West Antarctic Melting Ice Could Raise Seas By 3M Says Study

Posted: Nov 3 2015, 5:44am CST | by , Updated: Nov 3 2015, 5:50am CST, in News | Latest Science News

 
West Antarctic Melting Ice Could Raise Seas by 3M Says Study
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  • Meltdown in Western Antarctic Continent may cause Rising Sea Levels

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The meltdown of ice in the Western Antarctic continent may cause rising sea levels. The increase in water may be by as much as 3 meters.

The experts at NASA have warned that the ice floes have started receding in Antarctica and the effects are not pretty. The phenomenon is irreversible. Especially the western region of Antarctica may be more prone to a meltdown of ice.

The unstable condition of the icebergs causes sea levels around them to undergo upheaval. In fact, within no time, the sea levels may rise by 3 meters, according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. This is indeed bad news and cause for alarm.

The ice in the loci has gone into retreat leaving the resultant water in its free state to wreak havoc around the coastlines of the world’s cities. The overall destabilization of the environment and habitat has immense consequences for mankind.

Antarctica will not be the same again thanks to the effects of global warming. The scientists have used computer simulations of this phenomenon and what it will do to the earth’s oceans and seas within two generations’ time span. And the picture is very dismal indeed.

The complete dismantling of the ice sheets in the Antarctic continent may spell trouble on a scale unheard of. The global deluge that would follow would be far worse than any global warming issues we are facing right now.

Within the next century, the water levels would rise to the point where things get chaotic. And as for within the time span of a millennium, well, the less said the better.

The way the ice sheets are being disturbed by hotter temperatures, means that they will start acting in the manner of fractals and thus become unpredictable in their breakdown rate. The meltdown that will ensue will be hard to control and can lead to floods and tsunamis of the worst kind.

In case of Antarctica, the uncertainty is currently at an all-time high. What will occur in the future is totally different from what we can envision. In itself, the region presents many obstacles to studying it.

But from what little we know, the overall discharge of ice into the oceans around the Antarctic continent is something about which steps will have to be taken if we are to forestall disaster. The latest evidence shows that the breakdown of ice floes has increased to the point where it will take a monumental effort to reverse the trend.

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