One of Antarctica's largest ice shelves is thinning from above and below, helping scientists finally understand just what exactly is causing this rapid ice melt, according to new research.
It seems that every day scientists are telling us how climate change is causing the Antarctic ice sheet to melt, threatening to raise sea levels and drive the region's iconic penguins into extinction. And now, it appears that Antarctica, which was already rapidly disappearing, is melting faster than ever before.
For anyone even halfway familiar with climate change, they are probably growing tired of hearing it - but all the same, it should be said: Antarctica's exceptionally important ice shelves are crumbling away at increasingly worrying rates, and we have climate change to blame.
A new ecosystem filled with fish and invertebrates has been discovered under the Antarctic ice sheet, new research says, providing scientists new insight into how creatures can survive in such extreme environments.
The Southern Ocean off Antarctica is one of the most remote and difficult-to-access portions of the world, making tracking the extent and causes of the White Continent's melt difficult to both understand and measure. Now researchers have used a team of submersible robots to physically follow how warm water is making its way to the Antarctic ice sheets, causing them to melt.
Here's something a little stunning. A veteran European Space Agency (ESA) satellite that measures the intensity of the Earth's gravity has found that ice loss in West Antarctica has actually led to subtle dips in local gravity.
Melting ice sheets in Antarctica are changing the Earth's crust, causing warps that trigger new volcanic activity that could cause global sea-levels to rise higher than scientists have previously predicted, according to a recent study.
Scientists have been struggling to explain why warming has led to sea ice shrinking in the arctic, while it has actually spread in the Antarctic, and is now thought to be caused by relatively cold plumes of fresh water derived from melting beneath the Antarctic ice shelves, , according to a scientific study in the journal Nature Geoscience.