Warm ocean water melting E. Antarctica’s largest glacier


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Warm ocean water melting E. Antarctica’s largest glacier

Warm ocean water is causing the largest glacier in East Antarctica to melt. It contains ice that if melted, will be equivalent to a 20-foot or 6-meter rise in global sea levels. Australian scientists said waters around the Totten Glacier, 120-kilometers long and over 30 kilometers wide, were warmer than expected and likely melting the ice from below. Scientist Steve Rintoul, who went with a team of scientists on a voyage to East Antarctica, said the warm water shows that “East Antarctica is not as protected from change as we use to think.”

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