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Mount Everest Could One Day Be Ice-free
2011-09-26 08:36:17

  Rapid climate change could soon leave Mount Everest ascenders with an ice-free climb, according to climbers and custodians of the world´s tallest mountain. An international mission, funded by the US and led by the Mountain Institute, was launched to gauge the effects of climate change in the Himalayas. What they discovered was that Mount Everest´s southern approach was losing its ice cover. Meeting in Katmandu to work out practical solutions from the threat of...

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2011-07-25 13:50:00

An international team of researchers has combined data from multiple sources to provide the clearest account yet of how much glacial ice surges into the sea following the collapse of Antarctic ice shelves. The work by researchers at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), the Laboratoire d'Etudes en G©ophysique et Oc©anographie Spatiales, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique at the University of Toulouse, France, and the University of Colorado's National Snow...

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2011-07-17 07:31:08

Study on Jakobshavn Isbrae supports growing evidence that calving glaciers are particularly sensitive to climate change Large, marine-calving glaciers have the ability not only to shrink rapidly in response to global warming, but to grow at a remarkable pace during periods of global cooling, according to University at Buffalo geologists working in Greenland. The conclusion stems from new research on Jakobshavn Isbrae, a tongue of ice extending out to sea from Greenland's west coast. Through...

2011-07-13 12:37:05

Fresh research into glaciers could help scientists better predict the impact of changing climates on global sea levels Fresh research into glaciers could help scientists better predict the impact of changing climates on global sea levels. Scientists have shown for the first time that the terrain beneath glaciers influences how much glacier melt contributes to fluctuations in sea levels. Researchers say the study will improve their understanding of how ice sheet movements have affected sea...

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2011-04-04 11:05:00

New research, published Sunday in the journal Nature Geoscience, highlights San Rafael Glacier in Patagonia, which has retreated about 5 miles since the peak of the Little Ice Age, BBC News reports. Glaciers have lost volume on average "10 to 100 times faster" in the last 30 years. Sea levels are rising faster now than at any time in the last 350 years and melting glaciers are a large reason for that, according to the study by Universities at Aberystwyth, Exeter and Stockholm who looked at...

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2011-02-24 11:08:53

"Recent scientific studies indicate that between June 1983 and August 2006, a glacier on Peru's Huaytapallana Mountain has lost 50 percent of its surface ice," Erasmo Meza, manager of natural resources and the environment in the central Andean region of Junin, told the official Andina news agency. Losing the ice in just 23 years, officials warned of concerns of climate change's growing threat to fresh water resources in the Andes mountains. Meza continued, telling AFP the 1.9 square miles of...

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2010-12-08 06:45:00

Glaciers are melting faster in southern South America and Alaska than in Europe, and communities need to adapt to the meltdown, warned a report compiled by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and scientists, and presented Tuesday at the U.N. climate talks in Cancun, Mexico. Many low-lying glaciers could disappear entirely in the coming decades, with the northwest U.S., southwest Canada and the Arctic also affected, the report said. While most glaciers began decreasing in size around...

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2010-09-09 08:23:28

New Zealand glaciers melted as European glaciers briefly expanded As the last ice age was ending, about 13,000 years ago, a final blast of cold hit Europe, and for a thousand years or more, it felt like the ice age had returned. But oddly, despite bitter cold winters in the north, Antarctica was heating up. For the two decades since ice core records revealed simultaneous warming and cooling at opposite ends of the planet during this time period, scientists have looked for an explanation....

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2010-09-07 09:36:56

An Oregon State University research program has returned to Collier Glacier for the first time in almost 20 years and found that the glacier has decreased more than 20 percent from its size in the late 1980s. The findings are consistent with glacial retreat all over the world and provide some of the critical data needed to help quantify the effects of global change on glacier retreat and associated sea level rise. Flowing down the flanks of the Three Sisters in the central Oregon Cascade...

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2010-07-15 08:47:49

New detailed observations of what happens when glaciers float on ocean surface Glaciers that lose their footing on the seafloor and begin floating behave very erratically, according to a new study led by a Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego researcher. Floating glaciers produce larger icebergs than their grounded cousins and do so at unpredictable intervals, according to Scripps glaciologist Fabian Walter and colleagues in a paper to be published in the journal Geophysical...


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tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.