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2009-04-30 12:55:00

NASA will 'break the ice' on a pair of new airborne radars that can help monitor climate change when a team of scientists embarks this week on a two-month expedition to the vast, frigid terrain of Greenland and Iceland. Scientists from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., and Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif., will depart Dryden Friday, May 1, on a modified NASA Gulfstream III aircraft. In a pod beneath the aircraft's fuselage will be two JPL-developed radars that...

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2009-04-29 05:55:00

Former Vice President Al Gore called for fast action to avert the potentially irreversible melting of the Earth's ice. Speaking at the first conference to exclusive discuss the planet's melting ice, the Nobel prize winning climate champion warned that the situation is worse than previous worst-case scenarios projected by experts just a few years ago. The Tromsoe, Norway, conference comes just months ahead of a U.N. climate summit set for December in Copenhagen. "This conference is a global...

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2009-04-21 14:11:19

A hole in the ozone has resulted in a growth of Antarctic sea ice over the past 30 years, according to a report released on Tuesday. Scientists from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and NASA reported the ozone hole has resulted in changing weather patterns that have caused a small rise in the amount of Antarctic sea ice, while Arctic sea ice has seen a dramatic loss. Sea ice is a crucial part of the Earth's ecosystems. It acts as a reflector against the sun's heat, and provides a habitat...

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2009-04-17 15:35:00

Three British explorers trekking to the North Pole to assess how fast the Arctic ice sheets are melting said they were astonished at how little permanent ice they have discovered. The team began their 620-mile walk from Canada's Arctic to the North Pole in early March, and had set down in an area scientists were sure would contain permanent multiyear ice. But so far, the average depth of the ice has been slightly less than 6 feet, indicating the team was finding mainly first year ice that...

2009-04-06 10:00:00

WASHINGTON, April 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The latest Arctic sea ice data from NASA and the National Snow and Ice Data Center show that the decade-long trend of shrinking sea ice cover is continuing. New evidence from satellite observations also shows that the ice cap is thinning as well. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Arctic sea ice works like an air conditioner for the global climate system. Ice naturally cools air and water masses, plays a key role in...

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2009-04-06 11:35:00

NASA and the National Snow and Ice Data Center say that the decade-long trend of shrinking sea ice cover in the Arctic is continuing and new evidence suggests that the ice cap is thinning as well. Arctic sea ice naturally cools air and water masses and plays an important role in ocean circulation as well as reflecting solar radiation back into space. However, Arctic sea ice has been declining at a staggering rate in recent years. Satellite monitoring of Arctic sea ice showed that this winter...

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2009-04-03 06:20:00

According to new analysis, arctic sea ice is melting so fast that the majority of it could be gone within the next 30 years.  The forecast is based on analysis generated using computer models of weather and climate.If the white ice melts, it will be replaced with dark ocean surface that will absorb sunlight. This will then speed up the global warming process.The findings increase concern about global warming, a problem that has become a focus of the G20 discussions under way in...

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2009-04-01 15:57:20

NASA and the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colo., will hold a media teleconference on Monday, April 6, at 11 a.m. EDT, to present the latest observations of sea ice conditions in the Arctic. Sea ice cover over the Arctic Ocean typically reaches its maximum geographic extent and thickness just as spring begins in the Northern Hemisphere. In 30 years of satellite measurements of sea ice, the six smallest wintertime measurements all have occurred since 2004. Scientists also have...

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2009-03-25 12:23:18

A team of researchers from the UK who set off to measure the thickness of Arctic sea-ice that floats toward to the North Pole have been stuck battling extreme weather that has slowed their progress, BBC News reported. After landing on the ice three weeks ago, researchers Pen Hadow, Martin Hartley and Ann Daniels have experienced temperatures as low as -40C with wind chill. However, the weather has currently turned in their favor and the Catlin Arctic Survey team is now covering more than 6...

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2009-03-18 15:45:00

Two new reports published in the journal Nature illustrate possible flooding due to climate change and a meltdown of the massive West Antarctic ice sheet. In one study, researchers used soil cores below the Ross ice shelf to show that the massive melt took place between 3 million and 5 million years ago. That collapse amounted to an increase of more than 16 feet to global sea level, researchers noted. "What we're seeing in the past would lead us to believe that we are on track for losing...


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Arctic Ocean
2013-04-18 22:31:23

The Arctic Ocean which is located in the Northern Hemisphere and mostly in the Arctic north polar region, is the shallowest and smallest of the world’s five major oceanic divisions. The International Hydrographic Organization recognizes it as an ocean, although, some oceanographers consider it as the Arctic Mediterranean Sea or simply, the Arctic Sea, classifying it a Mediterranean sea or an estuary of the Atlantic Ocean. Alternatively, the Arctic Ocean can be considered as the northernmost...

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Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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