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Maddie Stone Maddie Stone Jul 15, 2019 at 14:15.

Scientists Find Dozens of Lakes Buried Far Below Greenland's Ice

Scientists Find Dozens of Lakes Buried Far Below Greenland's Ice

For decades, scientists working in Antarctica have been documenting subglacial lakes, bodies of water buried miles beneath the ice. They’ve spotted more than 400 of them, and even drilled into a few and found evidence for both living and long-dead lifeforms . But despite their ubiquity at the bottom of the world, no one had really looked to see if subglacial lakes were widespread beneath the...

Maddie Stone Maddie Stone Jul 12, 2019 at 16:39.

Scientists Just Melted a Hole Through 3,500 Feet of Ice to Reach a Mysterious Antarctic Lake

Scientists Just Melted a Hole Through 3,500 Feet of Ice to Reach a Mysterious Antarctic Lake

While you were baking cookies and binging Netflix shows over Christmas, a team of about 50 scientists, drillers, and support staff was attempting to punch through nearly 4,000 feet of ice to access an Antarctic subglacial lake for just the second time in human history. And folks, they did it.

On Friday, the Subglacial Antarctic Lakes Scientific Access (SALSA) team announced they’d reached Lake...

Maddie Stone Maddie Stone Jul 10, 2019.

Both Poles Are Having a Weird, Bad Year For Sea Ice So Far

Both Poles Are Having a Weird, Bad Year For Sea Ice So Far

As Americans were donning green shirts and tossing back pints of Guinness, the Arctic was limping toward its annual wintertime sea ice maximum. According to data released Friday by the National Snow and Ice Data Center, it was the second-lowest annual maximum on record.

Sea ice in the Arctic very likely peaked on March 17 at 5.6 million square miles (14.5 million square kilometers), just...

Maddie Stone Maddie Stone Jan 15, 2019. 17 comments

This Part of Antarctica Was Not Supposed to Be Shrinking

This Part of Antarctica Was Not Supposed to Be Shrinking

When scientists talk about Antarctic melting, they’re usually referring to West Antarctica, where giant coastal glaciers are shedding incredible amounts of water . But across the Transantarctic mountains to the east, there’s a much larger mantle of ice that’s generally thought to be keeping its chill. A new study, however, asserts that East Antarctica is also losing weight at a worrying clip.

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Maddie Stone Maddie Stone Dec 06, 2018. 9 comments

New Study Shows Just How Frighteningly Fast Greenland Is Melting

New Study Shows Just How Frighteningly Fast Greenland Is Melting

In July 2012, a spate of warm weather caused nearly the entire surface of the Greenland ice sheet to begin melting, an event with no precedent in the satellite record. A new study shows this massive melt-out wasn’t just an anomaly compared with the last 40 years, but the last 350. Unfortunately, the study also suggests 2012 could be a harbinger of our new normal.

Published today in Nature, the...

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Maddie Stone Maddie Stone Dec 15, 2017. 8 comments

Arctic Sea Ice Hit a Forty-Year Low This Winter

Arctic Sea Ice Hit a Forty-Year Low This Winter

The National Snow and Ice Data Center has just released the results of its latest analysis of Arctic sea ice. Surprise—the prognosis is not good. The maximum extent of Arctic sea ice occurred early this year, and, at 5.61 million square miles, was the smallest in four decades.

The map above shows the Arctic sea ice extent at its peak this year on February 25th, with extent defined as the total...

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Maddie Stone Maddie Stone Sep 05, 2017. 8 comments

Enormous, Mysterious Ice Avalanches Strike Tibet

Enormous, Mysterious Ice Avalanches Strike Tibet

When the first deadly avalanche struck the Aru Range in Tibet on July 17th, scientists were puzzled. But when a second enormous ice slide occurred just a few kilometers south and two months later, they were shocked.

Two of the largest glacial avalanches on record have sent rock and ice spilling down a valley in Tibet and left scientists scrambling for answers. Climactic conditions have been...

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Maddie Stone Maddie Stone Aug 20, 2017. 12 comments

This Year's Record Arctic Melt Is a Problem For Everybody

This Year's Record Arctic Melt Is a Problem For Everybody

If your life has felt like a hot mess this year, you’re not alone. Same goes for the Arctic, which month after month has seen its ice cover contract to new lows. By late September, Arctic sea ice may reach its lowest extent since satellite record-keeping began.

And that’s got scientists in a tizzy, because if there’s one thing geologic history has taught us, it’s that sudden drops in Arctic...

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Maddie Stone Maddie Stone Aug 19, 2017. 18 comments

Dramatic Visualizations Show Just How Quickly the Arctic Is Melting

Dramatic Visualizations Show Just How Quickly the Arctic Is Melting

On September 10th, the Arctic hit its annual summertime ice minimum. According to the National Snow and Ice Data Center, it was the second lowest summertime low since satellite record-keeping began. And as a series of new visualizations show, this trend is not going anywhere.

The Arctic is the fastest-warming region of our planet today, heating up at roughly twice the globally-averaged rate....

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Maddie Stone Maddie Stone Aug 17, 2017. 8 comments

These Antarctic Glaciers Are Melting at a 'Staggering' Rate

These Antarctic Glaciers Are Melting at a 'Staggering' Rate

On an forbidding shoreline at the bottom of the world, the prodigious ice sheets of West Antarctica dead-end in the Amundsen sea. For decades, scientists have been monitoring this interface of rock, ice and ocean, in order to understand how quickly it’ll retreat as the planet warms up. A new study shows that three of the Amundsen sea’s frozen gateways are melting away faster than we realized,...

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Maddie Stone Maddie Stone Aug 17, 2017. 9 comments

Why Is Greenland's Ice Sheet Covered in Industrial Waste-Chowing Bacteria?

Why Is Greenland's Ice Sheet Covered in Industrial Waste-Chowing Bacteria?

The Greenland ice sheet is vast, majestic, pristine....and peppered with bacteria that seem equipped to survive in industrial waste, according to a new study. Which really makes you question the whole the pristine bit, now, doesn’t it?

In fact, scientists know that industrial contaminants, including heavy metals, pesticides, and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), have been accumulating at our...

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