Warming oceans beginning to affect ice sheets in East Antarctica as well

March 17, 2015 2:35 PM

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A gigantic glacier in Antarctica, the largest in the eastern part of the icy continent is melting at a never before rate, giving rise to fears of sea levels rising by another 10 feet during this year. The meltdown of the Totten Glacier, which has been caused by a warming ocean and globally rising temperatures, will have the most significant impact on the residents in the Northern hemisphere where, due to the earth’s gravitational force, the sea level rise will be more pronounced as compared to the rest of the world.

The concern has been raised by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin, NASA and other research organizations who discovered two seafloor troughs which could allow warm ocean water to reach the base of Totten Glacier, already being referred to as East Antarctica’s most rapidly thinning glac...

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