Antarctic Ice Streams Are No Bubbling Brook

– A lot of good material comes out of the Climate Progress Blog.   Here’s another piece I found over there that is well worth passing on.


Scientific and observational data from Antarctica are driving home the message that we have entered a period of consequences.

Most recently, scientists have discovered ice streams hiding bigger reservoirs of water in West Antarctica. The evidence has “major implications for glacial melt rates and associated sea-level rises“, and the rate of warming.

Equally frightening is that the ice streams feed into the Ross Ice Shelf, a major southern ice shelf whose melting would indicate “the end of the road” according to one scientist.


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