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Operation IceBridge: Watching The Birth Of An Iceberg
2011-11-03 04:41:08

After discovering an emerging crack that cuts across a floating ice shelf, NASA's Operation IceBridge has flown a follow-up mission and made the first-ever detailed airborne measurements of a major iceberg calving in progress.

Image 1 - Glacier Could Raise Global Sea Levels In 20 Years Less Than Thought
2011-10-27 11:53:03

The retreat of Antarctica’s fast-flowing Thwaites Glacier is expected to speed up within 20 years, once the glacier detaches from an underwater ridge that is currently holding it back.

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2011-06-27 09:35:00

Stronger ocean currents beneath West Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier Ice Shelf are eroding the ice from below, speeding the melting of the glacier as a whole.

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2010-12-09 11:00:00

In a unique and complex example of "science diplomacy," teams of US and Swedish scientists are sailing this month aboard two research vessels to study the ecology of the Amundsen Sea, one of the least-explored and most productive bodies in Antarctic waters, and to gauge the potential effects of a changing climate on the Southern Ocean.

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2010-10-22 10:18:49

Scientists returned this week to the Southern Hemisphere where NASA's Operation IceBridge mission is set to begin its second year of airborne surveys over Antarctica.

2010-10-22 08:00:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Scientists returned this week to the Southern Hemisphere where NASA's Operation IceBridge mission is set to begin its second year of airborne surveys over Antarctica.

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2010-07-28 07:19:48

Antarctica may not be the world's largest landmass -- it's the fifth-largest continent -- but resting on top of that land is the world's largest ice sheet.

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2010-06-21 06:00:00

A robotic yellow submarine that has been launched deep beneath the Pine Island Glacier has helped to solve a mystery about one of Antarctica’s fastest-melting glaciers, adding to unease about how climate change may lead to higher world sea levels.

2009-10-08 10:30:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA begins a series of flights Oct. 15 to study changes to Antarctica's sea ice, glaciers and ice sheets.

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2009-09-23 13:19:10

The most comprehensive picture of the rapidly thinning glaciers along the coastline of both the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets has been created using satellite lasers.


Word of the Day
ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.