Midnight In The Desert — ice

Oldest ice core ever drilled outside the polar regions

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Oldest ice core ever drilled outside the polar regions

The oldest ice core ever drilled outside the polar regions may contain ice that formed during the Stone Age -- more than 600,000 years ago, long before modern humans appeared. Researchers from the United States and China are now studying the core -- nearly as long as the Empire State Building is tall -- to assemble one of the longest-ever records of Earth's climate history. What they've found so far provides dramatic evidence of a recent and rapid temperature rise at some of the highest, coldest mountain peaks in the world. At the American Geophysical Union meeting on Thursday, Dec....

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Extraterrestrial Form of Hot, Dense Ice Observed Forming in Lab

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Extraterrestrial Form of Hot, Dense Ice Observed Forming in Lab

In Kurt Vonnegut's 1963 novel "Cat's Cradle," there's a fictional substance known as ice-nine. A special type of water imagined by the science-fiction author, ice-nine not only has the ability to remain solid at room temperature, but also can alter ordinary water molecules to form a solid as well. Through an instance of human stupidity, ice-nine spreads across Earth, killing off just about all life on the planet. Ice-nine doesn't exist, fortunately. But besides ice, liquid water and steam — the three phases of water that we're familiar with — there actually are a lot of other forms. These less...

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Hello Winter, Watch Multi Car Crash in the Icy Snow

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Hello Winter, Watch Multi Car Crash in the Icy Snow

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America Must Build More Icebreakers or We'll Lose the Battle for the Arctic

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America Must Build More Icebreakers or We'll Lose the Battle for the Arctic

WITH THE PARIS climate talks behind us, the world appears serious about mitigating the environmental impacts already afoot and preparing for those ahead. Yet the United States remains dangerously unprepared for the profound changes and opportunities coming to the Arctic. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the pitiful state of its icebreaker fleet. The United States has just one heavy ice breaker and no plans to build more, a short-sighted and foolhardy policy that will leave it scrambling to catch up with Arctic nations competing for shipping routes and resources as Arctic ice continues its retreat. It wasn’t always...

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Is a mini ICE AGE on the way?

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Is a mini ICE AGE on the way?

The Earth could be headed for a 'mini ice age' researchers have warned. A new study claims to have cracked predicting solar cycles - and says that between 2020 and 2030 solar cycles will cancel each other out. This, they say, will lead to a phenomenon known as the 'Maunder minimum' - which has previously been known as a mini ice age when it hit between 1646 and 1715, even causing London's River Thames to freeze over. The new model of the Sun's solar cycle is producing unprecedentedly accurate predictions of irregularities within the Sun's 11-year heartbeat. It draws on...

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