Warm Water in Antarctica and The Troubling Glacier Melt

A team of scientists from NYU has observed, for the first time, the presence of warm water at a vital point underneath a glacier in Antarctica—an alarming discovery that points to the cause behind the gradual melting of this ice shelf while also raising concerns about sea-level rise around the globe. The recorded warm waters—more than two degrees above freezing—flow beneath the Thwaites Glacier, which is part of the Western Antarctic Ice Sheet. Thwaites’ demise alone could have significant impact globally. While the glacier’s recession has been observed over the past decade, the causes behind this change had previously not been determined. NYU is a NYSERNet member.

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