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Giant channels discovered under Antarctic ice

Beneath the floating Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf in West Antarctica, scientists have discovered huge ice channels that are 800 feet high and stretch for hundreds of miles. The discovery, by researchers from the University of Exeter, Newcastle University, the University of Bristol, the University of Edinburgh, the British Antarctic Survey, and the University of York is […]

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Glacial Acceleration Linked To “Plumbing” Issues




A University of Colorado at Boulder study indicates meltwater periodically overwhelms the interior drainpipes of Alaska’s Kennicott Glacier, causing it to lurch forward. Similar processes may be behind the acceleration of glaciers observed recently on the Greenland ice sheet, write the researchers in Nature Geoscience. According to CU-Boulder Professor Robert Anderson, the amount of water […]




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