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Latest West Antarctic Ice Sheet Stories

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

Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier is now in an irreversible retreat, according to a study published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

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

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.

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

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.

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

New measurements taken by the ESA's CryoSat show the volume of Arctic sea ice has risen by about 50 percent compared to last year.

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

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 Antarctica.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.


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edulcoration
  • The act of sweetening by admixture of some saccharine substance.
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