Antarctica is rising in response to change that started with end of last ice age

New study shows that the land underneath a part of West Antarctica is rising five times faster than expected as the ice melts, revealing a surprisingly soft Earth structure beneath the ice sheet. How fast can Antarctica rise when the ice melts? Earth finally free to rise after hundreds of thousands of years of ice…

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Claim: melting of glaciers on one side of the globe can trigger disintegration of glaciers on the other side of the globe

From the Alfred Wegener Institute and the “Melting triggers sympathetic melting” department Scientists show how warm ocean water melted glaciers during the last glacial period – a potential template for processes affecting the modern Antarctic ice sheet The melting of glaciers on one side of the globe can trigger disintegration of glaciers on the other…

Worriers: 30 years from now Antarctic treaty will expire “plunging the future of the continent into uncertainty”

Three decades from now, several crucial elements of the Antarctic Treaty will come up for possible renewal, plunging the future of the continent into uncertainty. For six decades, the treaty has been the cornerstone of governance for our most southerly, harshest and most pristine continent. It has fostered scientific research, promoted international cooperation, ensured non-militarisation,…

STRAINING AT GNATS IN ANTARCTICA

by Keith Henderson As a car buyer, would you be willing to pay anything significant to get a vehicle with 0.011% better gas mileage? As a businessman, does a 0.011% change make a difference to your plans? Would you change your neighborhood of 20+ years for a 0.011% decrease in security risk, particularly if you…

Study provides less gloom and doom about Antarctica

Antarctic ice sheet is melting, but rising bedrock below could slow it down COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY An international team, led by DTU Space at the Technical University of Denmark with Colorado State University, has found that the bedrock below the remote West Antarctic Ice Sheet is rising much more rapidly than previously thought, in response…