Antarctic glacier melt is unstoppable

Ice collapse could raise global sea level by more than 4 meters in coming centuries

By Beth Mole, 17:12 PM May 12, 2014

A set of West Antarctic glaciers has now entered terminal melt.

Two studies reveal that the glaciers are on an irreversible path to liquefying and stand to raise global sea levels by around 4 meters in coming centuries.

Using two decades of satellite observations of six glaciers in West Antarctica, researchers led by Eric Rignot of the University of California, Irvine found unstoppable melting that will probably accelerate in coming centuries. The study appears May 12 in Geophysical Research Le...

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