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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.

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.

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.

Climatic Variability Has A Significant Impact On Pine Island Glacier
2014-01-03 07:31:08

Pine Island Glacier, one of the largest routes for ice to flow from Antarctica into the sea, is far more susceptible to climatic and ocean variability than previously believed, according to research published Thursday in the advanced online version of the journal Science.

greenland aquifer
2013-12-23 04:31:55

An “extensive” new aquifer discovered in the Greenland Ice Sheet by an international team of researchers contains liquid water year-round, according to research published in Sunday’s edition of the journal Nature Geoscience.

Arctic Ice Improving
2013-12-16 15:27:28

New measurements taken by the ESA's CryoSat show the volume of Arctic sea ice has risen by about 50 percent compared to last year.

East Antarctica Is Pushing Around Its Softer-Mantled Western Half
2013-12-12 07:51:20

West Antarctica is losing weight in the form of billions of tons of ice per year, making its mantle rock softer. This rock is being nudged westward by the harder mantle beneath East Antarctica.

ESA CryoSat Mission Confirms Antarctic Ice Loss Is On The Rise
2013-12-12 06:08:21

With news out of San Francisco this week, at the autumn meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), we learned scientists have incorrectly estimated the amount of ice being lost on the polar continent of Antarctica. This environmental faux pas directly affects the estimates on global sea level rise as well.

The Health Of Antarctic Glaciers Relies On Salt Intake: NASA
2013-12-06 10:19:26

An intriguing link between sea ice conditions and the melting rate of Totten Glacier, the glacier in East Antarctica that discharges the most ice into the ocean, has been found by a NASA-led study.

Airborne Radar Looks Through Thick Ice During NASA Polar Campaigns
2013-12-03 15:23:42

The bedrock hidden beneath the thick ice sheets covering Greenland and Antarctica has intrigued researchers for years. Scientists are interested in how the shape of this hidden terrain affects how ice moves -- a key factor in making predictions about the future of these massive ice reservoirs and their contribution to sea level rise in a changing climate.


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  • A member of the swell-mob; a genteelly clad pickpocket. Sometimes mobsman.
Use of the word 'swell-mobsman' dates at least to the early 1800s.