Antarctica

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Volcanoes Cooled Earth Less Than Thought
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July 8th, 2014
Global cooling caused by some historic volcanic eruptions wasn't as extreme as climate scientists recently thought, according to newly revised ice core records from Antarctica.
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Hidden Volcanoes Melt Antarctic Glaciers from Below
The edge of the Thwaites glacier in Antarctica
June 9th, 2014
Volcanoes under the ice in Antarctica appear to contribute to the melting of glaciers, potentially lubricating the overlying ice and contributing to the glacier's speed of flow.
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Unhappy Feet: Global Warming Threatens Emperor Penguins
Stephanie Jenouvrier, of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, holds an emperor penguin chick in Antarctica.
June 30th, 2014
As climate change melts sea ice, emperor penguin populations across Antarctica across Antarctica could drastically decline, with many of the colonies dropping by more than half by 2100, warn scientists.
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Penguins Once Thrived in Warmer Temps, But Now Face Climate Crisis
Adelie penguins in Antarctica.
June 12th, 2014
Since the last Ice Age, penguins have basked in warmer Antarctic climates because less ice makes it easier for the birds to breed and hunt for food, a new study reveals. But current climate change is happening too fast for their food supply to cope.
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Giant Waves Breaking Up Antarctica's Sea Ice
The sun setting over a field of broken sea ice, or frozen seawater that floats on the ocean, in Antarctica.
May 28th, 2014
Major waves from ocean storms can fracture ice hundreds of miles from its edge, researchers say. These new findings suggest large waves could help explain mysteries about how Antarctic ice behaves in response to changes in climate.
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Quickly Rising Antarctica Suggests 'Runny' Earth
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May 16th, 2014
Antarctica is rising much faster than expected, revealing that the hot rock of the mantle hundreds of miles below the icy continent is flowing much faster than expected, and so rebounding quickly to the loss of glacial ice, researchers say.
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Poop Stains Reveal Penguins Migrate With Climate
Researchers can spot penguin colonies thanks to the large poop stains they leave on the ice.
June 23rd, 2014
In the face of rising temperatures, emperor penguins in the Antarctic may be forced to find new breeding grounds instead of returning to the same spot to mate year after year, according to new research using satellite images of penguin poop.
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King Penguins' Genes Explain Ancient Island-Hopping
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June 10th, 2014
As the glaciers melted about 15,000 years ago, warmer weather and ice-free conditions allowed king penguins to colonize the string of islands north of Antarctica, a new genetic study has found.
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Antarctic Iceberg Flotilla Caused Huge Sea-Level Rise
Antarctica iceberg
May 28th, 2014
Natural climate warming caused huge ice sheet collapses in Antarctica eight times in the past 20,000 years. One iceberg release pushed global sea level up by 6.5 feet (2 meters) in just 100 years.
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