The Rate of Melting Ice in Antarctica’s Most Vulnerable Region Has Tripled

December 5, 2014 4:07 AM

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The Rate of Melting Ice in Antarctica’s Most Vulnerable Region Has Tripled

When climate change conversations center on glacier melt and sea level rise, many people immediately think about polar bears helplessly swimming the Arctic Ocean. But Antarctica has glaciers, too, and they’re also melting. In fact, the melt rate in West Antarctica’s most vulnerable region, the Amundsen Sea Embayment, has tripled over the last decade, according to new research released on Tuesday.

The total glacier loss averaged 91.5 billion tons per year according to the study, which means that every two years for the last two decades it lost a water weight equivalent to Mt. Everest. The loss rate has only been getting worse, accelerating by an average of 6.7 billion tons per year since 1992...

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