Climate State

Antarctic Ice Shelves Melt Mostly From Below

New research has revealed that ice shelves in Antarctica are primarily melting from below due to warm ocean waters, rather than by dramatic iceberg breaks. Scientists believe that this phenomenon is causing a much faster and larger rate of melting than previously anticipated. As ice shelves lose mass, they speed up the flow of land-bound glaciers that feed them, moving ice from the continent to the ocean and contributing to global sea level rise.

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