Underwater Melting of Antarctic Ice


Underwater Melting of Antarctic Ice


Climate change is affecting the Antarctic not only by causing the ice to melt and creating more icebergs and exposing the glacier ice.  Hidden underwater melt-off in the Antarctic is doubling every 20 years and could soon overtake Greenland to become the biggest source of sea-level rise, according to the first complete underwater map of the world’s largest body of ice.



Warming waters have caused the base of ice near the ocean floor around the south pole to shrink by 1,463 square kilometres – an area the size of Greater London – between 2010 and 2016.



A Guardian article with some great graphics on the impact of the melting on the overall ice levels.



Comments & Pictures by Mary Sue Rogers



Posted on : 2018/09/06