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2/24/2008

Western Antarctic Ice Sheet is Collapsing: Trend Spells Catastrophic Sea Level Rise


UK scientists working in Antarctica have found some of the clearest evidence yet of instabilities in the ice of part of West Antarctica.


If the trend continues, they say, it could lead to a significant rise in global sea level.


The new evidence comes from a group of glaciers covering an area the size of Texas, in a remote and seldom visited part of West Antarctica.


The "rivers of ice" have surged sharply in speed towards the ocean.




Western Antarctic Satellite Image
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