TV News LIES

Thursday, Aug 17th

Last update05:20:13 AM GMT

You are here News Environment East Antarctic ice shelves melting at surprising pace, study suggests

East Antarctic ice shelves melting at surprising pace, study suggests

E-mail Print PDF

Antarctic ice shelfSeveral small ice shelves along the East Antarctic coast appear to be melting at surprisingly high rates, some at rates comparable to those of shelves in West Antarctica, long a center of concern over the impact of climate change on the region's vast ice sheet and sea-level rise.

This is an unexpected result of a new study that documents the current status of ice shelves around Antarctica's coastline and the relative influence of the factors melting them.

It's unclear if the unexpected melt rates represent a trend. Conditions off the East Antarctic coast have been less-well studied than those off of West Antarctica, notes Stanley Jacobs, a researcher at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, N.Y., and a member of the team reporting its results in the current issue of the journal Science.   

The cause also is unclear. But a lead suspect is relatively warm water that deep currents drive up onto the continental shelf. This water melts the ice shelves from underneath.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


EPA to rewrite toxic waste limits for power plants

EPA rewrites limitso toxic wastesThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) intends to rewrite limits on toxic waste from power plants, the...

2016 confirmed as planet's hottest year

2016 hottest yearLast year was Earth's warmest on record, according to an international climate report issued Thursday by...

Emergency teams battle to contain oil spill off Kuwait

Oil spill of KuwaitEmergency workers battled on Sunday to contain an oil spill near a joint Kuwaiti-Saudi oilfield in...

Extreme heat in Europe decimating crops and stoking drought

heat in EuropeEvidence is piling up that this year's sizzling summer in central and southeastern Europe has decimated...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!