Antarctic ice shelves are melting dramatically, study finds

Categories: News
Published on: March 27, 2015

The Guardian / Karl Mathiesen / 26 March 2015

antarctic ice shelfThe ice around the edge of Antarctica is melting faster than previously thought, potentially unlocking metres of sea-level rise in the long-term, researchers have warned.

A team of US scientists looked at 18 years’ worth of satellite data and found the floating ice shelves that skirt the continent are losing 310km3 of ice every year. One shelf lost 18% of its thickness during the period.

The loss of ice shelves does not contribute much directly to sea level rise. But they act like a cork in a bottle at the point where glaciers meet the sea – jamming the flow of ice from the massive ice sheets of east and west Antarctica.

[ FULL ARTICLE ]

Close Print