Scientists launch comprehensive database of glaciers

The planet’s nearly 200,000 glaciers have just become a little more accessible to researchers -- or at least a trove of statistical data about them has. That’s thanks to the efforts of researchers, including one from the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Geophysical Institute, who’ve compiled the imposingly named “Randolph Glacier Inventory: a globally complete inventory of glaciers,” reports The Atlantic. The inventory, based on data collected from satellites, aims to help scientists better study glaciers, and their place in the global water cycle -- particularly as the planet warms.

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