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Sea Anemones In Antarctica Find A Home On The Ice
2014-01-17 07:46:08

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of scientists and engineers with the Antarctic Geological Drilling (ANDRILL) Program used a camera-equipped robot to explore beneath the Ross Ice Shelf off Antarctica, making an astonishing discovery. The team found many thousands of small sea anemones that were burrowed into the underside of the ice shelf with their tentacles protruding into frigid water like flowers on a ceiling. "The pictures blew my mind," said...

Massive Iceberg Breaks Off Pine Island Glacier In Antarctica
2013-07-10 12:28:33

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online One of the Earth's most watched glaciers, Pine Island Glacier (PIG), has released a massive iceberg about eight times the size of Manhattan Island, according to images released by the German Space Agency (DLR). The ice chunk was part of the PIG's ice shelf, which floats on and pushes out into the Southern Ocean for tens of miles. A relatively common occurrence that scientists aren't blaming directly on global warming, similar...

2011-12-20 22:24:07

Climate change effects to be monitored with new fiber-optic distributed temperature sensing Half-mile long thermometers have been dropped through the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica that will give the world relevant data on sea and ice temperatures for tracking climate change and its effect on the glacial ice surrounding the continent. The study based at the University of Nevada, Reno is funded by the National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs and other NSF grants. "This...

Researchers To Drill Beneath Massive Antarctic Ice Shelf
2011-11-10 04:49:24

[ Watch the Video ] An international team of researchers funded by NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF) will travel next month to one of Antarctica's most active, remote and harsh spots to determine how changes in the waters circulating under an active ice sheet are causing a glacier to accelerate and drain into the sea. The science expedition will be the most extensive ever deployed to Pine Island Glacier. It is the area of the ice-covered continent that concerns scientists...

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2010-02-12 07:36:03

Extremely long waves could have initiated 2008 collapse events Depicting a cause-and-effect scenario that spans thousands of miles, a scientist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego and his collaborators discovered that ocean waves originating along the Pacific coasts of North and South America impact Antarctic ice shelves and could play a role in their catastrophic collapse. Peter Bromirski of Scripps Oceanography is the lead scientist in a new study published in the journal...

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2009-12-09 13:50:00

Scientists have reported a giant iceberg over twice the size of Sydney Harbor is on a slow but steady collision course with Australia, according to the Telegraph UK. Researchers at the Australian Antarctic Division (ADD) spotted the 12 mile-long and 5-mile wide chunk of ice floating close to the mainland. The iceberg, known as B17B, is currently drifting 1,000 miles from Australia's west coast and is gradually moving north with the ocean current and prevailing wind. Should the...

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2009-11-12 10:10:00

A huge iceberg was identified near an island between Antarctica and Australia, an usual display in northern waters, Australian scientists announced on Thursday. Australian Antarctic Division researchers employed at Macquarie Island caught a glimpse of the iceberg last Thursday 5 miles away from the coast. The iceberg, which is 160 feet tall and 1,640 feet wide, is most likely a chunk that split from a bigger iceberg. The origin of the iceberg is guessed to be from Antarctica's Ross Ice...

2009-10-01 13:54:54

U.S. scientists say a 24-foot-long robotic submarine will be used in a multimillion-dollar, five-year study of melting on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Northern Illinois University said its robotic submarine will be lowered through more than a half mile of ice into ocean water in the study that involves nine U.S. institutions. Researchers said the submarine will collapse to a width of only two feet, allowing it to be lowered through a drill hole melted in the ice. The sub is designed to allow...