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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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2009-03-16 13:41:53

Norway's Environment and Development Minister warned on Monday that melting Arctic ice is threatening the habitat of polar bears. "If the ice is disintegrating in the Arctic, it will have enormous impact on polar bears," Erik Solheim told Reuters a day ahead of a meeting to discuss the future of polar bears. The meeting will bring together nations that are home to the large white carnivores "“ Canada, Norway, the U.S., Russia and Danish-administered Greenland. In 1973, these range...

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2009-02-25 10:45:00

Glacier ice appears to be melting in the western portion of Antarctica and not only on the Antarctic Peninsula, scientists reported on Wednesday in conclusion to the 2007-2008 International Polar Year. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) alongside the International Council for Science (ICSU) released the "State of Polar Research" report today. The IPY took into account the work of more than 160 projects from researchers in more than 60 countries and received funding of about $1.2...

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2009-02-24 07:20:00

A group of environment ministers landed on a remote corner of Antarctica on Monday to learn more about how the melting continent may threaten the Earth. The parka-clad representatives from more than twelve nations, including the U.S., China, Britain and Russia, were to meet scientists from the U.S. and Norway who were arriving after the last leg of a two-month, 1,400-mile trip over the ice from the South Pole. The group will gain "hands-on experience of the colossal magnitude of the Antarctic...

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2009-02-16 15:42:18

The Greenland and Antarctica ice sheets are melting, but the amounts that will melt and the time it will take are still unknown, according to Richard Alley, Evan Pugh professor of geosciences, Penn State. In the past, the Greenland ice sheet has grown when its surroundings cooled, shrunk when its surroundings warmed and even disappeared completely when the temperatures became warm enough. If the ice sheet on Greenland melts, sea level will rise about 23 feet, which will inundate portions of...

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2009-02-16 10:15:00

At least 235 species are thriving in both the Arctic and Antarctic polar seas, according to the Census of Marine Life. Scientists found that species such as grey whales, birds, worms, crustaceans, and angelic snail-like pteropods exist at both poles. Dozens of species were separated by nearly 7,000 miles, they said. Researchers are currently conducting DNA tests to prove whether or not the species are identical, and if so, they want to determine where the species "originated and how they...

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2009-02-11 13:17:22

A team of polar researchers left London on Wednesday for northern Canada, where they will begin their journey to the Arctic to survey Arctic sea ice in hopes of gaining a better understanding about climate change in the region. Once they reach Canada, Ann Daniels, 44, and Pen Hadow, 46, will assemble their kit before taking another flight to the Arctic for the start of their mission on February 27. Accordinf to an AFP report, the explorers are joined by polar photographer Martin Hartley....

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2008-12-03 09:20:00

Soot is tarnishing the ice in the Arctic and adding a swiftness to the melting that could cause the ocean in the North Pole to be without any ice well before 2050, experts announced on Tuesday. Experts stated that in order to resist the impact of global warming in the Arctic, we should re-focus and center more on stopping the industrial greenhouse gasses like soot, ozone and methane in Europe, North America and Russia. Soot darkens the ice which causes it to absorb heat, increasing the speed...


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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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  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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