Antarctica lost 3 trillion metric tons of ice: climate change is real

WIth climate change slowly becoming a reality, we learn that Antartica has lost massive amounts of ice due to melting - almost one third.

Global warming, trapping of gases, and too many carbons are all effects of deforestation that has changed Mother Earth. It’s a universal saying that “What comes around goes around like hula.” Nature has several harsh ways to teach discipline to humans. Humans, however, without any realization of nature’s consequences, keep consuming slow poisons.

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Every dirty thing done by humans has a final impact on the temperature of the Earth. Globally, there’s an increase of 0.6°C since 1880. That trapped heat is melting the ice sheets in the North and South Pole. Antarctica is the largest ice continent. Scientists noticed that the ice caps of Antarctica are melting much faster since the 1980s.

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Research on global sea level

Studies mentioned that Antarctica has already lost 3 trillion metric tons of ice, and that’s about one-third of the entire continent of Antarctica, thus raising the water levels in the ocean. The changes were much easy, notably by drilling cores at a site in New Zealand. The zone is named Whanganui Basin. This place consists of shallow sediments of marine with high resolution. Thus, it is made simple to study the ocean.

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Industrial Revolution: Cause for the temperature raise

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Experts say that with present average changes and an increase in the global temperature, the level of the oceans will rise by 20 meters. Since the industrial revolution, Earth’s temperature has gotten warmer. During the pre-industrial revolution, Earth was believed to be 2°C cooler than the current temperature. With a steady increase in greenhouse house gases production, Antarctica might be melted entirely by the year 2150, say experts.

Traces on the sea level changes

 In 2015, the researchers drilled cores of sediment deposited in the Whanganui basin and noticed that there more than 50 fluctuations in global sea level in the last 3.5 million years. There were several ups and downs in the sea level concerning change in the climate cycle. These changes are known as Milankovitch Cycles. Over 90% of heat from global warming passed into the south of the Indian Ocean, which margins the North of Antarctica’s ice sheet.

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Source: The Conversation

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