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White House Names Augustine to Lead Blue-Ribbon Review of Antarctic Science Infrastructure

7/12/2011 Norm Augustine, the former chair of the National Academy of Engineering, will lead an upcoming strategic review of U.S. science-support operations on the continent of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean the White House and NSF have announced. More

University of Arizona: Warming Ocean Layers will Undermine Polar Ice Sheets

7/5/2011 Warming of the ocean's subsurface layers will melt underwater portions of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets faster than previously thought, according to new University of Arizona-led research. More

Fossilized Pollen Reveals Antarctic Tundra Persisted until 12 million Years Ago

6/29/2011 A painstaking examination by research at Rice and Louisiana State univerities reveals that the last remnant of Antarctic vegetation existed in a tundra landscape on the continent's northern peninsula about 12 million years ago. More

Ocean Currents Speed Melting of Antarctic Ice

6/26/2011 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. More

U. of Texas: New Map Reveals Giant Fjords Beneath East Antarctic Ice Sheet

6/1/2011 Scientists from the U.S., U.K. and Australia have used ice-penetrating radar to create the first high-resolution topographic map of the Aurora Subglacial Basin, an immense ice-buried lowland in East Antarctica larger than Texas. More

NASA: Wheels up for Extensive Survey of Arctic ice

4/15/2011 Researchers and flight crew arrived in Thule, Greenland this week for the start of NASA's 2011 Operation IceBridge, an airborne mission to study changes in Arctic polar ice. More

NSF: Discovery Of Oldest Northern North American Human Remains Provides New Insights Into Ice-Age Culture

2/25/2011 Newly excavated remains found at the Xaasaa Na' archaeological site near the Tanana River in central Alaska may belong to one of the earliest inhabitants of North America. More

University of Colorado at Boulder Study: Water Flowing Through Ice Sheets Accelerates Warming, Could Speed up Ice Flow

11/5/2010 Melt water flowing through ice sheets via crevasses, fractures and large drains called moulins can carry warmth into ice sheet. interiors, greatly accelerating the response of an ice sheet to climate change More

NASA Airborne Science Campaign begins Antarctic Sequel

10/22/2010 Scientists returned this week to the Southern Hemisphere where NASA's Operation IceBridge mission is set to begin its second year of airborne surveys over Antarctica. The mission monitors the region's changing sea ice, ice sheets and glaciers. More

NOAA: U.S., Arctic Coastal States Collaborate to Improve Nautical Charts

10/6/2010 The United States has joined other Arctic Coastal States in a mutual effort to develop nautical charts that will improve the safety of mariners transiting the Arctic. More
                                      
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