Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Ice Loss Up in Study after Study!

Ice loss in Antarctica increased by 75 percent in the last 10 years due to a speed-up in the flow of its glaciers and is now nearly as great as that observed in Greenland, according to a new, comprehensive study by NASA and university scientists. Antarctic Ice Loss Speeds Up, Nearly Matches Greenland Loss
Increasing amounts of ice mass have been lost from West Antarctica and the Antarctic peninsula over the past ten years, according to research from the University of Bristol and published online recently in Nature Geoscience. Increasing Amounts Of Ice Mass Have Been Lost From West Antarctica
In the most comprehensive survey ever undertaken of the massive ice sheets covering both Greenland and Antarctica, NASA scientists confirm climate warming is changing how much water remains locked in Earth's largest storehouse of ice and snow. NASA Survey Confirms Climate Warming Impact On Polar Ice Sheets
The loss of ice from Greenland doubled between 1996 and 2005, as its glaciers flowed faster into the ocean in response to a generally warmer climate, according to a NASA/University of Kansas study. Greenland Ice Loss Doubles In Past Decade, Raising Sea Level Faster
Glaciers in West Antarctica are shrinking at a rate substantially higher than was observed in the 1990s. They are losing 60 percent more ice into the Amundsen Sea than they accumulate from inland snowfall. Scientists Report Increased Thinning Of West Antarctic Glaciers

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