Glaciology

A view of Greenland

The Greenland Ice Sheet Has Lost 3.8 Trillion Tons of Ice

Caitlin Dempsey

A new report analyzed 26 satellite datasets to track ice loss for the Greenland Ice Sheet.

Formation of ice balls (diameter 5–10 cm) in Stroomi Beach, Tallinn, Estonia. Image: Aleksandr Abrosimov, Wikimedia

How Ice Balls Form

Caitlin Dempsey

When conditions are just right, a strange phenomenon called ice balls or ice eggs can form along beaches during the winter months.

Fastest Thinning Glacier

Caitlin Dempsey

Hielo Patagónico Sur 12 (HPS-12) in Patagonia is believed to be the fastest thinning glacier in the world.

Amery Iceberg. Source: CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO

An Iceberg the Size of Greater London Has Broken Off Amery Ice Shelf in Antarctica

Caitlin Dempsey

An iceberg the size of Greater London recently broke off the from Amery Ice Shelf in Antarctica.  

In The Last Three Years Antarctica Lost Ice the Size of Greenland

Elizabeth Borneman

A recent report published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences analyzed satellite data that showed Antarctica’s rapid sea ice decline.