Recently, a team of scientists and researchers, all hailing from New Zealand, started an expedition to the Ross Ice shelf
, where after digging for quite some time, came upon a stunning find that for hyperbolic purposes blew their minds away.
The Ross Ice Shelf
holds the key to avoiding catastrophic sea-level rises as the planet warms and new research will help scientists monitor its future health.
The discovery suggests that the Ross Ice Shelf
, a floating slab of Antarctic ice the size of France which juts into the ocean, is more vulnerable to global warming than previously thought.
They found the Ross Ice Shelf
is affected by surface water warmed by the sun and not just by the warm ocean water beneath it, as was previously thought.
--JULIEN CHAPUT of Colorado State University, on seismic tones he and colleagues recently detected at Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf
that change in pitch depending on weather conditions.
The Ross Ice Shelf
is the largest expanse of floating ice on the planet (similar to the size of France).
Worsely died of an illness after he was rescued only 30 miles from the finish line - the Ross Ice Shelf
Winds blowing across snow dunes on Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf
cause the massive ice slab's surface to vibrate, producing a near-constant set of seismic "tones" scientists could potentially use to monitor changes in the ice shelf from afar, according to new research.
B15, as it is known, calved away from the Ross Ice Shelf
He and his men spent their final hours in the sub-zero temperatures in their tent on the Ross Ice Shelf
and their frozen bodies remain in that tent still.
Marie Byrd Land is a large unclaimed area in remote West Antarctica, and the Whillans Ice Stream is a river of ice that pours from the (http://www.ibtimes.com/west-antarctica-glacier-ice-sheet-history-over-11000-years-larsen-c-ice-shelf-poised-2561918) West Antarctic Ice Sheet into the Ross Ice Shelf
In 2000, an iceberg known as B-15, measuring in at over 4,200 square miles (just a bit smaller than the state of Connecticut) detached from Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf