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Measuring Antarctica's Melting Fimbul Ice Shelf

Posted by Samina Cabral
Samina Cabral
Samina Cabral is a native Southern Californian who now resides on the shores of
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on Friday, 22 June 2012
in Mother Nature's Water

There have been a fair chunk of studies recently that have explored what creatures living in the Arctic and elephant seal with sensorin Antarctica can tell us about the current status of melting and the future of sea level rise from indicators like their migratory habits and population growth.

With assistance from a group of cooperative elephant seals a team of scientists were able to publish their findings about the melting rate of Antarctica in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, a publication of the American Geophysical Union.

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Polar Opposites: How Warming Climate May Change North and South Poles

Posted by Andrew Rossillo
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Hello there, I’m the staff writer for SeaBirdAdventure.com. This is an exception
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on Tuesday, 16 August 2011
in Climate Change

With the common exception being Santa’s place of residence, the geographic (versus magnetic) north and south poles are often thought to be relatively the same apart from their positioning at opposite ends from each other. Although both poles do feature severe, icy conditions with unwelcoming frozen ground, their specific locations and makeup give them properties that are very unique to one another. And the rising temperatures due to significant changes in climate (yes, some call it global warming, but that’s an entirely different topic/debate) have been producing some considerably different results for each pole.

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1944: Camano Class Light Cargo Ship was laid down for the US Army as FS-289 at Wheeler Shipbuilding in Whitestone, NY.

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1945: Delivered to US Army.

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1950: Acquired by the US Navy on July 1, 1950 and placed in service as USNS New Bedford (T-AKL-17).

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1954: The movie, Mister Roberts, was made on the USNS New Bedford (T-AKL-17).

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1955 - 1963: Used as a cargo supply ship for the Texas Towers, a network of advanced radar stations located off the Eastern Seaboard. In 1957, Capt. Sixto Mangual was commander of the AKL-17 and in 1961 it was rechristened the USNS New Bedford. The New Bedford, sailing out of State Pier, was keeping vigil when Texas Tower No. 4 callapsed off the New Jersey coast during a January 1961 nor'easter.

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1963: Reclassified as Miscellaneous Unclassified (IX-308).

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1971: The New Bedford (IX-308) served as a Torpedo Test Firing Vessel in the Puget Sound area.

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1994: Ceremony in New Bedford.

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1995: The ship was struck from the Naval Register on April 4.

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2004: The Sea Bird's current disposition is a tuna long liner (fishing boat) out of San Diego, CA.

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2006: Design of the Tesla Turbine began on June 11, 2006. The Sea Bird was sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service for commercial service.

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2007: The Sea Bird was drydocked for renovations.

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2008: The Sea Bird setting sail to Sea-Tac in Seattle, WA.

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2009 - 2010: The Sea Bird is currently docked at Seattle Sea-Tac.

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