Antarctica: Glaciers are melting dangerously fast

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Satellite images taken between 2002 and 2010 showed that glaciers remained about the same size. But since 2009 it is different.

Glaciers in parts of the Antarctic that was thought to remain stable since 2009, have been melting dangerously fast. A group of researchers wrote this in the journal Science, published yesterday.

According to the scientists, the water level is increasing to dangerous levels for the coasts from New York to Shanghai.

Satellite

Satellite images taken between 2002 and 2010 showed that glaciers remained about the same size. But since 2009 it is different. This is possible by changes in winds and currents in oceans. It involves glaciers in a coastal strip of about 750 kilometers (466 miles).

Bert Wouters – University of Bristol

This area melts very fast. An area which we did not expect.  .

The thaw of glaciers causes a sea level rising with 0:16 millimeters, annually. The total increase is about 3 millimeters per year.

Overestimated?

The findings of the team are disputed. According to Andy Sheppard (University of Leeds) it might be possible the the researchers have overlooked possible changes in snowfall and overestimated their calculations.

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