Tag Archives: West Antarctic Ice Shelf

Octupus genome gives a clue about ice shelf collapse

The West Antarctic Ice Shelf is the largest and most unstable of the world’s ice sheets, and some climate scientists believe it could be capable of a relatively quick collapse causing a catastrophic rise in sea levels. These Turquet’s octopuses will certainly be saying “I told you so.” Although you wouldn’t, on first analysis, see […]

Hidden damage to Antarctica’s ice shelves

This just in from NASA: Using data from ICEsat (Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite) scientists have discovered that warm currents have been rapidly eating away at the undersides of the ice shelves around Antarctica.  A study, recently published in the journal Nature found that twenty of the fifty-four ice shelves studied had been subject […]

Polenet

In an effort to find out what is happening under the West Antarctic ice sheet, scientists have installed a network of seismographs, appropriately called “Polenet.”  The brutal conditions have made such research difficult in the past, as delicate equipment normally only lasts a few months.  But improvements in battery life and data storage mean the […]

Bahamas offers clue to height of seas by 2100

As reported in the Science Daily News from the journal Nature comes the report that by pinpointing where ancient shorelines stood in the Bahamas and Bermuda researchers hope to be able to predict future rises in sea level. In an exceptionally warm period 400,000 years ago, seas rose 20 feet, up to a third less […]