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Arctic Melt Ponds Are Forcing Rapid Sea Ice Loss
2013-01-18 15:16:11

Melt ponds, a favorite phenomenon among arctic photographers, are turquoise or dark blue pools of water that appear on ice floes during the Arctic summer.

Sea Level Predictions Aided By New Antarctic Geological Timeline
2013-01-16 18:35:25

The uncertainty of future sea level rise is getting a little clearer thanks to research being conducted by a team of scientists.

New Model Assesses Extent Of Sea Level Rise By 2100
2013-01-07 09:01:17

Two professors with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have taken on a new approach to assess future sea level rise due to the world’s melting ice sheets.

West Antarctic Ice Sheet Warming Faster
2012-12-24 05:32:08

A portion of the Antarctic ice sheet is warming nearly twice as quickly as experts had previously believed, which could increase the region's future contribution to rising sea levels, a team of researchers from the Ohio State University has discovered.

Significant Technological Milestones Reached By Trio of Complex Antarctic Science Projects
2012-12-21 13:38:46

Three very large-scale, National Science Foundation-funded Antarctic science projects--investigating scientifically significant subjects as varied as life in extreme ecosystems, the fate of one of the world's largest ice sheets and the nature of abrupt global climate-change events--have recently each reached important technological milestones that will advance cutting-edge research.

New Twist To Sea Ice Forecasting Brought By NASA's Operation IceBridge Data
2012-12-20 12:57:40

Shrinking Arctic sea ice grabbed the world's attention again earlier this year with a new record low minimum. Growing economic activity in the Arctic, such as fishing, mineral exploration and shipping, is emphasizing the need for accurate predictions of how much of the Arctic will be covered by sea ice.

2012-12-14 05:00:29

Compares glacial to global warming. Marlborough, MA, (PRWEB) December 13, 2012 “Tale of the Northwest Passage” has been published to YouTube.

Warm Seas Melting Antarctic Ice Sheet Faster Than Expected
2012-12-07 13:15:29

An international group of oceanographers has published new observations that may improve our ability to predict future changes in ice sheet mass.

Arctic Is Changing Before Our Eyes
2012-12-07 05:07:03

The 2012 Arctic Report Card was released on Thursday, showing a record low snow coverage and record low sea ice extent.

Snow Cover Worldwide Is At Record Lows
2012-12-04 07:25:37

A new study of snow cover observed by satellites reveals record lows in Eurasia for June each year since 2008. Three of the past five years have seen record low cover in North America, as well.


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
ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.