Antarctica Losing Nearly 160 Billion Tons of Ice Each Year

May 21, 2014 6:15 PM

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Antarctica Losing Nearly 160 Billion Tons of Ice Each Year

Antarctica is losing land ice at a rate of 159 billion tons a year, based on observations from CryoSat, Europe's ice-monitoring satellite.

That figure is nearly 60 billion tons more than previously measured based on data from 2005 to 2010 -- and means an rise in sea level rise worldwide of about .45 mm a year. The findings were presented by a team of scientists from the UK’s Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling.

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