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greenland Petermann Glacier
2014-06-16 04:01:50

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Newly discovered massive blocks of ice located underneath the ice of Greenland could help scientists learn more about the behavior of ice sheets and how they will respond to global warming, according to research appearing in the latest edition of Nature Geoscience. Lead author Robin Bell, a geophysicist at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, and her colleagues used ice-penetrating radar to discover the ragged...

Iron From Melting Ice Sheets Could Buffer Global Warming
2014-05-21 03:19:14

University of Bristol A newly-discovered source of oceanic bioavailable iron could have a major impact on our understanding of marine food chains and global warming. A UK team, including researchers from the University of Bristol, has found that summer meltwaters from ice sheets are rich in iron, which will have important implications on phytoplankton growth. Their findings are reported today in Nature Communications. It is well known that bioavailable iron boosts phytoplankton growth...

winter river
2014-05-19 08:27:27

Gerard LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research has shown that the amount of water flowing through rivers is directly affected by the amount of snowfall received. Less snowfall means the rivers will discharge less water, according to a recent study by PhD student Wouter Berghuijs and Dr Ross Woods, senior lecturer in Water and Environmental Engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Bristol. Along with a colleague from Delft University of...

NASA Completes Icelandic Glacier Winter Movement Radar Study
2014-02-10 08:26:13

Beth Hagenauer - NASA The cold of an Icelandic winter did not stop one NASA science aircraft from completing a mission to map glaciers on the island during the past week. NASA's C-20A, based at the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, Calif., flew four radar missions from Keflavik International Airport near Reykjavik, Iceland. The aircraft carries a precision NASA synthetic aperture radar, developed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., that uses a...

Greenland Ice Sheet
2014-02-07 04:35:58

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Researchers writing in the journal Nature say that ocean warming could be causing a four-fold increase in ice loss on the Greenland Ice Sheet. The Greenland Ice Sheet is about a 2-mile thick layer of ice that covers the country. Glaciers that drain the ice sheet plunge into coastal fjords that are about 2,000 feet deep, helping to expose the ice sheet edges that contact the ocean. Oceanographers from Woods Hole Oceanographic...

Disappearing Snow Increases Risk Of Ice Shelves Collapsing  In Antarctica
2014-01-30 08:19:42

British Antarctic Survey Sea-level research in Antarctica A number of floating ice shelves in Antarctica are at risk of disappearing entirely in the next 200 years, as global warming reduces their snow cover. Their collapse would enhance the discharge of ice into the oceans and increase the rate at which sea-level rises. A rapid reduction of greenhouse gas emissions could save a number of these ice shelves, researchers at Utrecht University and the British Antarctic Survey say in a new...

NASA To Map Iceland's Winter Glaciers With High-Precision Radar
2014-01-29 06:05:22

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online This week, a high-precision radar instrument from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) left for Iceland to create detailed maps of how glaciers move in the dead of winter. These maps will aid scientists in understanding some of the most basic processes involved in melting glaciers, which are major contributors to rising sea levels. The instrument—developed by JPL and flying on a NASA research aircraft—departed from NASA's...

Glacier Melt From Global Warming Can Flood Tibetan Pastures
2014-01-20 04:22:04

[ Watch the Video: Melting Tibetan Glaciers Flooding Farmland ] Ranjini Raghunath for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As glaciers melt and sea levels rise due to global warming, coastal regions and islands are beginning to panic. But even places as high up in the mountains as Tibet can face the negative consequences of melting glaciers. The Tibetan Plateau, also known as the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, is the largest plateau in the world – about four times the size of France. Its...

Channels In Antarctic Ice Shelf Will Help Predict Future Of Antarctic Ice
2013-10-07 04:31:47

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The discovery of hundreds of kilometers worth of channels beneath a floating ice shelf in Antarctica could help experts understand how the ice will respond to changes in environmental conditions, according to a study published Sunday in the journal Nature Geoscience. Researchers from the University of Exeter, Newcastle University, the University of Bristol, the University of Edinburgh, the British Antarctic Survey and the...

Study Explains Surprising Acceleration Of Greenland's Inland Ice
2013-07-24 14:49:30

NASA [ Watch The Video Greenland Ice Flow ] Surface meltwater draining through cracks in an ice sheet can warm the sheet from the inside, softening the ice and letting it flow faster, a new NASA-funded study finds. During the last decade, researchers have captured compelling evidence of accelerating ice flow at terminal regions, or "snouts," of Greenland glaciers as they flow into the ocean along the western coast. Now, the new research shows that the interior regions are also...


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Meltwater
2009-07-06 17:15:30

Meltwater is water that is released from melting snow or ice. This includes meltwater from glacial ice and ice shelves over oceans. Meltwater is often produced during volcanic eruptions, and can cause dangerous lahars (landslides of wet volcanic debris). When meltwater pools on the surface rather than draining or flowing away, it forms pools known as melt ponds. Meltwater will often refreeze as the temperature drops. Meltwater can also collect or melt under the ice's surface. Sub-glacial...

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