Underground Volcanoes Responsible For Glacier Melting In Western Antarctica

June 10, 2014 10:07 AM

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Underground Volcanoes Responsible For Glacier Melting In Western Antarctica

Ocean water warmed by the effects of climate change is not the only factor responsible for the melting of Antarctic glaciers as hidden, underground volcanoes also contribute to the thawing, according to a new study, which is said to have changed the understanding of conditions underneath the West Antarctic Ice Sheet.

Researchers at the Institute for Geophysics at The University of Texas, or UTIG, at Austin examined the Thwaites Glacier in Western Antarctica and found that it was being melted from below by geothermal heat released by submerged volcanoes. The Thwaites Glacier recently became the focus of attention...

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