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

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.

Understanding The Mechanisms Of Supraglacial Lake Drainage
2013-07-17 11:03:06

Lakes often form on top of a glacier and drain onto the bedrock below, lubricating a glacier's movements as a result. A new study from an international group of researchers has found the way these lakes drain can affect the velocity, extent and direction of a glacier's progress.

2013-05-23 11:29:18

Alaska’s melting glaciers remain one of the largest contributors to the world’s rising sea levels.

Warming Oceans May Be Driving Sea-Ice Expansion In Antarctica
2013-04-01 07:07:28

A growing number of studies have pegged global warming and climate change as a cause of sea ice decline in recent decades. However, a newly published study in the journal Nature Geoscience is showing a vastly different scenario.

Significant Iron Contributed To North Atlantic Ocean By Glaciers
2013-03-11 12:23:52

All living organisms rely on iron as an essential nutrient. In the ocean, iron’s abundance or scarcity means all the difference as it fuels the growth of plankton, the base of the ocean’s food web.

Dramatic Glacial Melting In Andes Blamed On Climate Change
2013-01-22 13:47:37

An international team of scientists has turned its attention to glacial melting in the tropical Andes, and their conclusions indicate that the situation is even more dire than originally suspected.

Glaciers Will Continue To Shrink Regardless Of Temperature
2012-11-16 15:50:50

New research paints a pretty grim picture for the Himalayan glaciers, saying they will continue to shrink even if temperatures rebound to normal.

Glacial Melt Accelerates in Himalayan Mountains with Mixed Effects
2012-09-13 09:48:46

A report, issued this week by the National Research Council (NRC) has concluded that glacial melt in the Eastern and Central Himalayas has accelerated at an alarming rate, while glaciers in the Western Himalayas may actually be growing. Researchers say that this trend could have both positive and negative consequences for local inhabitants and ecosystems.

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

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.

2012-07-30 13:49:09

After the fall of the Soviet Union twenty years ago, water distribution in Central Asia became a source of conflict.


Latest Meltwater Reference Libraries

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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Word of the Day
postliminy
  • In Roman antiquity, the return of a person who had been banished, or taken prisoner by an enemy, to his old condition and former privileges.
  • In international law, that right by virtue of which persons and things taken by an enemy in war are restored to their former status when coming again under the power of the nation to which they belonged.
The word 'postliminy' comes from a Latin word meaning 'threshold'.