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Ice Satellite Research

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Sea-Level Rise, Climate Change, Melting Ice

Global Warming & ICE: NASA Measuring & Monitoring


Antarctic Sea Ice

August 2017 / How active are newly discovered Antarctic volcanoes?

A new volcanic province: an inventory of subglacial volcanoes in West Antarctica
...the biggest cluster of volcanoes in the world.

The study, published in the Geological Society Special Publications series, does not indicate whether the volcanoes are active but the team is trying to find out.

As Dr. Robert Bingham, a glacier expert and one of the paper's authors noted to the Guardian, "The big question is: how active are these volcanoes?"

"That is something we need to determine as quickly as possible," Bingham continued. "Anything that causes the melting of ice—which an eruption certainly would—is likely to speed up the flow of ice into the sea."

Ominously, other experts have warned that a reverse situation could also happen — volcanic activity can be triggered by thinning ice sheets from rising global temperatures.

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-- Southern Antarctic Peninsula at risk of melt

-- Antarctica's Larsen B Ice Shelf is likely to shatter into hundreds of icebergs before the end of the decade, according to a new NASA study

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Arctic Sea Ice

NASA Arctic Sea Ice -- 1999-2000

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Greenland Sea Ice

Greenland’s ice sheet is the second largest mass of ice on Earth, containing enough water to raise ocean levels by about 20 feet. The ice sheet has been losing mass over the past two decades and warming temperatures will mean more losses for Greenland. Scientists are studying ice from different climate periods in the past to better understand how the ice sheet might respond in the future...



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