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Glacier Geometry Linked To Diverse Calving Patterns
2013-07-23 05:24:37

Large stretches of ice on the coasts of Antarctica and Greenland are at risk of rapidly cracking apart and falling into the ocean in events over the coming decades that could aggravate sea level rise.

Ancient Antarctic Ice Melt 66 Feet
2013-07-22 08:50:47

A large team of international researchers has looked millions of years into the Antarctic past and found evidence that massive sections of the continent's eastern ice sheet once melted to raise sea levels by around 66 feet.

Understanding The Mechanisms Of Supraglacial Lake Drainage
2013-07-17 11:03:06

Lakes often form on top of a glacier and drain onto the bedrock below, lubricating a glacier's movements as a result. A new study from an international group of researchers has found the way these lakes drain can affect the velocity, extent and direction of a glacier's progress.

Rising Sea Levels Will Require Adaptation For Generations To Come
2013-07-17 05:46:24

According to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the greenhouse gases emitted today will cause the sea level to rise for centuries to come. It is estimated each degree of global warming will raise sea levels by more than two meters.

Satellite Data Not Enough Predict Ice Cap Melt
2013-07-15 09:38:00

New research from a team of European scientists has found there isn't enough satellite data to determine the rate of polar ice cap melt very far into the future and warned against using current trends to predict sea level rise that might result from melting glaciers.

Surface Melt Will Continue To Dominate Greenland Ice-Loss
2013-07-10 15:13:45

Greenland's ice sheet is considered an important potential contributor to future global sea-level rise over the next century or longer. It contains an amount of ice that could lead to a rise of global sea level by more than 22 feet if it completely melted.

2013-07-10 14:23:46

New research by UM bioclimatology Assistant Professor Ashley Ballantyne models the influence of Arctic sea ice on Arctic temperatures during the Pliocene era.

Swamp-Like Water System Revealed Under Antarctica's Thwaites Glacier
2013-07-09 14:43:50

While using a innovative radar analysis method to accurately image the subglacial water system under West Antarctica's Thwaites Galcier, scientists discovered a swamp-like canal system beneath the ice.

First Greenland Test Passed By NASA’s Polar Robotic Ranger
2013-07-08 14:30:21

Defying 30 mph gusts and temperatures down to minus 22 F, NASA’s new polar rover recently demonstrated in Greenland that it could operate completely autonomously in one of Earth’s harshest environments.

Ghost Lake Found Beneath Antarctica's Ice Sheet
2013-07-03 05:32:53

A vast crater has been found in Antarctica's icy surface by the European Space Agency's CryoSat satellite. The crater was formed, scientists believe, when a lake lying under about 2 miles of ice drained suddenly.


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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