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Parts of Antarctic ice shelf melting point "unprecedented level"


The new study, it was found that part of the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica are melting at unprecedented levels, thanks to the warm water.

Research – conducted over the past four years, include the New Zealand scientist who works to prevent the rise in sea level.

Ice Shelf Ross floating block of ice, of approximately the size of Spain. It melts below – more rapidly than scientists expected Kiwi

"This melting of the equivalent of 30 meters per year, with the & # 39 is an extremely high melt ice somewhere in Antarctica," said NIWA marine physicist Dr Mike Williams.

Williams found that winds stop sea ice from forming on the portion of the ice shelf Ross.

This means that the ocean is exposed to the sun – heating of the surface of the sea in the summer and melting the ice shelf up to 10 times faster.

"They do play an important role in containing more ice sheet with a substantially sliding into the ocean, and that is that the ice that sits on land that once he falls into the ocean and melt, causing sea levels to rise," he said glaciologist Tim Naish,

Dr Williams said it was a new challenge, to include the simulation.

Naish hoped governments around the world will work together to help stop global temperature rises by more than 2 degrees Celsius, and slow thawing.

The problem with the & # 39 is the date for its solution on a global scale, we really need government leadership that, "he said.

Disturbing trend, handpicked by New Zealand scientists – monitoring of the largest ice shelf in the world and its impact on sea level.


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