The iceberg that broke away from the Larsen C ice shelf last summer opened up access to an ecosystem that hadn’t seen the light of day in up to 120,000 years. There’s a small window of time for scientists to examine that ecosystem before sunlight and new water change it.
West Antarctica’s glaciers are the weakest link in the icy armor that surrounds the massive southern ice sheet. A study published in the Annals of Glaciology last month adds to the pile of crap news about how these glaciers, which extend out over water that’s being warmed by climate change, are susceptible to melting…
Greenland is shedding ice like a popsicle on defrost, and climate change is to blame. But some of Greenland’s fast-flowing glaciers may also be feeling the burn of different heat source—one that hails from Earth’s deep interior.
In Antarctica, you can do more than see the impact climate change is having on the icy landscape. You can hear it, too.
Snowball fights are fun and all, but if you really want to up your game or possibly fend off a White Walker invasion, you should head on over to the Great Lakes to pick up some ice balls.
There’s a mad scramble underway in the scientific community to learn everything possible about the imperiled West Antarctic ice sheet, whose glaciers hold back enough water to raise global sea levels by 10 feet or more. The latest troubling climate factor to keep an eye on? El Niño.
Greenland has melted all the way to bedrock before, and it could happen again—especially if we keep pouring carbon into the air like there’s no tomorrow. Now, scientists have released a detailed map showing what the vast ice island would look like if it shed all of its ice.
The West Antarctic ice sheet’s imperiled glaciers get all the attention, but there’s an even larger pile of frozen water across the continent that scientists are starting to worry about. The East Antarctic ice sheet has long been considered very frozen and very stable—but a new analysis of some of its largest glaciers…
Your DNA isn’t just a blueprint of who you are—it’s an archive of where you came from. Same goes for the DNA of all life on Earth, including the mollusks—snails, slugs, clams, and cephalopods—wriggling around on the Southern Ocean’s seafloor. It was only a matter of time before someone realized the genetic code of…
Whoever you are, whatever you do, your job is almost certainly boring as hell compared with the researchers who spent the last six weeks diving beneath Antarctica’s sea ice to study alien life forms on the ocean floor.
Climate change is ravaging the ice that covers Antarctica, and how fast it melts will make a huge difference in how fast oceans rise. But the shape of the bedrock underneath is as important as the temperatures above to understanding what comes next for the seventh continent.
The Greenland ice sheet is getting darker, and that’s bad news for the Arctic thermostat, since darker surfaces absorb more heat. Now, a pair of scientists have concluded that in at least one section of Greenland, tiny algae play an outsized role in giving the ice its surprising shade.
It’s well known that Greenland contains a ton of frozen water—enough to raise sea levels by nearly 25 feet were it all to melt. Unfortunately, new research suggests melting may occur faster than we thought as the Earth warms, because of how Greenland’s glaciers are anchored to bedrock.
It’s becoming increasingly clear that no place on Earth is safe from the influence of carbon pollution, and East Antarctica is no exception. Research published on Wednesday in Science Advances is the latest troubling sign to emerge for the region, showing that natural processes that cause melt could accelerate due to…
The Earth contains hints about its past everywhere. And as we hurtle toward a much warmer future, those clues can tell us a lot about what we face.