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Greenland's Peripheral Glaciers Also Contribute Significantly To Sea-Level Rise
2013-03-18 13:39:33

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The oft-cliché idea behind the naming of Iceland and Greenland claims their names were derived in an attempt to fool would be sailing marauders, attracting them to the desolate but more hospitably named Greenland, leaving the citizens of Iceland to live upon their slightly more lush island without threat of invasion. In fact, Erik the Red, it is believed, gave the moniker to attract settlers to the ice covered island...

Significant Iron Contributed To North Atlantic Ocean By Glaciers
2013-03-11 12:23:52

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution All living organisms rely on iron as an essential nutrient. In the ocean, iron´s abundance or scarcity means all the difference as it fuels the growth of plankton, the base of the ocean´s food web. A new study by biogeochemists and glaciologists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) identifies an unexpectedly large source of iron to the North Atlantic — meltwater from glaciers and ice sheets, which may stimulate plankton...

The Forming Of Antarctica's Hidden Fjords
2013-03-06 13:41:41

University of Arizona Antarctica's topography began changing from flat to fjord-filled starting about 34 million years ago, according to a new report from a University of Arizona-led team of geoscientists. Knowing when Antarctica's topography started shifting from a flat landscape to one with glaciers, fjords and mountains is important for modeling how the Antarctic ice sheet affects global climate and sea-level rise. Although radar surveys have revealed a rugged alpine landscape...

Research Provides New Insight Into Snowball Earth Duration
2013-02-28 21:17:15

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online About 635 million years ago, our world was covered in ice during an event called "Snowball Earth," and new details written in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences provide new insight on the duration of this event. According to the Snowball Earth hypothesis, an ice age brought on rapid changes in the atmospheric conditions on our planet, followed by a rapid greenhouse heat wave. This period may have given rise to...

Global Sea-Level Rise Could Occur Unevenly Across Globe
2013-02-19 15:43:16

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The fact sea levels could rise if the polar ice caps melt has been long established, but according to new research some regions could see greater increases than others. According to research published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, sophisticated computer modeling of sea-level rise over the coming century suggests parts of the Pacific could see the highest rates of rise while some polar regions will actually...

Urine Of The Rock Hyrax Can Give Past Climate Clues
2013-02-18 08:40:23

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Not cleaning a kitty´s litter box could be a disgusting thought for cat owners, but for Brian Chase of Montpellier University in France – layers of dried urine can reveal exciting new details about an environment as they stack up year after year and generation after generation. Instead of learning about the historical habitat of the common housecat, Chase and his colleagues from the European Research Council analyzed layers...

CryoSat-2 Shows Arctic On Thin Ice
2013-02-13 19:23:12

[ Watch the Video: Arctic Sea Ice Changes 2011-2012 ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online New observations using satellites have confirmed University of Washington researchers' analysis the Arctic Ocean sea ice really is thinning. A team combined new satellite observations, along with a model created by University of Washington researchers, to confirm the summer minimum in Arctic sea ice is one-fifth of what it was back in 1980, when the model started. The...

Ice Loss Not Due To 2012 Arctic Cyclone
2013-01-31 20:18:02

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers are disputing the theory that the culprit behind the historic sea ice minimum was "The Great Arctic Cyclone of August 2012." Writing in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, University of Washington researchers found that the freak summer storm was actually not solely responsible for 2012's record low for Arctic sea ice, but that other factors were in play. Jinlun Zhang, lead author of the paper, and...

Greenland Ice Core Research Points To Higher Seas, Warmer Past
2013-01-24 11:07:31

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research findings based on Greenland ice cores show that if climate change patterns repeat themselves, the Earth will become much warmer and sea levels will rise significantly. In a new report published in the latest edition of the journal Nature, scientists have used Greenland ice cores over 1.5 miles long to collect data on the Eemian period, around 115 to 130 thousand years ago. An analysis of the cores allowed the international...

Algae Fossils Help Unlock Climate Change Secrets
2013-01-23 10:46:06

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online One of the fastest warming regions on the planet — and the fastest warming part of the Southern Hemisphere — is the western Antarctic Peninsula. This warming has been the subject of scientific debate, especially in light of recent instrumental records of both atmospheric and oceanic warming from the region. Holding an equivalent of 5 meters of global sea level rise locked in ice, the Antarctic ice sheet is becoming...


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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Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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