Also in the neighbourhood was melting of inland ice
caps, most of whose waters remained in inland seas, reservoirs, the Earth's fauna and flora o flowed into oceans.
They found that those regions of floating ice that turn out to be key for inland ice
flow acceleration are located not only near the grounding lines of ice streams and ice rises, but also well at the fringes of some ice shelves - often at those parts that are closest to Antarctica's surrounding waters which are warmer and hence more at risk.
According to the ESA report, the collapse of the shelves allows inland ice
to flow faster into the ocean and this dramatically adds to sea-level increase in coastal regions.
It offers whale safaris, iceberg sightseeing, helicopter flights over inland ice
and visits to sled-dog handlers, who, besides transporting fish, now give excursions for tourists as a small sideline.
In 1888, Nansen made his mark in the polar annals by crossing the inland ice
of Greenland from east to west.
The base was situated on the inland ice
, and is at its coldest in February.
Radio surveys show that some of the bed rock underlying the ice streams lies well below sea level, making inland ice
vulnerable to floodwaters if the shelf were to collapse.
What the break-up means in terms of inland ice
acceleration and draw-down of the ice sheet remains to be seen, but will be revealed by the GPS data recovered, which we are now processing at Aberystwyth.
New studies reveal that the effect of meltwater on acceleration and ice loss--through fast-moving outlet glaciers that connect the inland ice
sheet to the ocean--is much more complex, as a kind of plumbing system evolves over time at the base of the ice, expanding and shrinking with the volume of meltwater.
We were headed to the nearby glass ocean that is Greenland's enormous inland ice
Where Oluf felt sunk in aridity, Thea's disconnection is akin to Nansen's polar expedition: like his boat, Fram (Forward), she feels "a drifting laboratory on inland ice
Greenland's inland ice
surface is formed from strongly pressed snow with ridges; often our skis got stuck in these ridges, and we fell.