Scientists eye worrying 20-mile crack in the West Antarctic ice sheet

November 29, 2016 by  
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Scientists have discovered how a massive rift in one of Antarctica’s ice shelves has formed – and it does not bode well for the continent’s future. The giant crack formed near the center of the Pine Island Glacier, instead of a coastal region, where large sections are more prone to break off into chunks. Warm ocean waters seeping underneath the ice shelf caused the crack to grow underneath the surface of the glacier . The finding has researchers worried this rift might contribute to the inevitable collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9vIj6sH-Vo The 20-mile long crack can be found in the Pine Island Glacier, located in West Antarctica . In July 2015, it was responsible for a 225-square-mile iceberg breaking off into the Pine Island Bay; now scientists believe it is nowhere near finished with its destructive potential. The development of the crack is rather unusual, originating from warm ocean waters making their way to a central valley in the ice shelf and destabilizing the area from underneath. “The really troubling thing is that there are many of these valleys further up-glacier,” said Ian Howat, an associate professor at Ohio State University and lead author of a recent study on the glacier’s activity. Related: Scientists warn rapidly-melting glacier in West Antarctica could cause serious global havoc Both Pine Island and Thwaites Glacier have integral roles in keeping the West Antarctic Ice Sheet together. Researchers predict the sheet’s collapse could cause a global rise in sea levels of anywhere between 3.4 to 10 feet. Those keeping an eye on the science may differ on their predictions of the damage, but not the fact that the ice shelf will certainly melt within the next few hundred years . “It’s generally accepted that it’s no longer a question of whether the West Antarctic Ice Sheet will melt, it’s a question of when,” said Howat in a press release . “This kind of rifting behavior provides another mechanism for rapid retreat of these glaciers, adding to the probability that we may see significant collapse of West Antarctica in our lifetimes.” Via  Mashable Image via NASA / Nathan Kurtz

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17 fun and educational gifts for tots

November 29, 2016 by  
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This holiday season, delight the tots in your life with playful  eco-gifts  that educate and inspire creativity. From this adorable felted playset  to Waldorf and Montessori-inspired games , all of the gifts in our guide will be sure to bring joy to little ones, while encouraging cognitive and imaginative play. Check out all  17 awesome green gifts for little kids here . GIFTS FOR LITTLE KIDS >

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New Study Shows West Antarctic Ice Sheet Warming Twice as Fast as Previously Thought

December 24, 2012 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock US researchers have found that the Western Antarctic Ice Sheet is warming nearly twice as fast as previously thought. Combining previous data with computer models of the atmosphere and a numerical analysis method, the researchers were able to fill in the missing observations from previous records kept at Byrd Station, located near the center of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Scientists are now worried that the warming ice could accelerate the rise in sea levels. Read the rest of New Study Shows West Antarctic Ice Sheet Warming Twice as Fast as Previously Thought Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: environmental destruction , global warming , ice shelves melting , Larsen B ice shelf , scientific study , sea level rising , US National Center for Atmospheric Research , us researchers , west antarctic ice sheet

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Upcycled Bottles Become Giraffes, Hippos and Pigs in Nishi Chuahan’s Animal Farm Lamp Collection

December 24, 2012 by  
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