Antarctic ice melting faster than expected as waters heat up
Published: 24 APR 2017 | Updated: 2 FEB 2022
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CLIMATE CHANGE | The world’s largest ice shelf is melting 10 times faster than expected due to solar heating of the surrounding Antarctic Ocean, scientists have warned.
The Ross Ice Shelf
The Ross Ice Shelf covers an area roughly the size of France and is several hundred metres thick, with 90 per cent of the ice below sea level.
Research by an international team of scientists found that the ice is melting much more rapidly than previously thought, due to inflowing warm water.
If the entire West Antarctic Ice Sheet were to melt, it has been estimated the huge volume of water released would contribute 4.8 m (16 ft) to global sea levels.