The “Doomsday Glacier” is melting.

December 15, 2021

the “doomsday glacier” is retreating and facing dramatic change


According to scientists, there is a serious threat that could materialize for the climate in the next ten years Thwaites Glacier, that is also known as The “Doomsday Glacier,” might see its last-remaining shelf collapse in the upcoming decade. Such an event would lead to a rapid rise in sea levels.

It is said to be a part of the “weak underbelly” of the continental ice sheet that covers West Antarctica.

Antarctica’s so-called “most terrifying glacier,” which is the size of the state of Florida, is broad and vast with a surface speed that sits at over 1.2 miles per year.

The fact that the warming of the globe is reaching this glacier in a new way is a problem that could have wide ramifications.

Thwaites Glacier’s retreat poses a risk for millions

While it is not time to panic, the situation is worrisome, according to American and British researchers. The glacier, which has become an iconic element for climate change activists, is losing stability.

Estimates say that the front of the Thwaites Glacier will experience dramatic changes in the next five years. The dangerous part of the glacier is expected to get wider.

Concretely, the new development puts millions of people living in coastal areas at risk.

Thwaites is currently responsible for 4 percent of global sea levels.

If the new revision becomes a reality in the next decade, sea levels would rise by several feet.

Extreme flooding would then become the norm for residents in coastal locations.

This scenario is the reason why a lot of resources are being put forward to study the glacier.

Scientists work hard to decipher “Doomsday Glacier”

Sixty scientists and students from the United States and the United Kingdom are working together on a five-year project, the International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration.

They want to understand the future of the glacier. They use satellites and ships for their research.

While their study is not complete, their initial findings are fueling the recent focus on the glacier.

The research also explains clearly the phenomenon that is happening. The melting is taking place because warm ocean water is getting under the front portion of the Thwaites Glacier.

Right now, the area that is affected is small, but the experts believe the process is not slowing down. In fact, other scientists had reached a similar conclusion a few years ago.

Antarctic underwater glaciers have been melting for a while

A 2016 study found that 10 percent of Antarctica‘s coastal glacier was going through a retreat.

At the time, experts said the entire continent was affected.

There was a bright spot; some glaciers like the Pine Island Glacier had stopped retreating.

Others like the Totten glacier grew. Close to 2 percent of Antarctic glaciers increased.

Some are hoping that the melting down of glaciers will slow down because the current rate is problematic. However, this is unlikely because this phenomenon has been ongoing for at least 30 years.

This is a train wreck that no one seems capable of stopping. It could lead to climate refugees.

People from Florida or the Atlantic coast could be forced to move elsewhere because of the effects of climate change.

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