thwaites glacier

the antarctic’s thwaites glacier

‘Extraordinary thinning’ of ice sheets revealed deep inside Antarctica

The warming of the Southern Ocean is resulting in glaciers sliding into the sea increasingly rapidly, with ice now being lost five times faster than in the 1990s. The West Antarctic ice sheet was stable in 1992 but up to a quarter of its expanse is now thinning. More than 100 metres of ice thickness has been lost in the worst-hit places.

as more heat and water get under the glacier, it melts faster

Cavity two-thirds the size of Manhattan discovered under Antarctic glacier

Disintegration of rapidly melting Thwaites ice mass could threaten coastal communities worldwide — Scientists have discovered a giant cavity at the bottom of a disintegrating glacier in Antarctica, sparking concerns that the ice sheet is melting more rapidly than expected. Researchers working as part of a Nasa-led study found the cavern, which they said was …

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