Antarctic ice sheets capable of retreating up to 50 metres per day

The ice shelves surrounding the Antarctic coastline retreated at speeds of up to 50 metres per day at the end of the last Ice Age, far more rapid than the satellite-derived retreat rates observed today, new research has found.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 28, 2020 ~6 min

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Vintage film reveals Antarctic glacier melting

Newly available archival film has revealed the eastern ice shelf of Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica is melting faster than previous estimates, suggesting the shelf may collapse sooner than expected.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Sept. 3, 2019 ~5 min

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Rapid melting of the world’s largest ice shelf linked to solar heat in the ocean

An international team of scientists has found part of the world’s largest ice shelf is melting 10 times faster than the overall ice shelf average due to solar heating of the surrounding ocean surface.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
April 29, 2019 ~5 min

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Sea ice acts as ‘pacemaker’ for abrupt climate change

Substantial variations in past sea ice cover in the Norwegian Sea were instrumental for several abrupt climate changes in large parts of the world, researchers have found. 

Cambridge University News • cambridge
March 6, 2019 ~5 min

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The search for Endurance

In early January, a team of Cambridge scientists set out on an expedition to study and map the Larsen C ice shelf in western Antarctica, and – ice conditions permitting – search for the wreckage of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance. 

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Jan. 24, 2019 ~1 min

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