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

[ Watch the Video: Fastest Glacier In The World ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online 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. The scientists measured the speeds of Jakobshavn Isbræ (Jakobshavn Glacier) in Greenland and found that this glacier is the fastest moving ice sheet ever recorded. “We are now seeing summer speeds more than 4...

Ice Sheet Loss At Both Poles Is Clearly Increasing
2012-11-30 08:10:18

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In a new study that ends 20 years of uncertainty, an international team of satellite experts have produced the most accurate assessment of ice losses from Antarctica and Greenland to date. Published in the journal Science, the landmark study shows that the melting of the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets has contributed 11.1 millimeters to global sea levels since 1992, amounting to one fifth of all sea level rise over the survey...

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2008-04-17 14:40:00

Researchers Make First Observations of Surface Meltwater Cutting through the Ice Sheet to Lubricate the BottomResearchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and the University of Washington (UW) have for the first time documented the sudden and complete drainage of a lake of meltwater from the top of the Greenland ice sheet to its base.From those observations, scientists have uncovered a plumbing system for the ice sheet, where meltwater can penetrate thick, cold ice and...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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