September 15, 2019

One of Antarctica’s biggest glaciers will soon reach a point of irreversible melting. That would cause sea levels to rise at least 1.6 feet

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By Aylin Woodward From Business Insider Antarctica’s glaciers are melting at unprecedented rates. This rapid ice loss contributes to rising sea-levels. In a new study, scientists found that the Thwaites Glacier in western Antarctica will likely hit a point of irreversible melting, after which it will lose all of its ice over a period of 150 years. […]

The West Antarctic ice shelf is breaking apart from the inside

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By Josh Hrala, ScienceAlert From Business Insider Last year, a massive 583-square-kilometre (225-square-mile) chunk of the Pine Island Glacier — a vast section of ice that holds the West Antarctic ice sheet together — broke free, heading out into the ocean to eventually melt and raise sea levels across the world. Now, new evidence from satellite imagery […]

Hidden Antarctic volcanoes are expediting glacial melt

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By Stephanie Pappas Live Science Contributor for LiveScience From Mashable Antarctica is a land of ice. But dive below the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, and you’ll find fire as well, in the form of subglacial volcanoes. Now, a new study finds that these subglacial volcanoes and other geothermal “hotspots” are contributing to the melting of […]