NYT: the melting of Antarctic glaciers is accelerating
So in October from the Pine Island glacier broke the array, four times exceeding the area of Manhattan island.
NEW YORK, November 4. /Offset. TASS Igor Borisenko/. Two of the largest glacier on the coast of Antarctica to quickly slide into the Amundsen sea, and in the case that they will eventually melt, Global sea level for several hundred years will increase by almost a meter. With such a forecast made by the newspaper the New York Times, which published a series of satellite photos showing the edge of the glacier Pine Island Glacier and Thwaites glacier Glacier over the past two years.
In August 2015 from the Pine Island glacier broke off a large iceberg in April of this year at the ice array deep crack appeared in October from glacier broke ice massif, four times exceeding the area of Manhattan island.
From the Thwaites glacier, which stretches for 120 kilometres along the coast of the Amundsen sea, in March 2015, the iceberg broke off a length of 24 kilometers, and scientists and glaciologists predict that the glacier will continue to disintegrate.
“This is the result of warming sea water, washing the ice massifs, — said the expert on climate change at the University of California Eric Ragno. In those years when the average annual temperature in the southern hemisphere below normal, we have noticed a slowing of the melting of glaciers, however in the years when temperature was above normal and inshore water was heated stronger, the sliding of the glaciers into the ocean accelerated”.
According to scientists, the melting of these Antarctic glaciers in the future, under global warming can accelerate in two or three times.
However, he drew attention to the fact that both of these glacier now are the largest in Antarctica the sources of icebergs.