A recent scientific study on the Antarctica’s glaciers show that east Antarctic ice sheet is thawing at the fringes and adding to rising seas, unlike many past reports which have concluded that the eastern sheet has so far resisted a melt seen on the western side.
According to the past study reports of 1980’s, the recent study reports are quite shocking that the ice melts in huge amounts in several unexpected parts of the Antarctica.The ice losses mounted up sixty folds in the past 40 years which in turn push sea levels several metres higher in coming centuries other than man-made global warming scales.
The study released on Monday led by Eric Rignot from the University of California at Irvine, found that the rate of that ice loss has not been consistent, with ice disappearing faster in each successive decade.Ice loss in Antarctica has increased from 40 gigatonnes per year from 1979-90 all the way up to 252 gigatonnes per year from 2009-17 period.Antarctica possess the largest ice threshold of the world,if melt away consistently would increase the sea level to 188 feet.
Co-author Michiel van den Broeke, a professor of Polar Meteorology at Utrecht University, said the thaw of Wilkes Land in East Antarctica was an emerging area of science.
“It’s extremely important to find out what is happening there,” he told Reuters.
The reasons behind the huge ice melt is expected to arise due to the natural variations in the planets tilt.