Snow Has Thinned on Arctic Sea Ice, Study Finds
(Click to enlarge) It is uncertain if a thinning snowpack on Arctic sea ice will allow the ice to grow thicker in winter or melt faster in the springtime. (Credit: NASA/GRACE team/DLR/Ben Holt Sr.)
From research stations drifting on ice floes to high-tech aircraft radar, scientists have been tracking the depth of snow that accumulates on Arctic sea ice for almost a century.
(From Science Daily/ by University of Washington) -- Now that people are more concerned than ever about what is happening at the poles, research led by the University of Washington and NASA confirms that snow has thinned significantly in the Arctic, particularly on sea ice in western waters near Alaska. Read the full story »