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CryoSat Shows Increase In Antarctica’s Ice Losses
2014-05-19 03:52:32

ESA Three years of observations from ESA’s CryoSat satellite show that the Antarctic ice sheet is now losing 159 billion tonnes of ice each year – twice as much as when it was last surveyed. The polar ice sheets are a major contributor to the rise in global sea levels, and these newly measured losses from Antarctica alone are enough to raise global sea levels by 0.45 mm each year. These latest findings by a team of scientists from the UK’s Centre for Polar Observation and...

Thwaites Glacier
2014-05-12 13:27:19

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A rapidly melting region of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet appears to have reached an irreversible state of decline, meaning that nothing can be done to prevent the glaciers from melting into the sea, researchers from NASA and the University of California, Irvine claim in a new study. The researchers came to that conclusion after analyzing four decades worth of data on glaciers located in the Amundsen Sea sector of West Antarctica....

2014-05-12 12:21:32

WASHINGTON, May 12, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new study by researchers at NASA and the University of California, Irvine, finds a rapidly melting section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet appears to be in an irreversible state of decline, with nothing to stop the glaciers in this area from melting into the sea. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The study presents multiple lines of evidence, incorporating 40 years of observations that indicate the glaciers...

Massive Iceberg Could Disrupt Shipping Lanes In The Southern Ocean
2014-04-23 08:56:59

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An iceberg previously said to be more than eight times the size of Manhattan could soon disrupt shipping lanes as it moves well outside of Pine Island Bay in Antarctica. The iceberg (called B31), which broke off from Pine Island Glacier in November 2013, is now drifting out of the bay and into the Amundsen Sea off Antarctica’s western banks. Now said to be twice the size of Atlanta (six times the size of Manhattan), B31 will...

Major Increase In West Antarctic Glacial Loss
2014-03-28 17:26:44

American Geophysical Union Six massive glaciers in West Antarctica are moving faster than they did 40 years ago, causing more ice to discharge into the ocean and global sea level to rise, according to new research. The amount of ice draining collectively from those half-dozen glaciers increased by 77 percent from 1973 to 2013, scientists report this month in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union. Pine Island Glacier, the most active of the studied...

2014-03-03 12:22:07

GREENBELT, Md., March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Thirty-two have been called, but which will be chosen? NASA's Earth Observatory is hosting the second annual Tournament Earth, a reader-driven competition to choose the previous year's top NASA image of our planet. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The tournament starts March 3 and ends on April 7, with five rounds of voting spread across five weeks. Images in the competition are a blend of reader and staff...

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...

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...

Moss And Microbes Reveal Unprecedented Ecological Change On Warming Antarctic Peninsula
2013-08-29 13:21:21

Cell Press By carefully analyzing a 150-year-old moss bank on the Antarctic Peninsula, researchers reporting in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, on August 29 describe an unprecedented rate of ecological change since the 1960s driven by warming temperatures. "Whilst moss and amoebae may not be the first organisms that come to mind when considering Antarctica, they are dominant components of the year-round terrestrial ecosystem in the small ice-free zones during an austral...

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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