Photos capture Antarctica's glaciers melting faster than previously thought

Climate Change

Photos capture Antarctica's glaciers melting faster than previously thought
Posted: March 5, 2015

Ice sheets are slowly thawing as water eats away at their core, eroding them where they graze the oceans. Slowly thawing ice is pouring water into the sea, at 130 billions tons of ice per year for the past decade, NASA satellite calculations reveal. This is enough to fill more than 1.3 million Olympic swimming pools, and the rate of thawing is only accelerating.

Ice melt in the region could push sea levels up 10 feet in the worst-case scenario, causing recurving of heavily populated coastlines worldwide in a century or two.

Jan. 2015, a team of scientists head to their station in Antarctica.
Credit: AP/Natacha Pisarenkoe

For a dozen days in January, in the middle of the chilly Antarctic summer, The Associated Press followed scientists from different fields searching for alien-like creatures, hints of pollution trapped in ancient ice, leftovers from the Big Bang, biological quirks that potentially could lead to better medical treatments, and perhaps most of all, signs of unstoppable melting.

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