Antarctic Melt Has Increased Tenfold Over Past 1,000 Years

by Richard on April 16, 2013

From LiveScience

Summer ice melt has increased tenfold over the last millennium in the Antarctic Peninsula, with most of the melt occurring during the last several decades in conjunction with global warming, new research suggests.

Rapid melt can destabilize glaciers and ice shelves (the tongues of glaciers that float on the ocean), suggesting that there could be some dramatic collapses and a resulting increase in sea levels if the melting continues.

“What that means is that the Antarctic Peninsula has warmed to a level where even small increases in temperature can now lead to a big increase in summer ice melt,” study co-author Nerilie Abram, a researcher at the Australian National University and the British Antarctic Survey, said in a statement.

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Avraham Reiss 04.20.13 at 7:37 pm

Richard, I find it strange that you haven’t managed to place the blame for the Antarctic Melt on Israel.

Not a word about “poor, frozen palestinians”. What is happening?

2

Richard 04.20.13 at 8:45 pm

???

3

Kim 04.21.13 at 9:31 am

Yeah, Richard. But I see through you. You’ve done it in code:

Antarctic Melt:

Rearrange the letters and you get “Icrael”. Close enough.

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Richard 04.21.13 at 9:41 am

I’m undone. There’s no secret too deep for you, is there Kim? ;)

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