antarctica, ice meling

In a new study, it was found that Antarctica is now losing its ice at an incredibly rapid rate. The melting of ice was occurring for many years but due to increase in global warming, now there is more melting of ice occurs, and it was happening at a fast rate than before.

In a new study which was published in Nature, it involves more than 80 researchers who are from 42 international organizations which are presented in findings of the study. This was shown between the year 2012 and 2017. Till now, Antarctica’s ice sheet has listed nearly 219 billion tons of ice per year, and it is said to be in triple the rate to the year 2012. In between 1992 and 2017, ice loses that has occurred in this region has contributed to the global sea level rise which is of 7.6 millimeters and with about 40 percent rise that has been occurred in about five years.

The team of researchers has analyzed about 24 satellite-based estimates of Antarctic ice sheets whose mass is to calculate these type of rates. According to Isabella Velicogna, who is the professor at the University of California, Irvine and also the author of the study said that they had taken all the estimates from different techniques and finally they have got a consensus. As per the analysis, there has been a rapid rise in ice losses from the region of Antarctica which was a decade ago. This continent usually causes sea levels to rise as fast and at any time in about 25 years ago. This was said by Andrew Shephard, who is the lead author of the study and professor at the University of Leeds.

The changes that are seen are usually occurred by ice melt in West Antarctica, in which warm ocean water gets underneath glaciers, and it then destabilizes them. This study is going to help researchers to measure the impacts that are caused due to climate change and the data from this study will help scientists to improve the projections of sea level rise in future.

Tarun Singh
Tarun is an avid writer and reader. He is fond of exploring science and facts. Tarun is an engineer by profession and is now a full-time contributor to The News Recorder (India Edition). Tarun is the base behind the Science coverage over this online news platform.


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