With dry air and long nights, 'the Earth begins to act like it's a different planet'
by Industrial NetMedia
Monday, July 02, 2018
Some Canadians may lament the cool temperature levels winter months brings us, yet they're nothing as compared to record-setting Antarctica.
In 2013, scientists announced they located the coldest place on Earth, in the East Antarctic Plateau, where the mercury dropped to a face-numbing -93 C. Now, after re-examining the data, they concluded it was even colder then originally expected at -98 C.
Researchers use ground-based and also satellite sensing units to compute these temperatures. However, as a result of the dimension and also remoteness of the Antarctic, there aren't sensing units in many locations. So, the authors of the study released in the journal Geophysical Research Letters on June 25th, re-examined satellite information from the Southern Hemisphere winters of 2004 to 2016.
The data remained in line with what they would certainly observed in 2013: normal temperature levels of near -90 C at the surface area, with the lowest at -93 C.
However, the scientists after that made use of instruments on NASA's Terra and also Aqua satellites that had been calibrated to make up more current ground-based terminal measurements and afterwards reanalyzed the information.
Exactly what they discovered was that the chilliest temperature level was, as a matter of fact, -98 C.
It's not that the researchers got it wrong or that the temperature level transformed.
Instruments on the two Earth-observing satellites are calibrated using ground-based information. With more recent measurements, the scientists recalibrated the information, which provided a much more precise temperature level.
There are a number of reasons the surface of Antarctica has the ability to get so cold. For one, the continent is excessively dry. Secondly, at night the temperatures drop. Nigh in the Antarctica last for months!
The new information found the coldest areas remained in little dips, because that super-cold air drops into the hollow locations as well as becomes entraped. Then the snowy surface area and air directly over cool much more.
Lead researcher Ted Scambos, with the National Snow and also Ice Data Facility, said the brand-new data does not truly transform any type of science, but it does help researchers better understand the remote area.
"It really is a place where the Earth begins to act like it's a different planet," Scambos said. "It's very extreme for Earth."
"It's a look at what the extremes of Earth are really like."
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