The ice sheet of West Antarctica is melting at an unprecedented rate – to such conclusion came the scientists, analyzing data from twenty years of research.
Since 1992, satellites have carried more than 800 million different dimensions, according to
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In the most affected areas thickness of ice cover decreased by 122 meters, which they lost stability.
Scientists have determined that thinning glaciers covered 24% of West Antarctica – melting they lose more mass than you have time to recover in the cooler months.
As a result of these processes gradually rising sea level. Ice loss in East and West Antarctica has increased by 4.6 mm since 1992, and the complete disappearance of glaciers can raise sea levels by nearly five meters.
According to some estimates, by the end of the century from flooding can suffer hundreds of millions of people.
Earlier it was reported that the largest ice shelf in Antarctica, the Ross ice shelf, began to melt faster due to warming of the surrounding ocean waters.