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Arctic's Melting Ice Creates Vicious Warming Circle - USA Today

Thu, 06/09/2016 - 05:58
As Arctic sea ice hit a record low, scientists led by Lamont's Marco Tedesco announced the first link between melting ice in Greenland and a phenomenon known as Arctic amplification, the faster warming of the Arctic compared to the rest of the Northern Hemisphere.

The See-Through Sea - The Economist

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 12:00
The pioneering maps put together by Lamont's Marie Tharp and Bruce Heezen in the 1950s and 1960s, which first identified the structure of the mid-Atlantic ridge, were mind-expandingly right in their synoptic vision. The Economist looks at the challenges then and now of mapping the sea floor.

Was There an Ice Age in the Southern Hemisphere? - New York Times

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 12:00
Lamont's Joerg Schaefer answers a reader's science question for the New York Times: Was there an ice age in the Southern Hemisphere?

Measuring Ice Behavior From Earth’s Glaciers to Saturn’s Frigid Moons - Science Explorer

Thu, 06/02/2016 - 12:00
A team of Lamont researchers led by Christine McCarthy has built a new apparatus in the Rock Mechanics Lab to gain insight into the behavior of ice on Earth and elsewhere in the solar system.

Seeing the Seafloor in High Definition: Modern Mapping Offers Increasing Clarity - Earth Magazine

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 12:00
Earth Magazine talks with Suzanne Carbotte and other scientists about advances in the mapping of the seafloor that are providing extraordinary detail.

'Dirty Blizzard' Carried Deepwater Horizon Contaminants to Seafloor - E&E

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 12:00
Scientists led by Lamont's Beizhan Yan have discovered the mechanism that transported contaminants from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.

Deepwater Horizon: Oil Fell on the Seabed Like Snow - Der Spiegel

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 12:00
Researchers led by Lamont's Beizhan Yan estimate that 10 to 15 percent of the oil released by the Deepwater Horizon disaster sank to the seabed in the Gulf of Mexico, where it covered hundreds of square miles. (In German)

New Tool Measures the Behavior of Ice on Moons - American Institute of Physics

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 12:00
A new study led by Lamont's Christine McCarthy offers a glimpse of what happens inside ice. The scientists developed a device to measure ice as it changes in response to external forces, both on Earth and on the moons of other planets.

Climate Change and Extreme Weather - Climate Connections

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 09:30
Was that extreme weather event caused by climate change? It’s a question scientists get asked a lot, and one that they’re increasingly able to answer, says Lamont's Adam Sobel.

Fascinated by the Forces that Contribute to Flow in Ice and Rock - People Behind the Science

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 12:00
In this podcast, Lamont's Christine McCarthy talks about life and the science of flowing ice.

Investigators Conduct Deep Sea Search For EgyptAir Flight 804 - NPR

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 12:00
The wreckage from EgyptAir Flight 804 is likely in the Mediterranean Sea somewhere between Crete and Egypt. Lamont's David Gallo discusses the challenges of the search.

Signals From Plane Hint at Swift Catastrophe, Aviation Website Reports - New York Times

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 12:00
The flight’s track indicated that it crashed about halfway between Crete and Egypt. “If that is correct, then it has landed on a feature we call the Mediterranean Ridge,” Lamont's Bill Ryan told the Times. When sonar is used to scan the area, “you get a complex play of echoes that was nicknamed cobblestone, showing the sea floor is very bumpy."

'Fundamentally Unstable’: Concerns About East Antarctica's Biggest Glacier - Washington Post

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 16:44
The Totten glacier ice region is bigger than California, and could raise seas by over 10 feet if it collapsed. The Washington Post talked with scientists, including Lamont's Robin Bell, about the risks.

A Secret Forest No One Noticed - Atlas Obscura

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 16:37
Cedar trees living on the steep cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment were centuries old, and no one knew until scientists took a closer look. The Tree Ring Lab at Lamont confirmed their find.

Is It The End of The World as We Know It? - Huffington Post

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 16:02
In this short video podcast, Huffington Post's Karah Preiss and Lamont professor Peter de Menocal discuss the historical epochs, the idea of the Anthropocene, and whether it’s possible to change course.

Even for the Fast-Melting Arctic, 2016 Is 'Uncharted Territory' - Washington Post

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 16:53
One of the best-established ideas about global warming is that it will hit the Arctic the hardest, creating a feedback loop as melting ice leaves more dark ocean to absorb more energy. It's part of a concept called “Arctic amplification." Already this year, the Arctic has exceeded 4 degrees Celsius above average. Chris Mooney discussed the changes with Lamont's Marco Tedesco.

Dumping Iron in the Pacific Ocean Won't Fix Our Climate - Gizmodo

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 16:51
Scientists have discovered a major problem with one popular geoengineering scheme that entails dumping iron into the ocean to fuel algae that can soak up carbon dioxide: Basically, the plan is not supported by the geologic record, at least not in the equatorial Pacific. The study was led by Lamont's Gisela Winckler and Robert Anderson.

New Mercury Maps Showcase Planet's Striking Features - Space.com

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 12:00
The first global digital-elevation model of Mercury reveals a striking landscape of basins and lava plains. Lamont Director Sean Solomon was principal investigator on the MESSENGER mission and discussed the data MESSENGER captured.

Slow-Motion Earthquakes May Also Lead to Tsunamis - Business Standard

Fri, 05/06/2016 - 10:26
Slow-motion earthquakes or "slow-slip events" can rupture the shallow portion of a fault that also moves in large, tsunami-generating earthquakes. A new study involving Lamont's Spahr Webb examines a slow-slip event off New Zealand.

Maureen Raymo Elected to National Academy of Sciences - National Academy of Sciences

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 16:21
Marine geologist and paleoceanographer Maureen Raymo was among 84 scientists elected for membership in the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors awarded to engineers and scientists in the United States.

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