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Pine Island Glacier Retreating
2014-01-14 14:44:51

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier (PIG) is now in an irreversible retreat, according to a study published in the journal Nature Climate Change. PIG is one of the biggest single contributors to global sea-level rise, and the latest study says that it could add as much as 0.39-inches to ocean levels in 20 years. “Over the past 40 years Pine Island Glacier in West Antarctica has thinned at an accelerating rate, so that at present it is...

Antarctica Holds Subglacial Valley Bigger Than The Grand Canyon
2014-01-14 09:44:05

[ Watch the Video: A Giant Is Lurking Beneath Antarctica's Ice ] Gerard LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of scientists from Newcastle University, the University of Bristol’s Glaciology Centre, the British Antarctic Survey and the universities of Edinburgh, Exeter and York, have discovered a giant trench below the ice in Antarctica. The research team has spent the last three seasons in the West Antarctic region investigating and mapping the area. Recently, they...

Climatic Variability Has A Significant Impact On Pine Island Glacier
2014-01-03 07:31:08

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Pine Island Glacier, one of the largest routes for ice to flow from Antarctica into the sea, is far more susceptible to climatic and ocean variability than previously believed, according to research published Thursday in the advanced online version of the journal Science. Observations from Dr. Pierre Dutrieux of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and his colleagues showed sizable fluctuations in ocean heat in Pine Island Bay. They...

Arctic Ice Improving
2013-12-16 15:27:28

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The European Space Agency’s (ESA) CryoSat satellite has delivered some good news about the Arctic sea ice this fall. New measurements taken by CryoSat show the volume of Arctic sea ice has significantly increased this fall, rising by about 50 percent compared to last year. Satellites have been showing a downward trend in the area of Arctic Ocean covered by ice over the past few decades, so the latest measurements are much welcomed news....

East Antarctica Is Pushing Around Its Softer-Mantled Western Half
2013-12-12 07:51:20

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It's easy to know what to do when half-siblings are pushing each other around, but what do you do about half-continents? A team of researchers, led by Ohio State University, have discovered that East Antarctica is pushing West Antarctica around. West Antarctica is losing weight in the form of billions of tons of ice per year, making its mantle rock softer. This rock is being nudged westward by the harder mantle beneath East...

ESA CryoSat Mission Confirms Antarctic Ice Loss Is On The Rise
2013-12-12 06:08:21

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online With news out of San Francisco this week, at the autumn meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), we learned scientists have incorrectly estimated the amount of ice being lost on the polar continent of Antarctica. This environmental faux pas directly affects the estimates on global sea level rise as well. The team presenting these findings conducted their research with the Natural Environment Research Council’s Center for...

Pine Island Glacier Is Melting From Below
2013-09-13 04:27:05

[ Watch the Video: Warm Ocean Melting Pine Island Glacier ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The floating ice shelf in a remote region of Antarctica is being melted by warm ocean water, not hot air, an international team of researchers report in the latest edition of the journal Science. As described in the new study, an expedition to Pine Island Glacier allowed scientists to get an up-close-and-personal look beneath the ice of one of the most difficult to...

British Antarctic Survey To Launch Long-Term Survey Of Pine Island Glacier
2013-09-09 10:34:32

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An ambitious science mission is about to begin in Antarctica, with team members from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) looking to understand why the continent’s Pine Island Glacier (PIG), located on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, is rapidly diminishing. The goal of the mission is to ultimately discern if rapid ice loss will continue to increase or if it will slow down. The team argues that this research is crucial for...

West Antarctica's Ice Sheet 20 Million Years Older Than Previosuly Estimated
2013-09-05 07:26:16

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A research team led by professors at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) has revealed that, contrary to popular belief, an ice sheet on West Antarctica existed 20 million years earlier than previously thought. These results, published in Geophysical Research Letters, mark a paradigm shift for our understanding of the Earth’s great global ice sheets. Ice sheets first grew on the West Antarctic subcontinent around 34...

West Antarctica Deglaciation Began Much Earlier Than Thought
2013-08-15 10:21:16

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online One of the deepest ice cores ever drilled in Antarctica is revealing some interesting evidence about the southern continent’s turbulent past and the role Earth’s orbit played in the history of the ice ages. Scientists have known for more than a century that ice ages come and go due to the wobbling of the Earth as it orbits the sun. Increases in the intensity of summer sunlight in the Northern Hemisphere melted the ice sheets...


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