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Glaciers & Ice Sheets


The Glacial Chronicles

The Glacial Chronicles

Graduate student Benjamin Linhoff spent several months in the summers of 2011 and 2012 studying a glacier at a remote…

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A Glacier’s Pace

A Glacier's Pace

Time was, saying something moved “at a glacier’s pace” meant it was grindingly slow. No longer. Glaciers don’t move like…

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Lakes of Meltwater Can Crack Greenland’s Ice and Contribute to Faster Ice Sheet Flow

Researchers from WHOI and the University of Washington have for the first time documented the sudden and complete drainage of a lake of meltwater from the top of the Greenland ice sheet to its base. From those observations, scientists have uncovered a plumbing system for the ice sheet, where meltwater can penetrate thick, cold ice and accelerate some of the large-scale summer movements of the ice sheet.

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