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Arctic Sea Ice Trends
2014-03-05 08:10:23

According to new research from the University College London, the melt season across the Arctic is getting longer by five days every ten years.

Antarctic ice shelf
2014-03-03 05:04:27

In the mid-1970s, the first available satellite images of Antarctica during the polar winter revealed a huge ice-free region within the ice pack of the Weddell Sea. This ice-free region, or polynya, stayed open for three full winters before it closed.

Bering Land Bridge Was Home To Early Natives For 10,000 Years: Study
2014-02-28 09:47:53

After the ancestors of modern day Native Americans left Asia, they spent approximately 10,000 years living in the shrubby lowlands of the Bering land bridge, according to genetic and environmental evidence.

Adelies Ross Sea ice floes
2014-02-27 05:21:14

The Ross Sea is a major, biologically productive ecosystem in the Antarctic, which "clearly will be extensively modified by future climate change" in the coming decades as longer periods of ice-free open water are created by rising temperatures and changing wind patterns.

pine island glacier
2014-02-21 04:41:24

Previous instances of rapid thinning of Pine Island Glacier suggests that current ice loss in the Antarctic could continue for several more decades, a team of geologists from the US, UK and Germany report in this week’s edition of the journal Science.

CERES Satellite Data Paint A Grim Picture Of Arctic Surface Darkening
2014-02-19 07:03:42

Earth’s reflectivity (albedo) is on a much faster decline than previously estimated due to the retreat of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean. A key instrument incorporated on several NASA satellites has revealed significant data on this profoundly concerning issue.

Greenland Ice Sheet
2014-02-07 04:35:58

Researchers writing in the journal Nature say that ocean warming could be causing a four-fold increase in ice loss on the Greenland Ice Sheet.

World's Fastest Moving Glacier Found In Greenland
2014-02-03 12:45:37

Researchers from the University of Washington and the German Space Agency (DLR) say that a Greenland glacier is slipping off into the ocean at a speed never before seen.

Winter Ice Is On The Decline Across Alaskan Lakes
2014-02-03 10:22:48

According to a new study from the European Space Agency, ice in northern Alaska’s lakes during winter months is on the decline. Twenty years of satellite radar images in the study show how shifts in our climate are affecting high-latitude regions.

NASA To Map Iceland's Winter Glaciers With High-Precision Radar
2014-01-29 06:05:22

This week, a high-precision radar instrument from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) left for Iceland to create detailed maps of how glaciers move in the dead of winter.


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
pawl
  • A pivoted catch designed to fall into a notch on a ratchet wheel so as to allow movement in only one direction (e.g. on a windlass or in a clock mechanism), or alternatively to move the wheel in one direction.
The word 'pawl' probably comes from a Latin word meaning 'stake'.
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