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6 Degrees: Gnarly Maps, Warping Ice and Derelict Wells

6 Degrees: Gnarly Maps, Warping Ice and Derelict Wells

From methane leaking oil wells to gnarly folds in Greenland's ice, here are 6 stories we think are worth a click. … Read More

Refreezing Water Causes Weird Warps in Greenland’s Ice

Refreezing Water Causes Weird Warps in Greenland’s Ice

The flat, glistening, white expanse of the Greenland Ice Sheet, stretching out across hundreds of thousands of square miles, appears placid, unchanging … boring even. But this tranquil surface belies the turmoil taking place below, at the base of the ice sheet. There, scientists have discovered sections of ice up to a kilometer thick and tens of ki… Read More

Dust in the Wind Could Speed Greenland’s Ice Melt

Dust in the Wind Could Speed Greenland’s Ice Melt

Despite it’s name, Greenland is predominantly white, as snow and ice cover the majority of the country. New research indicates that Greenland’s main color may be starting to fade and in fact darken, though, thanks to a widespread increase of dust across the ice sheets. That darkening could speed up surface melt, and with it, sea level rise around t… Read More

Big Waves Bust Up Sea Ice, May Be Playing Role in Melt

Big Waves Bust Up Sea Ice, May Be Playing Role in Melt

Big ocean waves whipped up by storms hundreds or even thousands of miles away from Earth’s poles could play a bigger role in breaking up polar sea ice and thus contributing to its melt more than had been thought, a new study suggests. The study, detailed in the May 29 issue of the journal Nature, found that these waves penetrate further into the… Read More

Greenland Ice Sheet Melt Could Occur Yearly By 2100

Greenland Ice Sheet Melt Could Occur Yearly By 2100

In July 2012, Greenland ice sheet watchers sounded the alarm as 97 percent of the ice sheet surface melted. It was a rare occurrence, one that left researchers puzzling over the exact causes and its likelihood in the future. New research released Monday sheds light on the causes behind the melt and includes projections that show if greenhouse gas e… Read More

Greenland Glaciers More Susceptible to Melt Than Thought

Greenland Glaciers More Susceptible to Melt Than Thought

Greenland’s glaciers are more vulnerable to melting by warm ocean waters than previously thought, a new study of the topography of the bedrock under the ice finds. This clearer picture of the underpinnings of the miles-thick ice sheet, along with other recent studies that suggest parts of Earth’s polar regions are not as stable as once thought… Read More

Climate Change Poses Growing Threat of Arctic Conflict

Climate Change Poses Growing Threat of Arctic Conflict

Climate change poses a growing security threat and could cause conflict in the Arctic, a group of retired American generals and admirals said on Tuesday. In a new report, the former military officers said the Pentagon had been caught out by the rapid changes under way in the Arctic because of the melting of the sea ice. “Things are accelerating … Read More

How Low Will Summer Sea Ice Go? Ponds May Hold Key

How Low Will Summer Sea Ice Go? Ponds May Hold Key

The spring Arctic sea ice melt is well underway, the ice contracting to cover a progressively smaller area until it eventually reaches its annual minimum extent at the end of the summer. Though the melt has so far progressed in fits and starts, the ice has consistently covered a below-average area since reaching its annual maximum in March… Read More