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NASA's Arctic IceBridge Campaign Closes With Much Success
2013-04-30 14:14:59

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA said its Operation IceBridge team has finished up another successful campaign to continue collecting data of Arctic ice measurements. IceBridge was started in 2009 to help continue and expand a dataset started by NASA's Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite (ICESat) in 2003. During this year's campaign, the team measured sea ice, mapped sub-ice bedrock and gathered data on Greenland's glaciers by flying science missions...

2013-04-15 11:49:10

1000-year Antarctic Peninsula climate reconstruction A new 1000-year Antarctic Peninsula climate reconstruction shows that summer ice melting has intensified almost ten-fold, and mostly since the mid 20th Century. Summer ice melt affects the stability of Antarctic ice shelves and glaciers. The research, published this week in the journal Nature Geoscience, adds new knowledge to the international effort that is required to understand the causes of environmental change in Antarctica and...

Antarctic Ice Flow Critical To Health Of The Planet
2013-04-10 10:43:29

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online "Go with the flow" has been a standard, if somewhat glib, piece of nearly universally applicable advice for a long time — and never more so than now. Shujie Wang, a geography doctoral student at the University of Cincinnati's McMicken College of Arts & Sciences, recently led a team of researchers who discovered that the best way to monitor the environmental health of the Antarctic is just to go with the flow. The ice...

Greenland's 2012 Record Ice Melt Due To Thin Cloud Cover
2013-04-04 11:15:46

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Global sea levels would rise by 24 feet if the sheet of ice covering Greenland were to melt in its entirety tomorrow. But it is very unlikely that nearly two million cubic miles of ice will wash into the ocean overnight. Researchers have been tracking increasing melt rates since 1979. Last summer the melt was so extensive that ice core records show similar events only about once every 150 years over the last four millennia. "In...

Arctic Ice Cover Continues To Shrink
2013-04-04 08:52:02

[ Watch the Video: An Interesting Year for Arctic Sea Ice ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Arctic Ocean's ice cover shrank to its lowest extent on record last September at the end of the northern hemisphere summer. This continues a long-term trend diminishing the ice to about half the size of the average summertime extent from 1979 to 2000. The sea ice refreezes during the cold and dark Arctic winter, achieving its maximum extent usually in late February or...

Warming Oceans May Be Driving Sea-Ice Expansion In Antarctica
2013-04-01 07:07:28

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A growing number of studies have pegged global warming and climate change as a cause of sea-ice decline in recent decades. However, a newly published study in the journal Nature Geoscience is showing a vastly different scenario. According to researchers at the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI), ocean warming may actually be driving sea-ice expansion in the Antarctic. While sea ice at the North Pole has shrunk...

Greenland's Peripheral Glaciers Also Contribute Significantly To Sea-Level Rise
2013-03-18 13:39:33

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The oft-cliché idea behind the naming of Iceland and Greenland claims their names were derived in an attempt to fool would be sailing marauders, attracting them to the desolate but more hospitably named Greenland, leaving the citizens of Iceland to live upon their slightly more lush island without threat of invasion. In fact, Erik the Red, it is believed, gave the moniker to attract settlers to the ice covered island...

Significant Iron Contributed To North Atlantic Ocean By Glaciers
2013-03-11 12:23:52

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution All living organisms rely on iron as an essential nutrient. In the ocean, iron´s abundance or scarcity means all the difference as it fuels the growth of plankton, the base of the ocean´s food web. A new study by biogeochemists and glaciologists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) identifies an unexpectedly large source of iron to the North Atlantic — meltwater from glaciers and ice sheets, which may stimulate plankton...

Global Sea-Level Rise Could Occur Unevenly Across Globe
2013-02-19 15:43:16

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The fact sea levels could rise if the polar ice caps melt has been long established, but according to new research some regions could see greater increases than others. According to research published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, sophisticated computer modeling of sea-level rise over the coming century suggests parts of the Pacific could see the highest rates of rise while some polar regions will actually...

New Model Assesses Extent Of Sea Level Rise By 2100
2013-01-07 09:01:17

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Two professors with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have taken on a new approach to assess future sea level rise due to the world´s melting ice sheets. Their study, published this week in Nature Climate Change, is the first of its kind to use structured expert elicitation (EE) along with an approach that mathematically pools other experts´ opinions to gain a clear picture on ice sheet melting....


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  • A 'bachelor seal'; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
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