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2009-08-07 10:05:36

The shrinking of three U.S. glaciers raises concerns about rising sea levels and the future availability of fresh drinking water, scientists said. Climate change is shrinking the ice at an accelerated rate on the South Cascade Glacier in Washington state, the Wolverine Glacier on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula and the Gulkana Glacier in interior Alaska, The McClatchy Newspapers reported Friday. The three glaciers, known as benchmark glaciers, have shown a rapid and sustained retreat, U.S....

2009-06-22 10:40:00

Swiss glaciers have lost a lot of ice in recent years due to increased melting. As temperatures climb, so do the fears that the glaciers could one day disappear altogether. Until now it could only be estimated approximately how big the ice volume in the Swiss Alps actually is and how it has changed in recent years. A team of scientists headed by Martin Funk, ETH-Professor at the Laboratory of Hydraulics, Hydrology and Glaciology (VAW) at ETH Zurich, however, has now developed a novel...

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2009-06-21 12:40:00

Findings are relevant to modern Greenland ice sheet, says UB researcher Modern glaciers, such as those making up the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, are capable of undergoing periods of rapid shrinkage or retreat, according to new findings by paleoclimatologists at the University at Buffalo. The paper, published on June 21 in Nature Geoscience, describes fieldwork demonstrating that a prehistoric glacier in the Canadian Arctic rapidly retreated in just a few hundred years. The proof of...

2009-05-05 14:06:50

U.S. scientists say that while the majority of the world's glaciers are retreating as the planet becomes warmer, glaciers south of the equator are growing. The researchers at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory said they discovered glaciers in South America and New Zealand are inching forward, pointing to strong regional variations in climate. Conventional wisdom holds that during the era of human civilization, climate has been relatively stable. The scientists said their...

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2009-05-01 06:25:00

According to a paper in this week's issue of the journal Science, the vast majority of the world's glaciers are retreating as the planet gets warmer.  For the last 7,000 years, New Zealand's largest glaciers have moved out of step with glaciers in the Northern Hemisphere, showing strong regional variations in climate, the paper reported. "This research should provide much more accurate reconstructions of glacial advances worldwide, allowing us in turn to make climate models more...

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2009-02-04 08:40:00

Climate change seems to have no effect on Argentina's huge Perito Moreno glacier, which is flourishing despite the global warming that is melting others around it. Though the majority of the world's glaciers are thawing away from the warmer temperatures, scientists announced that the Perito Moreno ice field, called "The White Giant," is growing 10 feet daily from deep snowfalls in the Patagonia area. "Glaciers don't respond solely to temperature changes," Martin Stuefer, a Patagonian expert...

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2009-01-29 08:34:29

Glaciers around the globe continue to melt at high rates. Tentative figures for the year 2007, of the World Glacier Monitoring Service at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, indicate a further loss of average ice thickness of roughly 0.67 meter water equivalent (m w.e.). Some glaciers in the European Alps lost up to 2.5 m w.e. The new still tentative data of more than 80 glaciers confirm the global trend of fast ice loss since 1980. Glaciers with long-term observation series (30 glaciers...

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2009-01-16 09:20:00

Increased rainfall on the Antarctic Peninsula is rapidly melting glaciers like the Sheldon, which has recoiled 1.2 miles in 20 years and is raising world sea levels, a leading expert announced."Rain is very corrosive to glaciers and at least in part the reason this glacier is retreating," said David Vaughan, a British Antarctic Survey glaciologist."The glacier has retreated since 1989 and left this open water. That's the same pattern for 87 percent of 400 glaciers along the Antarctic...

2008-12-31 11:59:08

British scientists plan to use a yellow submarine to explore beneath a giant melting Antarctic glacier whose collapse could raise sea levels 4 inches. The scientists hope to find out why Pine Island Glacier, flowing west-northwest along the south side of the Hudson Mountains into Pine Island Bay, Amundsen Sea, is melting so quickly at its base, said the British Antarctic Survey, Britain's national Antarctic operator. The 23-foot-long, robotic yellow submarine, nicknamed Autosub, will map out...

2008-12-15 10:06:39

 Researchers watching the loss of ice flowing out from the giant island of Greenland say that the amount of ice lost this summer is nearly three times what was lost one year ago.The loss of floating ice in 2008 pouring from Greenland's glaciers would cover an area twice the size of Manhattan Island in the U.S., they said."We now know that the climate doesn't have to warm any more for Greenland to continue losing ice," Box said.  "It has probably passed the point where it could...


Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.