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Long Unchanged Alpine Glacier Is Now Melting At Unprecedented Rate
2013-12-12 06:35:56

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international team of glaciologists, led by Ohio State University, has discovered new and compelling evidence that the Italian Alps are warming at an unprecedented rate. The discovery, described at the annual autumn meeting of the American Geophysical Union this past week, was made less than 20 miles from the site where melting ice exposed the 5,000-year-old body of Ötzi the Iceman. A single, dried-out leaf from a larch tree...

The Health Of Antarctic Glaciers Relies On Salt Intake: NASA
2013-12-06 10:19:26

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An intriguing link between sea ice conditions and the melting rate of Totten Glacier, the glacier in East Antarctica that discharges the most ice into the ocean, has been found by a NASA-led study. The discovery, published in Nature Communications, involves cold, extra salty water—brine—that forms within openings in sea ice. The findings will add to our understanding of how ice sheets interact with the ocean, and may improve our...

Airborne Radar Looks Through Thick Ice During NASA Polar Campaigns
2013-12-03 15:23:42

NASA The bedrock hidden beneath the thick ice sheets covering Greenland and Antarctica has intrigued researchers for years. Scientists are interested in how the shape of this hidden terrain affects how ice moves -- a key factor in making predictions about the future of these massive ice reservoirs and their contribution to sea level rise in a changing climate. NASA has been monitoring Antarctic and Arctic ice since 2009 with the Operation IceBridge airborne mission. Although the primary...

Warm Water Causes Arctic Glaciers To Sizzle As They Melt
2013-11-28 06:11:28

[ Watch the Video: Melting Glacial Ice Has Its Own Sound ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online One of the most prominent sounds of a warming planet has been recorded and identified by scientists at the University of Alaska: the sizzle of glacial ice as it melts into the sea. Trapped air bubbles squirting out of the disappearing ice causes a noise that might provide clues to the rate of glacier melt and help researchers better monitor the fast-changing polar...

Arctic Fossil Record Traces Greenland Ice Sheet's Past
2013-11-23 05:24:05

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online There have been many studies telling us how small the Greenland ice sheet is today. A new study, published in the journal Geology, reveals that the ice sheet was actually smaller between 3,000 and 5,000 years ago. Surprisingly, the sheet was as small during this period as it has ever been in recent history. The international research team used a new technique they developed for interpreting the Arctic fossil record. “What’s...

2013-11-22 11:47:09

Predictions of sea level rise could become more accurate, thanks to new insight into how glacier movement is affected by melting ice in summer Predictions of sea level rise could become more accurate, thanks to new insight into how glacier movement is affected by melting ice in summer. Studies of the Greenland ice sheet, including during a record warm summer, are helping scientists better understand how summer conditions affect its flow. This is important for predicting the future...

Moraine Research May Alter Thinking On Climate’s Effect On Glaciers
2013-11-20 07:58:56

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A Dartmouth College-led study published in the latest edition of the journal Quaternary Geochronology describes a newly discovered, more accurate method to date the soil and rock debris left behind by high altitude tropical glaciers. The research could alter pre-existing interpretations of how climate change affected equatorial ice masses, the study authors explained in a statement Tuesday. Currently, scientists use a variety of...

Iceberg Breaks Off Pine Island Glacier, May Disrupt Shipping Lanes
2013-11-14 15:21:30

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers from the University of Sheffield and Southampton were awarded an emergency grant to study how an iceberg that recently separated from an Antarctic glacier could disrupt shipping lanes. Scientists were given $80,000 to fund a six-month study that will predict the movements of a 270-square-mile iceberg that began drifting away from Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica back in July. A NASA image (above) taken by the Aqua...

Glacier ‘Tiger Stripes’ Slowing Down Ice Flow In Antarctica
2013-11-08 17:21:54

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Researchers writing online in the journal Science say they have found narrow stripes of dirt and rock underneath Antarctic glaciers create friction zones that slow the flow of ice toward the sea. These ribs, or “tiger stripes,” provide friction that hinders the glaciers from slipping along the underlying bed of rock and sediment. Understanding how these regions form and subside could help scientists know more about the flow of...

2013-09-30 12:22:46

Disappearing glaciers tell us climate change is here SEATTLE, Sept. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- There are about 160,000 glaciers in the world, and most of them have been around for thousands of years. But glaciers are currently shrinking at an alarming rate. Glacier expert Wendell Tangborn says glaciers are the proverbial "canaries in the coal mine" with regard to climate change, and the news isn't good. Over the past few decades, most glaciers have lost ice mass and many have...


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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