Report: Melting Speed of Antarctic Ice Shelves Increased 70% in last 10 Years

melting of Antarctic Ice sheets

A close analysis of satellite measurements of Antarctic ice shelves revealed that the thinning speed of Antarctic ice has ascended to a great extent.

It appears as if conditions that play an integral part in controlling the climate are weakening day by day.

The massive glaciers present in West Antarctica are the major reason behind the rapid rise in sea level. Climatologists warns that melting of all the Antarctic glaciers will rise sea levels up to 4 feet

The research printed in Journal Science shows that the ice shelves are presently floating in the water. It is one of the initial signs of thinning of massive glaciers.

The entire procedure that is responsible for the thinning of ice shelves is affecting temperature of oceans. The high ocean temperature directly damages the subsurface ice shelves. Sometimes, it even diffuses internally and lubricates specific regions of the land-based glaciers.

Fernando Paolo, a researcher at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, along with his colleagues accumulated 18 years long data of European Radar satellites. The data includes measurements from three different satellite missions. The primary objective of researchers was to demonstrate speedy change in the thickness of Antarctic ice shelves.

The end result of the analysis unveils that average ice shelf volume has greatly climbed in last ten years.  Initially, the rapid ice loss started in 2003.

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