Ice sheets, glaciers, sea ice, icebergs, ice shelf; why are there so many names for the different forms of ice? It can be confusing at first, but the distinction between these different forms is necessary for studying processes, plus it makes conversation easy. This is a photograph of icebergs that broke off of the Ross Ice Shelf and now they are stuck in the seasonal sea ice in the Ross Sea, Antarctica. You can see glaciers in the background and can image the ice sheet lurking behind the mountains.
- Arctic sea ice update: Unlikely to break records, but continuing downward trend (sciencedaily.com)
- East Antarctic Ice Sheet could be more vulnerable to climate change than previously thought (sciencedaily.com)