1. DISCOVERY

    Sea Ice Melts From Below

    Having A Blast: Iceland's Strokkur Geyser
A British photographer had a blast on New Year's Eve - by witnessing this amazing natural geothermal fountain.

Thomas Heaton spent the end of last year taking in the stunning landscapes of Iceland, including the Strokkur geyser at Thingvellir National Park.

Thomas, from Whitley Bay, also captured jaw-dropping ice formations and a romantic 200ft waterfall.

He explains: "The geyser is very active and goes off every 5 - 10 minutes and can reach 40m high.

"If you were to stand downwind you would be sure of a soaking, you would also have to slide your way over a very slippery frozen path. It took me four attempts to get this shot but I was not complaining as I could have watched this badboy all day.

Thomas also managed to photograph J (Rex Features via AP Images)

    Thomas Heaton/Rex Features,via AP

    A new find could lead to more accurate predictions of climate change: warm sea currents melt Antarctic sea ice from below, accounting for 55 percent of the South Pole’s ice loss every year. That’s a much higher percentage than previously thought; scientists formerly thought that most of the loss came from “calving,” when warming temperatures causes glaciers or icebergs to split apart and sink into the sea. The discovery will help measure how ice loss contributes to sea level rise, as Antarctica contains 60 percent of the world’s fresh water supply.

    Read it at The Christian Science Monitor