Violent storms may shatter sea ice

Violent storms may shatter sea ice

Tall waves’ impact on frozen ocean hints at trouble in tempestuous future

By Beth Mole, 13:37 PM May 28, 2014

Towering waves that rise from cyclones can pummel the frigid waters around Antarctica, potentially wrecking sea ice critical to maintaining global climate. Because researchers predict climate change will bring more and stronger storms in the future, the thrashing swells could help ferry in an ice-free future.

Around Antarctica, sea ice is forming in some places and disappearing in others, says sea ice researcher Alison Kohout of the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research in Chris...

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