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Readers question dark fusion, Antarctic ice melting and more

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7:00am, August 9, 2018

Melt away

In the last five years, Antarctica has lost ice nearly three times faster on average than it did over the previous 20 years — largely due to climate change, Laurel Hamers reported in “Antarctica has lost about 3 trillion metric tons of ice since 1992” (SN: 7/7/18, p. 6).

“Isn’t there a volcano or multiple volcanoes recently found under Antarctica that might also be contributing to the melting?” asked reader Leslie Hruby.

There are nearly 140 volcanoes under West Antarctica alone that we know about, Hamers says. The recent analysis calculated the

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