Antarctica is Falling Apart, and Here is a Video with Some More Information!

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According to data collected by NASA scientists from international satellites, the cavity under the Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica that formed and caused the glacier to retreat at a pace of over six hundred and fifty feet per year.  If the glacier collapses, than we as a society will experience a two foot increase in sea level rises (which could happen in fifty to one hundred years (read: within the lifetime of most students at Colleyville Heritage High School)).

 

Works Cited:

Milillo, P., Rignot, E., Rizzoli, P., Scheuchl, B., Mouginot, J., & Prats-Iraola, P. (2019, January 01). Heterogeneous retreat and ice melt of Thwaites Glacier, West Antarctica. Retrieved February 5, 2019, from http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/5/1/eaau3433 This is a NASA led study that shows how the large cavity is growing at the bottom of the Thwaites Glacier. Data was collected by these people from Italian and German satellites.

LINK to the study: http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/5/1/eaau3433