Taking Antarctica's temperature

Taking Antarctica's temperature

Frozen continent may not be immune to global warming

By Erin Wayman, 14:59 PM July 19, 2013

Antarctica is a land of extremes: the driest, windiest, coldest place on Earth. The ice sheet that blankets the continent is, on average, 2 kilometers thick and covers nearly 14 million square kilometers. Antarctica is so remote and so isolated that as recently as 2007 scientists thought that it might be unaffected by global warming.

That year the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded in its Fourth Assessment Report that Antarctica was the only continent where anthropogenic tempe...

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