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Polar Pool Not Extreme
2013-07-31 11:23:48

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Last week, pictures from the North Pole Experimental Observatory (NPEO) showed the North Pole seemingly covered by a sea of water, but according to a statement from the project's principal investigator, conditions in the Arctic are typical for this time of year and viewing the images is all a matter of perspective. "Every summer when the sun melts the surface the water has to go someplace, so it accumulates in these ponds," said Jamie...

Arctic Melt Ponds Are Forcing Rapid Sea Ice Loss
2013-01-18 15:16:11

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Melt ponds, a favorite phenomenon among arctic photographers, are turquoise or dark blue pools of water that appear on ice floes during the Arctic summer. According to a new report in Geophysical Research Letters, scientists from the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) have been observing more and more melt ponds atop one-year ice floes, instead of meter-thick, multi-year ice that used to dominate, even during the warmest months in the...

Greenland Summer Ice Melt Breaks Record Month Before Season Ends
2012-08-16 11:14:51

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The summer melting season in Greenland usually lasts from June when the first puddles of meltwater appear, to September when temperatures begin to cool again. Melting over the Greenland ice sheet shattered the seasonal record on August 8 this year — a full four weeks before the close of the melting season, reports Marco Tedesco, assistant professor of Earth and atmospheric sciences at The City College of New York. This year,...

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2007-09-20 12:15:20

On the world's coldest continent of Antarctica, the landscape is so vast and varied that only satellites can fully capture the extent of changes in the snow melting across its valleys, mountains, glaciers and ice shelves. In a new NASA study, researchers using 20 years of data from space-based sensors have confirmed that Antarctic snow is melting farther inland from the coast over time, melting at higher altitudes than ever and increasingly melting on Antarctica's largest ice shelf. With a...