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Greenland Glacier Acceleration Levels Less Than Originally Feared
2012-05-04 06:55:11

Some of Greenland's glaciers are moving approximately 30% faster than they were a decade ago, contributing to the rising sea level but not reaching worst-case speed levels that experts once feared, a new study published in Friday's edition of the journal Science has discovered. According to Reuters reporter Deborah Zabarenko, researchers at the University of Washington (UW) and Ohio State University (OSU) studied satellite data from 2000 to 2011. They focused on more than 200 glaciers and...

Image 1 - Warm Ocean Currents Cause Ice Loss In Antarctica
2012-04-26 04:55:01

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com [ Watch the Video ] An international team of scientists reported in the journal Nature on Thursday that warm ocean currents are the culprit behind recent ice loss in Antarctica. The team, lead by British Antarctic Survey, used 4.5 million measurements made by a laser instrument mounted on NASA's ICESat satellite to map the changing thickness of Antarctica's floating ice shelves. Of the 54 ice shelves they mapped, they revealed that 20 are melting...

Novel Method To Identify Sources Of Global Sea Level Rise
2012-04-24 11:08:34

As the Earth's climate warms, a melting ice sheet produces a distinct and highly non-uniform pattern of sea-level change, with sea level falling close to the melting ice sheet and rising progressively farther away. The pattern for each ice sheet is unique and is known as its sea level fingerprint. Now, a group of geophysicists from the University of Toronto, Harvard and Rutgers Universities have found a way to identify the sea level fingerprint left by a particular ice sheet, and possibly...

Greenland Slipping Away
2012-04-17 05:03:44

Massive releases of meltwater from surface lakes may be causing Greenland to slide ever faster into the ocean, according to a new study by the University of Colorado Boulder-based Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES). Researchers say these actions could increase sea-level rise, having a direct impact on coastal communities. “This is the first evidence that Greenland´s ℠supraglacial´ lakes have responded to recent increases in surface...

Ice Sheet Collapse And Sea-level Rise At The Bølling Warming 14,600 Years Ago
2012-04-06 04:23:00

International scientists have shown that a dramatic sea-level rise occurred at the onset of the first warm period of the last deglaciation, known as the Bølling warming, approximately 14,600 years ago. This event, referred to as Melt-Water Pulse 1A (MWP-1A), corresponds to a rapid collapse of massive ice sheets 14,600 years ago and resulted in global sea-level rise of ~14 m. These findings are published in the 29 March 2012 issue of the journal Nature (Volume 483, Issue 7391)....

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2012-03-30 12:46:25

According to a press release from Europe´s Space administration (ESA) part of Antarctica´s ice sheet has increased in height. These findings come from the ESA´s ice-measuring satellite, CryoSat. According to the ESA, these findings not only provide good news from the ice sheets, but also show the effectiveness of their CryoSat missions. According to their website, ESA.int, CryoSat is Europe´s first mission to address the thickness of land and sea ice and how this...

Image 1 - Global Sea Level Could Rise As Much As 70 Feet In The Future
2012-03-21 04:04:57

Scientists looked back in time - in the geologic record - to see the future Even if humankind manages to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit)--as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recommends--future generations will likely have to deal with a completely different world. One with sea levels 40 to 70 feet higher than at present, according to research results published this week in the journal Geology. The scientists, led by Kenneth...

Image 1 - 2012 IceBridge Arctic Campaign Takes Off
2012-03-18 06:03:38

Researchers and flight crew with NASA's Operation IceBridge, an airborne mission to study changes in polar ice, began another season of science activity with the start of the 2012 Arctic campaign on March 13. From mid-March through mid-May, a modified P-3 from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va., will conduct daily missions out of Thule and Kangerlussuaq, Greenland –with one flight to Fairbanks, Alaska and back–to measure sea and land ice. The campaign will also...

Evidence In Bahamas And Bermuda Suggests Increased Rise In Sea Levels
2012-03-15 11:45:55

Scientists are now predicting sea levels will climb another several inches -- or even a few feet -- by the year 2100, according to recent studies. Studying cliffs and ancient reefs on the sub-tropical islands of the Bahamas and Bermuda, scientists are investigating global sea rise and comparing these results against data from more than a century ago. The Bahamas and Bermuda have been attracting fossil hunters for many years. The land on the Bahamas, for example, is built on a foundation...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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