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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

Ocean Winds Put the Heat on Australia

Ocean Winds Put the Heat on Australia

The answer to one of the enduring puzzles of global warming — the apparently sluggish response of the Antarctic continent to rising greenhouse gas levels — may have been settled by Australian scientists. And, in the course of doing so, they may also have solved another problem: the parching of Australia itself. Nerilie Abram, of the Australian … Read More

Frozen Spring: When Great Lakes’ Ice Doesn’t Melt

Frozen Spring: When Great Lakes’ Ice Doesn’t Melt

This winter was brutal. Polar vortex brutal. My salt-caked boots and dry skin can attest to the frigid temperatures that covered more than 90 percent of the Great Lakes in ice. Much of that ice is still there — though some of it has run aground in an ice tsunami(!). Over the decades, ice coverage on the lakes has been on the decline, but for the… Read More