Antarctic glaciers retreating faster

Posted on Friday, Apr 22 2005 @ 20:38 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
A new study says that 87 percent of all studied glaciers are losing mass. The big melt of these glaciers, on average 600m in 50 years time, could have multiple causes.

The biggest retreats are measured in the Antarctic Peninsula region. Global warming is one of the factors but the study says it's not only higher air temperatures that are causing the melt.
The melting trend began in the north of the peninsula and has steadily worked southwards. The last five years have seen the greatest losses in mass, with an average shrinkage of 50m per year.
Read more about the study at BBC


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