Warm ocean water causing irreversible melt in Totten glacier

March 17, 2015 10:04 AM

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Scientists are already aware that the West Antarctic ice sheet may be beyond saving, and due to raise sea levels by about 10 feet over the next decade. Now, it appears that things aren't any sunnier on the east side of the Antarctic, as scientists have recently discovered that warm water is causing the Totten Glacier's ice shelf to melt. If unchecked, the Eastern Antarctic sheet itself has the potential to raise sea levels by another 11 feet over time.

“It’s only one glacier, but it’s changing now and it is significant for sea levels globally,” said study co-author Professor Martin Siegert, Co-Director of the Grantham Institute at Imperial College London. “The 3.5 metre rise may take several centuries to complete, but now the process has started i...

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