6 thoughts on “There goes the neighborhood…

  1. Utqiaġvik says:

    “Winter ice deposits that form on top of Arctic rivers and provide crucial water for ecosystems in the summer are melting far earlier with each successive year. These arctic river icings, which can be up to 33 feet thick, multiple kilometers wide and stretch tens of kilometers in length, disappeared on average 26 days earlier in 2015 than they did in 2000, according to a study published recently in Geophysical Research Letters. “The average trend in disappearance date is more than a day per year. That’s really fast. These changes are not subtle,” said Tamlin Pavelsky, a hydrologist at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and the study’s co-author.
    Climate change research tends to focus on glaciers, which provide a continuous source of meltwater for rivers, at least until they disappear completely. Arctic river icings create less continuous and more fluctuating sources of meltwater, but cover a larger total area than glaciers do.” http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/can-arctic-ecosystems-survive-without-river-icings/
    See also “The Arctic Is Getting Greener But Its Caribou Are Dying” https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/arctic-greening-caribou-populations-inuit-hunt

  2. Cassandra says:

    “The Doomsday Glacier” (Rolling Stone) http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/the-doomsday-glacier-w481260 “In the farthest reaches of Antarctica, a nightmare scenario of crumbling ice – and rapidly rising seas – could spell disaster for a warming planet.”
    NASA Global Change Master Directory Portal, Antarctic Master Directory, Cryosphere https://gcmd.nasa.gov/KeywordSearch/Home.do?Portal=amd&MetadataType=0:
    Data for Thwaits Glacier @ https://gcmd.nasa.gov/KeywordSearch/Freetext.do?KeywordPath=&Portal=amd&MetadataType=0&Freetext=Thwaits&action.x=18&action.y=9

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