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Subglacial Antarctic Lake Sediments Contain Diversity Of Ancent Lifeforms
2013-09-11 09:28:57

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A group of British scientists has for the first time found evidence of diverse lifeforms dating back nearly 100 thousand years in subglacial lake sediment. For decades, scientists have been fascinated by the idea that extreme lifeforms might exist in the cold and dark lakes hidden miles beneath the Antarctic ice sheet. Direct sampling of these lakes in the interior of Antarctica, however, presents major technological challenges even...

Important Role In Polar Ocean Carbon Budgets Played By Micro-gels From Tiny Arctic And Antarctic Ice Algae
2013-09-10 10:47:21

Aarhus University Secretion of polysaccharides from the micro community living within the sea ice stick organism together and forms greater particles introducing a rapid transport of carbon to the seafloor. New research now makes it possible to forecast the importance for the global carbon budget of this transport. A community of microscopic algae and bacteria thrives within the Arctic and Antarctic pack ice. These ice-organisms are adapted to growing on the ice crystal surfaces and...

British Antarctic Survey To Launch Long-Term Survey Of Pine Island Glacier
2013-09-09 10:34:32

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An ambitious science mission is about to begin in Antarctica, with team members from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) looking to understand why the continent’s Pine Island Glacier (PIG), located on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, is rapidly diminishing. The goal of the mission is to ultimately discern if rapid ice loss will continue to increase or if it will slow down. The team argues that this research is crucial for...

West Antarctica's Ice Sheet 20 Million Years Older Than Previosuly Estimated
2013-09-05 07:26:16

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A research team led by professors at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) has revealed that, contrary to popular belief, an ice sheet on West Antarctica existed 20 million years earlier than previously thought. These results, published in Geophysical Research Letters, mark a paradigm shift for our understanding of the Earth’s great global ice sheets. Ice sheets first grew on the West Antarctic subcontinent around 34...

Black Carbon Suspect In Mid-1800s Alps Glacier Retreat
2013-09-03 08:17:32

University of Colorado at Boulder Scientists have uncovered strong evidence that soot, or black carbon, sent into the air by a rapidly industrializing Europe, likely caused the abrupt retreat of mountain glaciers in the European Alps. The research, published Sept. 2 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, may help resolve a longstanding scientific debate about why the Alps glaciers retreated beginning in the 1860s, decades before global temperatures started rising again....

Grand Canyon Found Lurking Beneath Greenland's Ice Sheet
2013-08-30 04:06:35

[ Watch the Video: Greenland’s Mega Canyon ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online One of the largest canyons in the world has been discovered beneath the Greenland ice sheet, according to new research appearing in the latest edition of the journal Science. Lead author Jonathan Bamber, a professor at the University of Bristol’s School of Geographical Sciences, and colleagues report the canyon is at least 460 miles (750km) long, up to 2,600 feet (800m) deep in...

Will Climate Change Make The East Antarctic Ice Sheet More Vulnerable?
2013-08-29 05:41:31

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research from Durham University’s Department of Geography reveals the world’s largest ice sheet could be more vulnerable to the effects of climate change than previously thought. A team of researchers used declassified spy satellite imagery from 1963 to 2012 to create the first long-term record of changes in the terminus of outlet glaciers – where they meet the sea – along 3,355 miles of the East Antarctic Ice Sheet's...

The Ice Surrenders Its Secrets Floe By Floe
2013-08-27 12:28:35

AlphaGalileo Foundation Bowhead and minke whale sightings, extensive ice floe measurements and the successful retrieval of important moored instruments are among the successes of a multinational team of ice engineering researchers and marine biologists during their first week off the coast of northeastern Greenland on the Swedish icebreaker Oden. “The general atmosphere on the cruise is quite good,” says Raed Lubbad, cruise director and an associate professor at the Norwegian...

Last Glacial Maximum Peaked In Spain Much Earlier Than Elsewhere
2013-08-26 14:15:13

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While it’s widely believed that the world’s massive ice sheets were at their greatest extent 20,000 years ago during the last glacial maximum, new research published in Scientific Reports suggested that the glacial peak was much earlier in modern-day Spain. According to study researchers, their findings could inform more localized models of glacier activity and be used to calculate the effects of climate change. “We wanted to...


Latest Glaciology Reference Libraries

Columbia Plateau
2013-04-19 16:35:47

The Columbia Plateau ecoregion is a Level III ecoregion designed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency in the U.S. states of Oregon and Washington, with little areas over the Washington state border in Idaho. This ecoregion stretches across a wide swath of the Columbia River Basin from the Dalles, Oregon to Lewiston, Idaho to Okanogan, Washington near the Canadian border. It incorporates nearly 500 miles of the Columbia River, as well as the lower reaches of major tributaries....

Arctic Ocean
2013-04-18 22:31:23

The Arctic Ocean which is located in the Northern Hemisphere and mostly in the Arctic north polar region, is the shallowest and smallest of the world’s five major oceanic divisions. The International Hydrographic Organization recognizes it as an ocean, although, some oceanographers consider it as the Arctic Mediterranean Sea or simply, the Arctic Sea, classifying it a Mediterranean sea or an estuary of the Atlantic Ocean. Alternatively, the Arctic Ocean can be considered as the northernmost...

Meltwater
2009-07-06 17:15:30

Meltwater is water that is released from melting snow or ice. This includes meltwater from glacial ice and ice shelves over oceans. Meltwater is often produced during volcanic eruptions, and can cause dangerous lahars (landslides of wet volcanic debris). When meltwater pools on the surface rather than draining or flowing away, it forms pools known as melt ponds. Meltwater will often refreeze as the temperature drops. Meltwater can also collect or melt under the ice's surface. Sub-glacial...

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