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Floating ice sheet, Antarctic Peninsula

Floating ice sheet, Antarctic Peninsula

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Uploaded 17 Aug 2010 by Peter Prokosch
Year: 2010
From collection: Antarctic biodiversity
Taken by: Peter Prokosch
Antarctica holds nine times the amount of ice as Greenland, the melting of which is an important contribution to current sea-level rise. Melting of the west Antarctic Ice Sheet alone would cause sea levels to rise by an <a href=http://www.sciencemag.org/content/324/5929/888.summary>estimated 3.3 metres</a>. Scientists are studying the ice sheet closely, as it is believed to be <a href=http://maps.grida.no/go/graphic/mass-balance-of-the-west-antarctic-ice-sheet>unstable</a>, because much of i ...
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