Thursday, April 26, 2012

Warm Ocean Currents Causing Antarctic Ice Melting

Scientists with the British Antarctic Survey carried out new research on how warm ocean currents are mostly causing the ice melting in the Antarctic rather than warm air.   It seems the wind patterns have changed causing warm water to be pushed under the ice.  When the ice melts from below, the glaciers slide more towards the ocean, which can then end up with more ice being melted than when they melt from the top.  The main exception is that the melting on the Antarctic Peninsula appears more linked to warm winds in that region.

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