glaciers could one day disappear altogether. Until now it could only be estimated approximately how big the ice volume in the Swiss Alps actually is and how it has changed in recent years. A team of scientists headed by Martin Funk, ETH-Professor at the Laboratory of Hydraulics, Hydrology and Glaciology (VAW) at ETH Zurich, however, has now developed a novel...

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2009-06-21 12:40:00

Findings are relevant to modern Greenland ice sheet, says UB researcher Modern glaciers, such as those making up the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, are capable of undergoing periods of rapid shrinkage or retreat, according to new findings by paleoclimatologists at the University at Buffalo. The paper, published on June 21 in Nature Geoscience, describes fieldwork demonstrating that a prehistoric glacier in the Canadian Arctic rapidly retreated in just a few hundred years. The proof of...

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2009-06-18 11:32:14

Two abrupt and drastic climate events, 700 years apart and more than 45 centuries ago, are teasing  scientists who are now trying to use ancient records to predict future world climate. The events "“ one, a massive, long-lived drought believed to have dried large portions of Africa and Asia, and the other, a rapid cooling that accelerated the growth of tropical glaciers "“ left signals in ice cores and other geologic records from around the world. Lonnie Thompson, University...

2009-06-15 16:25:20

Researchers here have used sediment from the deep ocean bottom to reconstruct a record of ancient climate that dates back more than the last half-million years.The record, trapped within the top 20 meters (65.6 feet) of a 400-meter (1,312-foot) sediment core drilled in 2005 in the North Atlantic Ocean by the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, gives new information about the four glacial cycles that occurred during that period.The new research was presented today at the Chapman Conference on...

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2009-06-15 06:50:00

Faced with daily headlines warning of the dire repercussions of global warming and the havoc it's wreaking in the planet's polar regions, it may seem like something of an anomaly that Argentina's Perito Moreno glacier has continued to flourish in the face of such ostensible environmental calamity.  The 97 square mile icy monolith is the world's third largest reserve of fresh water and one of 48 glaciers in Argentina and Chile fed by the melting snow that trickles down from the...


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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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