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USGS: Based on Geologic Evidence, Arctic Could Face Warmer and Ice-Free Conditions

12/29/2009 There is more evidence that the Arctic could face seasonally ice-free conditions and much warmer temperatures in the future, accoridng to USGS scientists. More

NASA-funded Animations: Colliding Auroras Produce an Explosion of Light

12/17/2009 A network of cameras deployed around the Arctic in support of NASA's THEMIS mission has made a startling discovery about the Northern Lights. Sometimes, vast curtains of aurora borealis collide, producing spectacular outbursts of light. More

Researchers Learning More about How Water beneath Greenland's Glaciers Contributes to Ice Loss

12/16/2009 Scientists who study the melting of Greenland’s glaciers are discovering that water flowing beneath the ice plays a much more complex role than they previously imagined. More

Robot Explorer Investigates Antarctica's Frozen Lakes

12/3/2009 The ENDURANCE (Environmentally Non-Disturbing Under-ice Robotic ANtarctic Explorer) is a mini-sub that is exploring and sampling Antarctica's perpetually frozen lakes. Read details of the project and dispatches from the ENDURANCE field team. More

First Person: Conversations with IPY Researchers

12/2/2009 This page serves the home for a series of articles, exclusive to this site, to highlight discoveries made possible, in whole or in part, through federal IPY funding. More