TV News LIES

Thursday, Sep 01st

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...


1,000-acre fire in Southern California forces hundreds of evacuations

Southern California fireA new fire in Southern California has quickly burned 1,000 acres on Tuesday forcing hundreds of...

NASA: Earth Warming at a Pace ‘Unprecedented in 1,000 Years’

NASA; earth warming The planet is warming at a pace not experienced within the past 1,000 years, at least,...

The Forgotten Lead Crisis in Northwest Indiana

Alumet, Indiana lead and arsenic levelsHow does a nation begin to assist the thousands of families being displaced and given a...

EPA links oil and gas drilling to Texas quakes

Texasa quakes linked to frackingFederal regulators have tied a string of earthquakes in north Texas to oil and gas drilling...
 
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!