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Cryosphere Explorers

Cryosphere Explorers

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Monday, December 3, 2018/Categories: natural history, video, space science, sustainability, environment, adventure , climate change

                           Malaspina Glacier, Alaska (credit: National Snow and Ice Data Center)

Glaciers are rivers of ice flowing from high mountains valleys often into the oceans as in Alaska and Patagonia. Combined with the icecaps on Greenland and Antarctica, glaciers are part of the global cryosphere. However, even with their far smaller ice masses, mountain glaciers have a large role in rising sea levels.

Studies of the cryosphere are conducted at universities, private companies, and national agencies including NOAA, USGS, NSF, and NASA. The space agency manages the Explorers research program that just produced a video on changing glaciers. Particular emphasis has focused on the current effects and future predictions of climate change on glaciers.

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