ice mass


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Noun1.ice mass - a large mass of iceice mass - a large mass of ice      
geological formation, formation - (geology) the geological features of the earth
glacier - a slowly moving mass of ice
berg, iceberg - a large mass of ice floating at sea; usually broken off of a polar glacier
ice cap, icecap - a mass of ice and snow that permanently covers a large area of land (e.g., the polar regions or a mountain peak)
ice field - a large flat mass of ice (larger than an ice floe) floating at sea
floe, ice floe - a flat mass of ice (smaller than an ice field) floating at sea
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Meanwhile, the region will lose 36% of its ice mass even if COP21's goal (limiting temperature rise below 2 degree Celsius) is achieved.
The consequence of this response - which scientists call glacial-isostatic adjustment or 'GIA' - is that the satellite measurements have to be corrected by a very large amount that accounts for movements of the rocky material and thus to provide the 'real' figure for ice mass loss/gain.
"But now we recognize a second serious problem: Increasingly, large amounts of ice mass are going to leave as meltwater, as rivers that flow into the sea."
Bevis' team used data from GRACE and from GPS stations scattered around Greenland's coast to identify changes in ice mass. The patterns they found show an alarming trend -- by 2012, ice was being lost at nearly four times the rate that prevailed in 2003.
"But now we recognise a second serious problem: Increasingly, large amounts of ice mass are going to leave as meltwater, as rivers that flow into the sea," he added.
For the current study, researchers embarked on the longest-ever assessment of ice mass in the Antarctic, across 18 geographic regions.
If ice shelves thin, or break up and retreat, then ice flow from inland accelerates, and more ice mass is lost, contributing to global sea-level rise.
Up to 30 per cent of ice mass will be lost during the transit," he acknowledged.
He said the adventurists had begun reaching the Saiful Muluk Lake by crossing the ice mass though hoteliers had yet to reopen the bumpy lake road for four-wheelers.
Antarctica is still losing ice mass at a faster rate than it is gaining mass
Until now, the retreat of glaciers was mainly determined by looking at the extent of ice mass of our two poles from above.