Friday, August 14, 2009

Pine Island Glacier Melting Much Faster Than 15 Years Ago

The Pine Island Glacier in West Antarctica is melting much faster than it was 15 years ago. Back in 1994, the melt rate led to the estimate that it would not melt for another 600 years. Now the melt rate suggests it will be gone in less than 100 years. It is believed that if this glacier melts then it will lead to a quick disintegration of the rest of West Antarctica's ice sheet. Read more about the recent research about it melting and the possible sea rise implications in the article here.

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