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Unstoppable Antarctic ice sheet collapse – expert responds

Dacia Herbulock posted in on May 14th, 2014.

Major glaciers in the West Antarctic Ice Sheet are melting faster than expected, and the entire sheet is now headed for inevitable collapse, according to two research papers publicised this week. The first, from the journal Geophysical Research Letters, draws on 40 years of observations of West Antarctica’s glaciers and multiple lines of evidence to conclude that glaciers on the […]

West Antarctic Ice Sheet may be on “the brink of change”

John Kerr posted in on May 10th, 2012.

A project to map the Weddell Sea area of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet from the air has revealed that this largely unexplored region is potentially on the threshold of change. Radar mapping of the ice-covered landscape has uncovered a deep sub-glacial basin close to the edge of the ice sheet. The study, published in […]

NZ-led research sheds light on historic ice sheet retreat

Peter Griffin posted in on January 17th, 2011.

Our understanding of how, and why, the earth’s largest ice sheet lost so much of its ice between 7,000 and 14,000 years ago has significantly improved due to research conducted by an international team of researchers led by VUW scientist Dr Andrew Mackintosh. The research, published in prestigious journal Nature Geoscience this morning, used a […]

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