From Antarctica to the Arctic; from polar caps, permafrost and glaciers to ocean-rafted sea ice; and from burly bears to cold-loving microbes, fascinating science is found in every nook and crevasse of Earth’s cryosphere, and new findings are announced often. Here are a few of the latest updates.
13 Oct 2016
GREENBELT, Md. -- A new NASA study revealed that the oldest and thickest Arctic sea ice is disappearing at a faster rate than the younger and thinner ice at the edges of the Arctic Ocean's floating ice cap. read more
Three decades of data, graphed at the Arctic Sea-Ice Monitor.The Christian Science Monitor explains why it matters to more than polar bears:Earth's icy skull cap, floating atop the Arctic Ocean, has reached its lowest summer extent ...
The extent of the sea ice covering the Arctic Ocean has shrunk. According to scientists the amount is the smallest size ever observed in the three decades since consistent satellite observations of the polar cap began.
Earth's glaciers and ice caps outside of the regions of Greenland and Antarctica are shedding roughly 150 billion tons of ice annually, according to a new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder. read more