Glaciers give major boost to sea level

Glaciers give major boost to sea level

By Sid Perkins, 15:56 PM April 15, 2008

From San Francisco, at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union

In today's warming climate, the significant melting of the ice sheets capping Greenland and Antarctica garners a lot of attention. However, the ongoing melting of glaciers and other small ice masses worldwide actually makes a larger contribution to the rise in sea level, a new study suggests.

Sea level is now rising about 3 millimeters each year, says W. Tad Pfeffer, a glaciologist at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Whil...

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