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The melting of the apocalypse glacier that may flood coastal cities

The melting of the apocalypse glacier that may flood coastal cities

The fact that many conspirators and people who fear global warming have arrived has arrived. The so-called “apocalyptic glacier” has begun to melt at an accelerated pace in Antarctica. Research has shown that truth happens in a way completely unexpected by science.

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The Apocalypse glacier is rapidly melting

The official name of Apocalypse Glacier is Thwaites and it is the size of the US state of Florida. It is located in the western part of Antarctica. The smallest part that remains on the surface of the ocean is what keeps this glacier attached to the continent, as if it were a huge cork.

Two studies published last week in the journal Nature show that deep cracks and ladder formations in the ice are melting faster than expected. This is happening even though the rate of melting of most of the platform is slower than imagined.

Glaciers dump billions of tons of ice into the sea

Annually, the so-called Apocalypse glacier dumps billions of tons of ice into the sea. They alone can contribute nearly 4% of the annual rise in sea level. Where it sits on the sea floor has receded nearly 14 kilometers since the 1990s, exposing more ice to the cooler waters of the Southern Ocean.

The end of the icy world (Photo: IonMass/Shutterstock)

Why Apocalypse Glacier?

Glacier of the Apocalypse owes its name to estimates that its complete melting could raise sea levels by up to 70 cm. This increase is enough to devastate coastal communities across the planet.

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The ice that surrounds the western part of the icy continent could raise sea levels by 3 meters if it suddenly melted.

It is noteworthy that the process of melting this huge glacier, no matter how accelerated it is, can take hundreds of thousands of years. That is, for the time being, scientists are only interested in observing.