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2009-08-31 11:26:19

The conference showed that the Arctic climate is changing rapidly in a number of different ways: The recent rate of decrease in thickness and volume of the Arctic sea ice has been faster than the rate of aerial shrinkage determined from satellites. Given that the present trend of melt continues, some models indicate that it is quite likely that the Arctic Ocean could be ice free in the summer time as early as 2015-16. There has been a rapid increase in the mass-loss from the Greenland ice...

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2009-08-31 07:50:00

In the small village of Dengboche at the foot of Nepal's Himalayas, residents have watched for years as a glacier-fed lake has continued to grow, an undeniable sign that the glacier is gradually melting. According to an AFP report, elderly residents who have spent their entire lives in the village attest to the fact that the lake simply did not exist at all a mere 50 years ago. The Imja Glacier, which looms ominously above Dengboche, has been retreating at a rate of roughly 230 feet per year...

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2009-08-27 08:22:04

Ice, when heated, is supposed to melt. That's why a collection of glaciers in the Southeast Himalayas stymies those who know what they did 9,000 years ago. While most other Central Asian glaciers retreated under hotter summer temperatures, this group of glaciers advanced from one to six kilometers. A new study by BYU geologist Summer Rupper pieces together the chain of events surrounding the unexpected glacial growth. "Stronger monsoons were thought to be responsible," said Rupper, who...

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2009-08-14 12:25:00

Experts say one of the largest glaciers in Antarctica is thinning four times faster than it was 10 years ago, BBC News reported. The surface of the ice at the Pine Island glacier in west Antarctica is now dropping at a rate of up to 50 feet a year, according to a recent study of satellite measurements. The work, by British scientists and published in Geophysical Research Letters, shows that the glacier has lowered by almost 300 feet since 1994, which has serious implications for sea-level...

2009-08-13 23:33:00

(TSX: AAV, NYSE: AAV) CALGARY, Aug. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Advantage Oil Gas Ltd. ("Advantage" or the "Corporation") is pleased to announce the unaudited operating and financial results of Advantage Energy Income Fund (the "Fund") for the second quarter ended June 30, 2009. On July 9, 2009, the Fund, Advantage and holders of trust units of the Fund completed a plan of arrangement (the "Arrangement") which resulted in the reorganization of the Fund into the Corporation. As a result of...

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2009-08-13 12:20:00

A new study published on Thursday suggests climate is the main factor limiting the height of mountains across the globe, and not the upward thrust of the Earth's clashing tectonic plates, AFP reported. Scientists said this so-called "buzzsaw" effect of glaciers forms when temperatures stay below a certain threshold, otherwise the peaks of Mount Everest and K2 might have been even higher. David Engholm, a researcher at Aarhus University in Denmark and lead author of the study, said glaciers...

2009-08-07 10:05:36

The shrinking of three U.S. glaciers raises concerns about rising sea levels and the future availability of fresh drinking water, scientists said. Climate change is shrinking the ice at an accelerated rate on the South Cascade Glacier in Washington state, the Wolverine Glacier on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula and the Gulkana Glacier in interior Alaska, The McClatchy Newspapers reported Friday. The three glaciers, known as benchmark glaciers, have shown a rapid and sustained retreat, U.S....

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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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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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