Lasers from space show thinning of Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets

Tuesday, September 29, 2009   
 Lasers from space show thinning of Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets
Reporting this week in the journal 'Nature researchers', the 'British Antarctic Survey' (BAS) and the University of Bristol describe how analysis of millions of NASA satellite measurements from both the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets shows that the most profound ice loss is a result of glaciers speeding up where they flow into the sea. This kind of ice loss is so poorly understood that it remains the most unpredictable part of future sea level rise. The report.


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