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A large international study - Global Land Ice Measurements from Space (GLIMS) shows that Earth’s glaciers are shrinking with only a few exceptions. The scientists behind the study have applied satellite images to study the glaciers over the recent decades. The comprehensive report is now published as a book and an e-book.
Researchers from the project SEISMOGLAC, Department of Geosciences had good luck when they captured on film the calving of Kronebreen, one of Svalbard's fastest glaciers. They added the soundtrack of the seismic recordings. Seismic Sounds of Calving published on YouTube has now 1200 views.
The story of the largest volcanic eruptions in the last 2000 years may be found in glaciers in Antarctica. A research team led by researchers from DRI, where researchers from the Department of Geosciences among others have contributed, have studied glacier cores from the Antarctic.
The award-winning composer Natasha Barrett has long been fascinated by the sounds of nature. In 2009, Barrett contacted PGP (centre for Physics of Geological Processes) at the University of Oslo where she was introduced to geologist Karen Mair. Mair quickly became interested in the project.
A model for absolute plate motion and true polar wander on Earth for the past 540 million years is developed by CEED researchers. The model reconstructs continents in longitudes in such a way that large igneous provinces and kimberlites are positioned above the plume generation zones in the Earth’s deep mantle. This provides a framework to understand how the mantle interacts with plate tectonics.
On the Nordaustlandet of Svalbard we find the glacier Austfonna. Right now a part of this glacier - the Basin-3 Austfonna - surges for the first time in 140 years. Glaciolog Thorben Dunse from the Department of Geosciences, was interviewed on 16 May in Svalbardposten about the movement in the glacier.
Meteorites are constantly falling down onto the Earth. But we have little knowledge about where they come from or of their age. Now University of Oslo researchers at CEED (Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics), Department of Geosciences, have managed to find where on Mars many of the meteorites originated from - and determined that they are more than 4 billion years old.
The article "Werner, S.C., Ody, A., Poulet, F., (2014). The Source Crater of Martian Shergottite Meteorites. Science, 7 March 2014, Vol. 343, #6175." published March 6 in Science got a massive media cover in international press.