The second largest ice sheet is about to melt


A new study found that the Greenland Ice Sheet, the second largest plate on the planet, is approaching a point of no return with “accelerated melting.”

Experts at the University of Copenhagen and the University of Arctic in Norway analyzed the Jakobshavn Basin in the midwestern part, one of the five largest in Greenland. If the alarming signs occurred in this region of the entire ice sheet, resulting in its melting completely, it could eventually raise global sea level by 23 feet (7 meters).

The turning point

At this point, it is not yet clear to researchers whether the ice sheet has reached a tipping point, or whether it is decades away, but it is possible that a sea level rise of a few feet is inevitable.

Instability

In their analysis, the researchers believe that the ice sheet that has been recorded and analyzed over the past 140 years is suffering from a decrease in the height of the ice sheet due to the melting, which is then exposed to the warmer air. The researchers warned of the possibility of a continuous loop, with greater melting due to warmer temperatures. One thing that is clear from the research is that the ice sheet is becoming more unstable.

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