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New Mechanisms and Processes of Antarctic Glacial Melting Found in Big Ice Hole

OCEANS, WATER, & ICE on the Bottom of the Planet

 Antarctica from Space, September 21, 2005
Antarctica from Space, September 21, 2005, NASA Scientific Visulation Studio.
Credit to NASA Scientific Visulation Studio


New Mechanisms and Processes of Antarctic Glacial Melting Found

Huge Cavity in Antarctic Glacier Signals Rapid Decay,
NASA, January 30, 2019.


Ice Hole
“A gigantic cavity — two-thirds the area of Manhattan and almost 1,000 feet (300 meters) tall — growing at the bottom of Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica is one of several disturbing discoveries reported in a new NASA-led study...”

In a Big Ice Hole in the Thwaites Glacier
 NASA/OIB/Jeremy Harbeck

Credits: NASA/OIB/Jeremy Harbeck

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2018 ADVENTURE: Two Explorers Set Out to Cross Antarctica

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Pre-Start Article, below

Started November 3rd

12 miles to South Pole on Dec 12

Completed on 12-28-18, 56 Days across Antarctica via South Pole

Tracking Captain Lou Rudd, from Shackleton Clothing, London.


National Geo End of Trip Article, 12-28-18




Pre-Start Article, BI, November 4, below

Started November 3rd

3 miles to South Pole on Dec 11

Completed on 12-26-18, 53 Days across Antarctica via South Pole

“...follow his GPS tracker in real time or check his posts on Instagram.”


WaPo End of Trip Article, 12-27-18



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Moderate warming could melt East Antarctic Ice Sheet


The Old, Cold One is Going Away. Eventually...

Moderate warming could melt East Antarctic Ice Sheet,
University of Queensland, September 19, 2018.


"Antarctica is around twice the size of Australia, with ice sheets several kilometres thick and containing around half of the world's fresh water."

"The East Antarctic Ice Sheet covers about two thirds of the area, and because its base is largely above sea level it was generally thought to be less sensitive to warming climates than the adjacent West Antarctic Ice Sheet.”

"However, some areas - like the Wilkes Land Subglacial Basin, directly south of Australia - are below sea level and contain enough ice to raise global sea levels by several metres.”

"We found that the most extreme changes in the ice sheet occurred during two interglacial periods 125,000 and 400,000 years ago, when global sea levels were several metres higher than they are today"

“...the findings were extremely concerning for humanity.”

"The evidence we have suggests that with the predicted 2°C warming in Antarctica - if sustained over a couple of millennia - the sheet would start melting in these locations."


more, associated research report

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East Antarctic Breakdown: The Totten Glacier is Melting


East Antarctic Breakdown

The Totten

Glaciers in East Antarctica also 'imperiled' by climate change,
University of California - Irvine, July 26, 2018.

E Antarctica Losing It

"...found evidence of significant mass loss in East Antarctica's Totten and Moscow University glaciers, which, if they fully collapsed, could add 5 meters (16.4 feet) to the global sea level."

"...estimate that between April 2002 and September 2016, the two glaciers lost about 18.5 billion tons of ice per year - equivalent to 0.7 millimeters (0.03 inches) of global sea level rise over the analyzed time period."

Not Stable Anymore...

"Making up roughly two-thirds of the Antarctic continent, East Antarctica has been viewed by polar researchers as less threatened by climate change than the volatile ice sheets in West Antarctica and the Antarctic Peninsula."

"This work highlights that East Antarctic glaciers are as important to our future as those in the continent's western regions."


Canada's BAS PDF Antarctic Map


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Coldest Temps on Earth: Tiny Valleys near top of Antarctica's Ice Sheet



Coldest Temperatures on Earth

Tiny Valleys near the top of Antarctica's Ice Sheet

New study explains Antarctica's coldest temperatures,
University of Colorado at Boulder, July 25, 2018.

Coldest Temps

"Tiny valleys near the top of Antarctica's ice sheet reach temperatures of nearly -100 degrees Celsius..."

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Freak Warm Winds Melting Snow & Forming Lakes During Antarctic Winter



Midwinter Antarctic Lakes Surprise Everyone

Freak Warm Winds Melt Snow During Antarctic Winter

Why Antarctic snow melts even in winter,
Swansea University, May 2, 2018.

The Human Affect is Everywhere!

Melting the Antarctic in the Middle of Winter!

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