Watching the glaciers in Antarctica, an international team of researchers has discovered that one of these glaciers, called Totten, gradually destroyed warm salt water. Experts fear that in the future this process will lead to the growth of the global sea level by more than two metres.
The Totten glacier, the researchers said, is a considerable one of the world’s largest arrays of ice East Antarctic ice sheet. Watching as the amount of ice on it decreases and increases depending on the season, the researchers came to the conclusion that if the rate of climate change will not decrease, already in the XXI century will have passed “the point of no return” after which the glacier will begin to continually, rapidly and irreversibly to melt. This happens due to the fact that the glacier will retreat another 100-150 miles and will be on the “flimsy basis,” experts say.
In General the Eastern part of Antarctica is considered to be more “resilient” to global warming than the Western, covered with a smaller amount of ice, however, the Totten glacier its reduction shows that in this part of the Earth’s glaciers are not safe, but a new study, according to its authors, shows that this glacier is even more vulnerable than was thought until now.
To the global sea level podnimalsya more than two meters is likely to take centuries, but if this really happens, it will lead to the flooding of many land and other issues on a global scale, experts from the UK, Australia, New Zealand and the USA, who published their work in the journal Nature.
Recently, other experts have presented a very vivid illustration of the consequences of rising sea levels-scientists have stated that over 70 years of five small Islands comprising the Solomon Islands, completely disappeared under the water, and another six in the same period plunged into her 20-62 percent.Related posts: