A Flood of Warm Water the Size of 30 Amazon Rivers is Melting One of East Antarctica’s Largest Glaciers

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If we’ve learned anything this year, it’s that few of Antarctica’s submerged coastal glaciers are safe from the warming ocean. Places that we once thought wouldn’t be vulnerable to melt for decades or centuries are now starting to feel the heat of rising water temperatures.

The heat comes in the form of great floods of warmer than normal waters running beneath the ocean surface and then eating away at the undersides of ice shelves and sea fronting glaciers. These floods are provided by the warmth forced into the world ocean by rising global greenhouse gas concentrations. And such invasions are happening around Antarctica’s perimeter with increasing frequency. But perhaps the most disturbing such event now ongoing is the present warm water flood running in from the Southern Ocean toward East Antarctica’s Totten Glacier.

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(The melting edge of the Totten Glacier. Image source: Antarctica.gov.)

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3 thoughts on “A Flood of Warm Water the Size of 30 Amazon Rivers is Melting One of East Antarctica’s Largest Glaciers

  1. Thanks,Jim, for this article: I have just sent you something with 2 links regarding what is now happening as the Trump Regime begins its onslaught against the environment, etc.
    Today, I heard a news item on the “Severe Pollution Crisis” in Northern China, which is so dangerous, that it amounts to a person smoking 40 cigarettes in a day! All planetary systems are now backed up with human pollution/toxins, wouldn’t you say? And, of course these reports are all about how they affect us humans, with little or no mention of all the other life affected.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-11-16/china-tells-trump-that-climate-change-is-no-hoax-it-invented

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