Growth Of Antarctic Sea Ice A ‘Warning Bell' For Coastal Flooding

October 13, 2014 6:17 PM

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Growth Of Antarctic Sea Ice A ‘Warning Bell' For Coastal Flooding

The spreading sheet of sea ice around Antarctica could be viewed as a napkin being draped over a monstrous water pistol. If, that is, the gelid napkin was a self-assembling machine that could reach beneath itself, aim the squirt gun at the planet’s shorelines, and squeeze the trigger.

Research suggests that the expansion of Antarctic sea ice heralds ocean changes that will hasten ice sheet melting, by trapping heat beneath a layer of cold surface water, worsening flooding around the world.

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