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Greenland's Rapid Ice Sheet Recession Hard To Predict
2012-08-03 13:01:47

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Despite the rapid thaw of the Greenland Ice Sheet, scientists are still far from even being able to predict its disappearance. Recent research conducted by an international team of scientists provided evidence that this is not the first time in modern history that the ice sheet has receded and then stabilized again. Research and news reports surrounding the melting of polar and sub-polar ice often has a doom and gloom tone, but the...

2012-07-30 13:49:09

After the fall of the Soviet Union twenty years ago, water distribution in Central Asia became a source of conflict. In areas where summer precipitation is low, glaciers play an important role when considering the quantity of available water. The Tien Shan region is a prime example; mountain glaciers in this region contribute significantly to the fresh water supply in the arid zones of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Northwestern China. Like Switzerland, Kyrgyzstan...

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2012-07-25 20:53:16

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists believe they have discovered a hidden rift valley that may be contributing to ice loss in West Antarctica. University of Aberdeen and British Antarctic Survey (BAS) experts made the discovery below Ferrigno Ice Stream, which is a very remote region that has only been visited once before. The team has reveled that the ice-filled ancient rift basin is connected to the warming ocean, which impacts ice flow and loss. The...

Ice Cores Analysis Shows Warming And CO2 Are Closely Related
2012-07-25 08:28:23

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists have always linked the increase of atmospheric carbon dioxide to a rise in global temperatures, but new research by an international team of scientists connects the cause and effect more strongly than ever before. According to their report recently published in the scientific journal Climate of the Past, the research team tested tiny bubbles of air trapped in layers of ice around Antarctica for carbon dioxide levels and...

Greenland Ice Melt Is "Unprecedented"
2012-07-25 06:04:10

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Satellites have revealed that Greenland's surface ice cover has melted this month more than any time in over 30 years of satellite observations. NASA said that nearly the entire ice cover of Greenland experienced some degree of melting at its surface this past month. Measurements from three independent satellites were analyzed by NASA and university scientists, who found that 97 percent of the ice sheet surface in Greenland thawed...

Greenland Glacier Loses An Ice Island Twice The Size Of Manhattan
2012-07-18 07:11:16

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Andreas Muenchow, associate professor of physical ocean science and engineering in University of Delaware´s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, reports the calving of an island two times the size of Manhattan on July 16, 2012, in his “Icy Seas” blog. Muenchow credits Trudy Wohleben of the Canadian Ice Service for first noticing the fracture. MODIS, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer aboard...

2012-07-11 13:59:22

The cause of rapid sea level rise in the past has been found by scientists at the University of Bristol using climate and ice sheet models. The process, named 'saddle-collapse', was found to be the cause of two rapid sea level rise events: the Meltwater pulse 1a (MWP1a) around 14,600 years ago and the '8,200 year' event. The research is published today in Nature. Using a climate model, Dr Lauren Gregoire of Bristol's School of Geographical Sciences and colleagues unearthed the series of...

2012-07-09 17:24:09

Resting in the Karakoram Range between northern Pakistan and western China, the Karakoram glaciers are stumping scientists. Unlike most mountain glaciers, the Karakoram glaciers, which account for 3 percent of the total ice-covered area in the world, excluding Greenland and Antarctica, are not shrinking. On the contrary, a team of French glaciologists has recently confirmed that these glaciers on average have remained stable or may have even grown slightly in recent years. Although all...

Climate In Arctic More Vulnerable Than Thought
2012-06-25 10:10:11

First analyses of the longest sediment core ever collected on land in the terrestrial Arctic provide documentation that intense warm intervals, warmer than scientists thought possible, occurred there over the past 2.8 million years First analyses of the longest sediment core ever collected on land in the terrestrial Arctic, published this week in Science, provide documentation that intense warm intervals, warmer than scientists thought possible, occurred there over the past 2.8 million...


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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