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West Antarctic Ice Sheet Collapse Calls for Revised Sea Level Rise Predictions

The Thwaites Ice shelf edge, West Antarctica. (Photo: NASA ICE / James Yungel / Flickr Creative Commons)

A section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet has declined to a point that’s irreversible, two groups of NASA scientists reported last week. As NASA’s narration explains below, six glaciers in particular are rapidly melting into the Amundsen Sea, and there are no barriers like mountains or hills to halt this retreat. Scientists point to climate change and warmer ocean temperatures as causes.


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