View Full Version : Polar Ice is Melting Fast

2006-Sep-14, 12:57 AM
New data gathered by NASA's QuikScat satellite has found that ice at the Arctic polar ice cap is disappearing rapidly. Just between 2004 and 2005, the spacecraft measured a loss of 14% of the perennial sea ice; ice that normally lasts all year round. This is an amount of ice measuring 720,000 square kilometers (280,000 square miles), an area the size of Texas. Scientists expect that the coverage of perennial sea ice will continue to decrease this year as well.

Read the full blog entry (http://www.universetoday.com/2006/09/13/polar-ice-is-melting-fast/)

2006-Sep-14, 12:03 PM
It probably is not meaningful that the vast majority of the lost perennial ice was from the Russian side of the ocean. There were some areas of increased ice on the Canadian side.

2006-Sep-14, 12:13 PM
How about a discussion on how the Antarctic ice sheet is changing? Is it growing thicker or thinner?

2006-Sep-14, 12:27 PM
Hi TheInformer, welcome to the BAUT forum.

We have had some articles about the Antarctic Ice Sheet, and also about the giant glaciers on Greenland. Use the search feature to find them, and the discussions if you'd like. Certainly the broader WWW can provide diverse opinions about this if you use Google or some other search engine.