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Malaspina on the Move

More than 30 years of ice velocity data are helping scientists tease out how mountain glaciers respond to climate change.

Landsat Illustrates Five Decades of Change to Greenland Glaciers

Greenland's Helheim Glacier, along with its neighbors, have changed significantly in the last five decades, as illustrated by comparing Landsat images from 1972 and 2019.

Okjökull Remembered

The glacier atop Iceland’s Ok volcano was declared dead in 2014. Satellite images show the latter stages of its decline.

Warm Weather Brings Major Melting to Greenland

Melting was provoked by a bubble of warm air that moved over Greenland after delivering unseasonably warm temperatures to Europe.

The Ups and Downs of Crater Lake

Elevation data show the distinct topography of Mount Mazama and the crater lake that fills its caldera.

Brunt Ice Shelf Survives the Solstice

The enormous slab of ice poised to break away from the Brunt ice shelf is still hanging on.

Ice Arch Crumbles Early

The structure that prevents sea ice from exiting the Arctic Ocean through the Nares Strait crumbled months earlier than usual.

Study Predicts More Long-Term Sea Level Rise from Greenland Ice

Greenland’s melting ice sheet could generate more sea level rise than previously thought if greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase and warm the atmosphere at their current rate, according to a new modeling study. The study, which used data from NASA’s Operation IceBridge airborne campaign, was published in Science Advances today.

Major Greenland Glacier Is Growing

Jakobshavn Glacier has grown for the third year in a row, and scientists attribute the change to cool ocean waters.

NASA Explores Our Changing Freshwater World

Water is so commonplace that we often take it for granted. But too much – or too little of it – makes headlines.

Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina

Where some of the park’s most notable glaciers end, a series of colorful glacial lakes begin.

Deciphering the Maud Rise Polynya

Cyclonic winds help state-sized areas of sea ice go missing from the middle of the ice pack around Antarctica.

First ICESat-2 Global Data Released: Ice, Forests and More

ICESat-2 data is available to the public to investigate questions related to Earth.

A Bit Less Excelsior

Over the past two decades, an Alaskan glacier has melted into a lake more than five times the size of Central Park.

Surging Glacier Creates a New Lake

Local authorities are watching closely after a fast-advancing glacier in northern Pakistan blocked a stream and created a temporary lake.

Two Decades of Change at Pine Island Glacier

As this Antarctic glacier sheds huge icebergs more frequently, scientists are closely monitoring the retreat.

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Celebrates 60 Years

On May 1, 1959, the Beltsville Space Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, was renamed NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in honor of Robert H. Goddard, widely considered the father of modern rocketry. Thus began a 60-year boom in science and technological innovation.

Greenland Refrozen

Most indications of meltwater ponds and lakes on the ice sheet are leftovers from past seasons that have since refrozen.

As a Himalayan Glacier Melts, a Lake Grows

Over the past three decades, India’s Kokthang glacier has been retreating and a nearby lake has doubled in size.

NASA Celebrates Earth Day with Social Media, Public Events

This Earth Day, April 22, NASA invites you to celebrate our beautiful home planet by participating in a global social media event and local events around the country.

Warm Winds Trigger Melting in Antarctica

Unusual late-season events could produce long-term changes to the snowpack on the Larsen C ice shelf.

Picture Earth for Earth Day 2019

For Earth Day 2019, NASA invites you to celebrate the planet we call home with our #PictureEarth social media event.

The Wide View of a Shrinking Glacier: Retreat at Pine Island

Pine Island Glacier is one of the fastest-retreating glaciers in Antarctica. This timeline highlights the most notable calving events of the past two decades.

A Surprising Surge at Vavilov Ice Cap

An outlet glacier in the Russian High Arctic has scientists rethinking how rapidly glaciers in cold, dry areas can move.

NASA Begins Final Year of Airborne Polar Ice Mission

This is the last year for Operation IceBridge, NASA’s most comprehensive airborne survey of ice change.
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