New Weakness in Antarctic Ice Sheet Discovered

May 14, 2012 by

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A new sector of the Antarctic Ice Sheet is at risk of melting rapidly within the next century, new research finds.

 

The study raises alarm about an area thought relatively safe from the direct influence of climate change. The Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf in the Weddell Sea is somewhat sheltered from the open sea, but the new research suggests that warm ocean currents could soon invade its underbelly, melting the shelf from below.

New Weakness in Antarctic Ice Sheet Discovered

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