Snow and Ice

Scientists Discover a Polar Bear Subpopulation
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Scientists Discover a Polar Bear Subpopulation

The bears in Southeast Greenland are uniquely adapted to living where sea ice is scarce for much of the year.

Published Jun 17, 2022

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Losing a Layer of Protection
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Losing a Layer of Protection

An early summer heatwave set up a cluster of glaciers in the Central Andes for accelerated melting.

Published Jun 14, 2022

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Fire and Ice in Kamchatka
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Fire and Ice in Kamchatka

Bezymianny, a stratovolcano in Russia's Far East, ejected a towering plume that streaked the snow with dark ash.

Published Jun 10, 2022

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Melting Glacier Exposes Ichthyosaur Fossils
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Melting Glacier Exposes Ichthyosaur Fossils

Retreat of Patagonia’s Tyndall Glacier continues to uncover a prehistoric graveyard of marine reptiles.

Published Jun 3, 2022

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Snow Cover
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Snow Cover

Snow and ice influence climate by reflecting sunlight back into space. When it melts, snow is a source of water for drinking and vegetation; too much snowmelt can lead to floods. These maps show average snow cover by month.

Mar 2000 — May 2022

Snow and Ice