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Largest glacier in East Antarctica melting fast because of warm ocean water

Tuesday, January 27th 2015 - 07:21 UTC
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The largest glacier in East Antarctica, containing ice equivalent to a six-meter rise in global sea levels, is melting due to warm ocean water, Australian scientists said on Monday. Read full article

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  • DennisA

    “Mr Rintoul said the glacier was not about to melt entirely overnight and cause a six-meter rise in sea levels”

    Woohoo! I can sleep tonight without that worry. How desperate they are to prove catastrophe that isn't happening.

    Jan 27th, 2015 - 10:38 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    “The 120-kilometre long Totten Glacier, which is more than 30 kilometers wide, had been thought to be in an area untouched by warmer currents.”

    Do these people not keep up with the fact there are warm currents coming up from the deep in this exact area, thought to be caused by the Chilean earthquake as reported last year?

    Jan 27th, 2015 - 04:25 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Klingon

    The largest glacier in East Antarctica, containing ice equivalent to a six-meter rise in global sea levels, is melting due to warm ocean water, Australian scientists said on Monday.

    So if this ice block melts the oceans rise 6 meters? I call BS! Do the math on the volume of ice much of which is already underwater anyway, there by raising the sea level around it and how many square meters of ice are needed for a 6 meter rise in the worlds ocean level. Doesn't compute.

    Jan 27th, 2015 - 06:19 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    Perhaps Argentina will become an island...lol

    Jan 27th, 2015 - 07:42 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Bisley

    I read somewhere a year, or two, ago that volcanic activity under antarctic glaciers was melting them, and very likely warming the water in the area as well.

    Jan 27th, 2015 - 08:26 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • GeoffWard2

    'Mr Rintoul said the glacier was not about to melt entirely overnight and cause a six-meter rise in sea levels ...'

    Of course it doesn't compute. This is a bad bit of journalism.

    I see it would produce a measurable rise in mean sea level,
    but perhaps it might trigger a cascade of other meltings over decades or centuries that might produce 'metre-plus' rises in less than geological time scales.

    The issue is ... what is the additive contribution of anthropogenic sources that might generate irreversible climatic positive feedback that accelerates towards an endpoint that threatens flora and fauna - especially human - throughout the world?

    Jan 28th, 2015 - 06:29 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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