Ice Sheet Larger than Texas is no More

Posted by on Sunday, June 18, 2017
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A massive ice melting event last year in West Antarctica has finally been documented by scientists.

There is no good news.

The study published in Nature Communications says that the ice melt at the Ross Ice Sheet impacted almost 800,000 square kilometres. That is an area larger than the state of Texas.

The Ross Ice Shelf is the largest ice shelf of Antarctica. It is several hundred metres thick. The nearly vertical ice front to the open sea is more than 600 kilometres long, and between 15 and 50 metres high above the water surface.

If Antarctica were to loose the West Antarctica Ice Sheet, sea level could rise another 3 metres.



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