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Glaciers in the Antarctic are melting from listed below, according to a research study released in the journal “Science Advances.”.
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Nearly one-quarter of the ice in the West Antarctic ice sheet has been categorized as “unstable,” according to a new study released today.

This is due to the big volume of ice that’s melted from the ice sheet over the past 25 years. Some areas are losing ice 5 times faster than they remained in the early 1990 s.

” In parts of Antarctica, the ice sheet has thinned by remarkable amounts,” said research study lead author Andy Shepherd, a polar researcher at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom.

The ice has actually thinned by some 400 feet in some places, the study said. The ice sheet and its glaciers are melting from beneath as warming sea water– overheated due to man-made climate modification — chews away at it from below.

” Along an 1,850- mile stretch of West Antarctica, the water in front of the glaciers is too hot,” Shepherd informed the Guardian ” This triggers melting of the underside of the glaciers where they grind versus the seabed. The melting lessens the friction and permits the glaciers then to slide more rapidly into the ocean and therefore end up being thinner.”

A suggestion: This isn’t the floating sea ice around Antarctica, which melts and refreezes with the seasons. This is freshwater ice on the massive ice sheets and in the glaciers that cover the majority of the continent.

The ice is unstable because melting and calving (the breaking off of ice portions) is reducing their mass quicker than it can be renewed by snowfall, CNN reported.

The melting adds to rising water level all over the world: “Entirely, ice losses from East and West Antarctica have actually contributed 4.6 millimeters (about 1/5 of an inch) to international sea level increase because 1992,” Shepherd stated.

The study was released in the peer-reviewed journal Geophysical Research study Letters, a publication of the American Geophysical Union.

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