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The Earth loses more Antarctic ice than predicted

The new study published in the journal Nature revealed that approximately 60% Antarctica’s ice sheets are endangered by ”hydrofracture”, speeding up the loss of the ice and increasing sea-level rise.

The scientists mapped the ”hydrofracures”– areas where meltwater flows into crevasses and fissures in the ice, triggering collapse of the ice shelves.

As most global warming models do not include the impact of hydrofracturing in their calculations, it brings many worries of frightening climate change scenarios unrevealing faster that anticipated.

The researchers hope their fracture model can help create more accurate models of the fate of the ice sheets, which together with climatic modelling will produce more accurate predictions of sea-level rise.

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