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Youth Therapy For Scandinavia's Glaciers And Landscape
2012-09-24 11:45:58

The high elevation flat surfaces characteristic of the Norwegian landscape are in geologically terms young, according to a paper in Nature Geoscience. In a paper recently published in Nature Geoscience, researchers from the University of Bergen (UiB) and ETH Zurich have demonstrated that ice sheets have extensively shaped the fjords of Norway for the last 2.8 million years. — However, the massive sediment record deposited offshore Norway during this period tells us a more complex...

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2012-09-12 21:26:05

John Neumann for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Sometime between 200 and 500 years ago, in the throes of a mini ice age, sea ice had become thick and stable enough for animal migration to occur between regions in far northern Europe. This sheet of ice gave arctic foxes a migration route to Iceland from previously unavailable landmasses, including present-day Russia, North America and Greenland. Scientists at Durham University reported findings highlighting the importance of...

2012-09-04 10:21:43

WASHINGTON, Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The public is invited to a free lecture being held on Sept. 12 at the Library of Congress, Washington about NASA Scientist Lora Koenig's research at Earth's poles in extreme conditions. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets contain 99 percent of the Earth's fresh-water ice, according to Koenig, a physical scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. "Changes...

Terra Nova Ship That Carried Ill-Fated 1912 Antarctic Expedition Led By Captain Robert Scott Found Sunk Off Greenland
2012-08-16 15:15:12

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online More than a hundred years after Captain Robert F. Scott´s doomed expedition to the Antarctic Circle and the South Pole, his ship, the SS Terra Nova, has been discovered sunk off the coast of Greenland. Scott and his expedition team arrived at the South Pole in January 1912, only to realize he had been beaten by 33 days by a Norwegian team led by Roald Amundsen. Fraught by defeat, Scott´s entire party died on the return...

Greenland Summer Ice Melt Breaks Record Month Before Season Ends
2012-08-16 11:14:51

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The summer melting season in Greenland usually lasts from June when the first puddles of meltwater appear, to September when temperatures begin to cool again. Melting over the Greenland ice sheet shattered the seasonal record on August 8 this year — a full four weeks before the close of the melting season, reports Marco Tedesco, assistant professor of Earth and atmospheric sciences at The City College of New York. This year,...

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...

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...

2012-07-24 06:20:20

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For several days this month, Greenland's surface ice cover melted over a larger area than at any time in more than 30 years of satellite observations. Nearly the entire ice cover of Greenland, from its thin, low-lying coastal edges to its 2-mile-thick center, experienced some degree of melting at its surface, according to measurements from three independent satellites analyzed by NASA and university scientists. (Logo:...

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...

Greenland Ice Not A Reliable Model For Younger Dryas Period
2012-06-27 10:08:54

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com Ice samples that profile Greenland glaciers have long been used to give climate scientists historical temperature data, but those samples could be misleading, according to a new study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. A team led by University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers found that the data gathered from the ice cores around Greenland varies greatly from other records of Northern Hemisphere temperatures during the...


Latest Greenland Reference Libraries

Erik The Red
2014-01-06 11:48:00

Known as Erik the Red, Erik Thorvaldsson is remembered in medieval and Icelandic saga sources as having founded the first Norse settlement in Greenland. The Icelandic tradition signifies that he was born in Rogaland, Norway. The designation “the Red” probably refers to his hair or his beard color. Leif Ericson, the well-known Icelandic explorer, was Erik’s son. When Erik the Red’s father was exiled from Norway due to manslaughter, he sailed west from Norway accompanied by...

Leif Ericson
2014-01-06 10:25:39

Leif Ericson was a Norse explorer seen as the first European to land in North America nearly 500 years prior to Christopher Columbus. According to the Sagas of Icelanders, he established a Norse settlement at Vinland, identified with the Norse L’Anse aux Meadows on the northern point of Newfoundland in modern-day Canada. It is believed that Leif was born in Iceland around the 970’s - the son of father Erik the Red, an explorer and outlaw from Western Norway. Erik founded the first...

Harp Seal
2013-05-01 15:08:34

The harp seal (Pagophilus groenlandicus), also known as the saddleback seal, is a true seal in the Phocidae family. It is native to northern areas of the Atlantic Ocean and to some areas of the Arctic Ocean. Its scientific name means "ice-lover from Greenland,” and it was previously classified within Phoca genus, although studies have shown that it is unique enough to be in a distinct genus. It holds two recognized subspecies, P. groenlandicus groenlandicus and P. groenlandicus oceanicus....

Baffin Bay
2013-04-18 13:21:50

Baffin Bay, which is located between Baffin Island and the southwest coast of Greenland, is a marginal sea of the North Atlantic Ocean. It’s connected to the Atlantic by Davis Strait and the Labrador Sea. A narrower Nares Strait connects the Baffin Bay with the Arctic Ocean. The Baffin Bay is an arm of the Atlantic Ocean that is bordered by Baffin Island towards the west, Greenland towards the east, and Ellesmere Island towards the north. It is connected to the Atlantic through the Davis...

Muskox, Ovibos moschatus
2012-10-01 10:05:00

The muskox (Ovibos moschatus), also known as the musk ox, is native to the Arctic areas of Canada, United Sates, and Greenland. Populations have been introduced into Norway, Sweden, and Siberia, but these are small. There was a population in Antarctica, but it was wiped out due to hunting and climate change, which caused its habitat to decline. Despite this, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service introduced a new population onto Nunivak Island in Antarctica, as a means of supported...

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