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2009-02-04 08:40:00

Climate change seems to have no effect on Argentina's huge Perito Moreno glacier, which is flourishing despite the global warming that is melting others around it. Though the majority of the world's glaciers are thawing away from the warmer temperatures, scientists announced that the Perito Moreno ice field, called "The White Giant," is growing 10 feet daily from deep snowfalls in the Patagonia area. "Glaciers don't respond solely to temperature changes," Martin Stuefer, a Patagonian expert...

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2009-01-29 08:34:29

Glaciers around the globe continue to melt at high rates. Tentative figures for the year 2007, of the World Glacier Monitoring Service at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, indicate a further loss of average ice thickness of roughly 0.67 meter water equivalent (m w.e.). Some glaciers in the European Alps lost up to 2.5 m w.e. The new still tentative data of more than 80 glaciers confirm the global trend of fast ice loss since 1980. Glaciers with long-term observation series (30 glaciers...

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2008-03-17 00:40:00

The U.N. Environment Program announced on Sunday that the world's glaciers are experiencing record losses.After studying almost 30 glaciers across nine mountain ranges worldwide, the UNEP said that about 1.4 meters of water was shed in 2006, compared to only half a meter lost in 2005.Regions such as the Alps and Pyrenees in Europe have seen the most notable losses.The rapid rate of loss could have large consequences for India, whose rivers stream from Himalayan glaciers. The west coast of...

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2007-01-22 09:20:00

VIENNA, Austria -- Glaciers will all but disappear from the Alps by 2050, scientists warned Monday, basing their bleak outlook on mounting evidence of slow but steady melting of the continental ice sheets. In western Austria's Alpine province of Tyrol, glaciers have been shrinking by about 3 percent a year, meaning their mass decreases annually by roughly 3 feet, said Roland Psenner, of the University of Innsbruck's Institute for Ecology. And 2050 is a conservative estimate, he said: If...


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endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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