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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

West Antarctic Ice Sheet Warming Faster
2012-12-24 05:32:08

A portion of the Antarctic ice sheet is warming nearly twice as quickly as experts had previously believed, which could increase the region's future contribution to rising sea levels, a team of researchers from the Ohio State University has discovered.

Ocean Currents Helps Predict Arctic Sea Ice
2012-11-21 15:07:41

Researchers at MIT have developed a new method to accurately simulate the seasonal extent of the ice change and the ocean circulation beneath.


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