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Ocean currents speed melting of Antarctic ice

Stronger ocean currents beneath West Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier Ice Shelf are eroding the ice from below, speeding the melting of the glacier as a whole, according to a new study in Nature Geoscience. A grow ...

Jun 26, 2011
3.9 / 5 (9) 24 | with audio podcast

New Google ocean maps dive down deep

(PhysOrg.com) -- Starting today, armchair explorers will be able to view parts of the deep ocean floors in far greater detail than ever before, thanks to a new synthesis of seafloor topography released through ...

Jun 09, 2011
4.2 / 5 (5) 1 | with audio podcast

Swiss glacier finely tuned to climate changes

(PhysOrg.com) -- During the last ice age, the Rhone Glacier was the dominant glacier in the Alps, covering a significant part of Switzerland. Over the next 11,500 years or so, the glacier, which forms the ...

Jun 06, 2011
4.8 / 5 (6) 40 | with audio podcast

Tree rings open door on 1100 years of El Nino

(PhysOrg.com) -- El Nino and La Nina, the periodic shifts in Pacific Ocean temperatures, affect weather around the globe, and many scientists have speculated that a warming planet will make those fluctuations ...

May 27, 2011
4 / 5 (13) 11 | with audio podcast

Can big earthquakes disrupt world weather?

(PhysOrg.com) -- The eruption of the Laki volcano in Iceland in 1783-84 set off a cascade of catastrophe, spewing sulfuric clouds into Europe and eventually around the world. Poisonous mists and a resulting ...

Apr 29, 2011
3 / 5 (2) 4 | with audio podcast

Maybe Ben Franklin was wrong

(PhysOrg.com) -- The eruption of the Laki volcano in Iceland in 1783-84 set off a cascade of catastrophe, spewing sulfuric clouds into Europe and eventually around the world. Poisonous mists and a resulting ...

Apr 07, 2011
3.1 / 5 (10) 8 | with audio podcast