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Major Increase In West Antarctic Glacial Loss
2014-03-28 17:26:44

American Geophysical Union Six massive glaciers in West Antarctica are moving faster than they did 40 years ago, causing more ice to discharge into the ocean and global sea level to rise, according to new research. The amount of ice draining collectively from those half-dozen glaciers increased by 77 percent from 1973 to 2013, scientists report this month in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union. Pine Island Glacier, the most active of the studied...

Greenland Ice Sheet Receding And Is Now Considered Unstable
2014-03-17 10:26:10

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to a new report in the journal Nature Climate Change, the last stable section of the Greenland ice sheet is receding and now considered unstable – a development that could portend even more ice loss in the future and significant sea level rise. The report focused on a key ice stream in the Greenland ice sheet. Ice streams drain an ice basin from the interior of the sheet, in the same way that regular streams drain water...

Greenland Jakobshavn Glacier
2014-03-12 04:40:59

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New data obtained by NASA's Operation IceBridge program is shedding new light on how ice sheets in Greenland are changing. Scientists used satellite observations and ice thickness measurements made by Operation IceBridge to determine the rate at which ice flows through Greenland’s glaciers into the ocean. The findings have shown how glacier flow is affecting the Greenland Ice Sheet and that this process is being dominated by a small...

Pine Island Glacier Retreating
2014-01-14 14:44:51

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier (PIG) is now in an irreversible retreat, according to a study published in the journal Nature Climate Change. PIG is one of the biggest single contributors to global sea-level rise, and the latest study says that it could add as much as 0.39-inches to ocean levels in 20 years. “Over the past 40 years Pine Island Glacier in West Antarctica has thinned at an accelerating rate, so that at present it is...

Antarctica Holds Subglacial Valley Bigger Than The Grand Canyon
2014-01-14 09:44:05

[ Watch the Video: A Giant Is Lurking Beneath Antarctica's Ice ] Gerard LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of scientists from Newcastle University, the University of Bristol’s Glaciology Centre, the British Antarctic Survey and the universities of Edinburgh, Exeter and York, have discovered a giant trench below the ice in Antarctica. The research team has spent the last three seasons in the West Antarctic region investigating and mapping the area. Recently, they...

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

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online 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. Observations from Dr. Pierre Dutrieux of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and his colleagues showed sizable fluctuations in ocean heat in Pine Island Bay. They...

Greenland Ice Sheet Is Hiding Subglacial Lakes
2013-11-28 04:29:14

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers have discovered a pair of subglacial lakes discovered over 800 meters beneath the Greenland Ice Sheet – the first ever to be discovered in the island nation, according to research appearing in the latest edition of the journal Geophysical Research Letters. The two lakes are reportedly between eight and 10 square kilometers in surface area, but might have been up to three times larger than their current size at one...

Antarctic Glacier Rapidly Melting
2013-09-19 12:50:41

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online When it comes to predicting the effects of global warming on our environment, scientists look to the world’s glaciers, exceptionally large masses of ice which are melting into the sea. Now researchers from the University of Alaska Fairbanks say they've completed a thorough examination of these melting glaciers to get a better picture of how climate change is affecting Earth. Specifically, the researchers examined the ice melt from...

2013-09-16 10:51:59

New research has revealed that more ice leaves Antarctica by melting from the underside of submerged ice shelves than was previously thought, accounting for as much as 90 per cent of ice loss in some areas. Iceberg production and melting causes 2,800 cubic kilometers of ice to leave the Antarctic ice sheet every year. Most of this is replaced by snowfall but any imbalance contributes to a change in global sea level. For many decades, experts have believed that the most important process...

Pine Island Glacier Is Melting From Below
2013-09-13 04:27:05

[ Watch the Video: Warm Ocean Melting Pine Island Glacier ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The floating ice shelf in a remote region of Antarctica is being melted by warm ocean water, not hot air, an international team of researchers report in the latest edition of the journal Science. As described in the new study, an expedition to Pine Island Glacier allowed scientists to get an up-close-and-personal look beneath the ice of one of the most difficult to...