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West Antarctic ice sheet thinning dramatically

Scientists have known for some time that the West Antarctic ice sheet is thinning. But new research from the University of Leeds, UK, and based on European Space Agency satellite data has revealed that the ice loss is much greater and faster…
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Huge lakes under glacier challenge ideas on sea level rise

Australian scientists have discovered huge lakes under the Totten glacier in East Antarctica. This new revelation is causing a rethink in how ice melt from Antarctica will raise sea levels. More research is needed to get a clear picture of how…

Not quite so bad? New research on ice loss

The direst predictions of sea-level rise caused by melting Antarctic ice sheets may not come about, so says new research published in Nature. However, the impact of ice loss on the climate are still not fully understood and may even be worse…
Source NASA https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?release=2014-148
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Manhattan-sized cavity under Thwaites glacier

Satellite data from a NASA-led project has revealed a massive cavity under the Thwaites glacier in West Antarctica. The cavity covers an area about two-thirds the area of Manhattan and is 300 m tall. This discovery has surprised scientists who…
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Antarctic ice loss increases sixfold

A new study from the University of California, Irvine, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Netherlands' Utrecht University shows that the yearly loss of ice mass in Antarctica has increased sixfold in the last four decades. Read more…
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Good news for the West Antarctic Ice Sheet?

The calculating the impact of physical processes like ice-loss and climate change on Antarctica is extremely complex. And often the outlook is bad. But over the summer, scientists from Ohio State University, USA, found that the bedrock under…
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The western ice sheet is melting, what about the east?

It's widely known that the West Antarctic ice sheet is melting and now scientists believe the ice sheet in the East is succumbing to the effects of climate change. This fascinating article from National Geographic explains the background. It…
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New research shows ice loss accelerating

ESA reports that a team of researchers from around the world has discovered that ice loss in Antarctica has accelerated three-fold since the last such study in 2012. Between 2012 and 2017, Antarctica lost 219 billion tonnes of ice a year, raising…