May 19, 2015 6:33 PM
NH1 Chief Meteorologist - NH1.com
Part of Antarctica's Larsen B Shelf collapsed in 2002.
But now a new study from NASA says it has discovered that another huge block of ice - roughly the size of State Rhode Island - is likely to disappear before the end of the decade.
Ice Shelf is the most exposed portion of Antarctica to the strong winds and powerful ocean currents which help to erode the ice.
This new study, based on current conditions, asserts a huge ongoing rift will eventually crack all the way across the shelf in the next few years.
Once broken, a huge block of ice like this is likely to split into hundreds of smaller icebergs that will drift away and eventually melt. Scientists worry that accelerated rate of melting glaciers will soon impact the world’s water levels which could have a detrimental impact on coastal populations around the globe.
It is important to that the Arctic ice in the Northern Hemisphere has also been thinning at accelerated rates. Bbt... the size and thickness of the sea ice of Antarctica has actually been growing for the past few decades.
This reflects the diversity and complexity of climate change on Earth.
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