Antarctic Ice Loss Rate Has Tripled In Last Five Years

Posted: Jun 14 2018, 5:35am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

 
Antarctic Ice Loss Rate has Tripled in Last Five Years
The late summer sun sets over mountains and icebergs around Adelaide Island, Antarctic Peninsula, as 24-hour daylight gives way to the long polar night of winter. Photo Credit: BAS/Hamish Pritchard
  • Antarctica loses three trillion tonnes of ice in 25 years

The Antarctic Continent is Losing its Ice at Breakneck Speed which is Cause for Worry

In the last six odd years or so, the rate of ice loss from Antarctica has tripled. Thus sea levels along the coastlines of the world’s cities have gone up by 3 mm.

So much change in such a short period of time spells danger which lies ahead. A climate survey funded by both NASA and ESA pointed towards this blind spot of mankind.

The rate of sea levels rising happens to be the fastest at the present moment. It is in fact much more than it used to be 25 years ago. The ice mass balance of Antarctica is precarious at best.

The study had many people participating in it, whose input was noted down well. Also, the observational skills were honed to a razor blade. Any and all uncertainties were avoided at all costs too.

24 satellite observations were combined with the work of 80 scientists from 42 world institutes to yield the precious results of the survey. The time span between 1992 and 2017 was the object of analysis.

Ice loss has gone up sharply in the last couple of years. There are several reasons for this. Tons of ice masses have melted and thus been separated from mainland Antarctica.

They have floated out to sea and have melted even further thus leading to sea levels rising around the coastlines of global cities. Various parts of the Antarctic continent have shown differing rates of meltdown.

Yet, all in all, it is a disaster that will play havoc with the balance of the Earth’s ecosystems and climate. The models designed by the researchers show that future ice loss may spell nothing but trouble for humanity and the rest of the living denizens of this planet. There is still time to avert this catastrophe otherwise it will have been too late.

The findings of this study got published in the journal Nature.

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