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Antarctic Octopus Provides Clues To Ice Sheet Collapse
2012-05-10 08:34:34

Brett Smith for Redorbit.com A joint team of UK and Australian researchers has found that two separate groups of Antarctic octopuses, from the Ross and Weddell seas on different sides of the continent, are almost genetically identical. This suggests that the two seas, which are now separated by the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, were once joined together, possibly a result of the partial collapse of the continental ice sheet. Researchers analyzed the genes of 450 Turquet's octopuses...

Antarctica Ice Sheet May Begin Melting Rapidly By Century's End
2012-05-09 13:58:16

Scientists report in the journal Nature that an Antarctic ice sheet may start to melt rapidly in this century. The finding, made by climate researchers of the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association, refute a widely believed theory that ice shelves in the Weddell Sea would not be affected by global warming due to the peripheral location of the sea. "The Weddell Sea was not really on the screen because we all thought that unlike the Amundsen...

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...


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