30 Mar '15, 2pm

Antarctica's ice shelves are thinning fast

Antarctica's ice shelves are thinning fast

In the Bellingshausen and Amundsen seas — two of West Antarctica 's melting hotspots — some ice shelves lost 18 percent of their thickness in the past decade, researchers said. The most dramatic shrinkage occurred in the Bellingshausen Sea's Venable Ice Shelf, which lost ice at an average rate of 118 feet (36 meters) per decade in the past 18 years. At that rate, the entire ice shelf could disappear within a century, said lead study author Fernando Paolo, a graduate student at the University of California, San Diego.

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/wilderness-resources/sto...

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