Antarctica's 'Doomsday Glacier' is melting faster that we think
New warnings have been issued by scientists over the speed in which the Thwaites Glacer in Antarctica continues to melt at.
This specific glacier is dubbed the 'Doomsday Glacier', due to its size and the significant impact it could have on sea-level rise should it collapse. The ramifications for many countries, including most of the world’s coastal cities, would be catastrophic.
According to reports ice and water draining from the 74,000 square-mile glacier into the Amundsen Sea accounts for nealy 4% of global sea-level rise - and scientists fear it could get worse.
The programme director of Antarctic glaciology at America's National Science Foundation, Paul Cutler, told the Financial Times, that if collapsed it could raise sea levels approximately 65cm and could trigger a similar collapses across the wester half of Antarctica that could lead to a sea level rise of up to 6ft. .
“The big question is how quickly it becomes unstable,” Cutler said. “It seems to be teetering at the edge.”
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