An unstoppable, cataclysmic glacier meltdown!

An ‘unstoppable,’ cataclysmic glacier meltdown is already underway

Two separate studies released this week are announcing a bleak future for the West Antarctic Ice Sheet — and an accompanying sea-level rise across the globe. Both groups of researchers conclude that global warming is accelerating the disintegration of large parts of the ice sheets, and that the melting that is already under way is likely unstoppable. This, the researchers say, will eventually cause global sea levels to rise by at least 10 feet.

Unstoppable-cataclysmic-glacier-meltdown

The first study, published yesterday in Science by researchers at the University of Washington, used computer modeling and topography maps to conclude that the collapse of the Thwaites Glacier, an extremely large glacier flowing into Pine Island Bay, is already underway. This process, the researchers say, could be completed within the next few centuries and would cause the ocean to rise by nearly 2 feet. Furthermore, because that glacier is currently acting as a barrier for the rest of the ice sheet, its collapse could ultimately trigger a 10-13 foot rise in global sea levels.

In contrast, the NASA study, which has been accepted for publication in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, is predicting a 4-foot rise in sea levels as the melting rate accelerates in the Amundsen Sea sector. These predictions are the result of 40 years of observations in the area, which might explain the difference between the University of Washington results and the NASA results. In any case, both studies came to similar conclusions.

“We conclude that the disappearance of ice is unstoppable,” said NASA glaciologist Eric Rignot during a teleconference today, and “these changes are related in part to climate warming.”

See also: NASA Animation Shows Relentless Pace of 60 Years of Global Warming in 15 Seconds

Sridhar Anandakrishnan, a professor of geosciences at Pennsylvania State University who participated in the NASA study, added during the teleconference that “the system has chain reactions in place that aren’t going to stop.” He suggested that the only the glacier retreat could stop is if the glaciers suddenly “had to climb uphill, but we have looked at that, and we are fairly confident that there is no such hill or mountain that could slow down this retreat.”

Humans aren’t entirely at fault

The melting of the ice, researchers say, isn’t taking place because of warm air, but because of warm water in the ocean’s depths. Winds in the Antarctic are pulling the water to the surface and causing the ice to melt. This is why the researchers state that global warming is a contributing factor, but not the sole cause: natural, non-human induced changes in climate across the globe might also be at fault.

“The basic idea that we are in this kind of retreat and that it’s unstoppable has been around since the 1970s,” said cryosphere program NASA scientist Tom Wagner, “but we’re finally at this point where we can put all those observations together and say ‘Wow, we are really in this state.'” When asked if humans might be able to do something to stop the melt, however, the scientists sound bearish. “If the system, and especially if the thermal ocean forcing, stays the same,” Rignot said, “the retreat will be unstoppable.”

Source | TheVerge | NASA

Find us here

Get news from the CSGLOBE in your inbox each weekday morning

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors/source and do not necessarily reflect the position of CSGLOBE or its staff.

Paid content

Bill Gates Admits to Chemtrails

Bill Gates backs climate scientists lobbying for large-scale geoengineering ( Chemtrails ) Geo-engineers are finally coming out of the “chemtrail” closet, as reports are now...

The Age of Man

Welcome to the Anthropocene. As in all things, the bacteria got there first. One tiny cell built inside of itself a new pigment, a brilliant...

This Pictures Will Make You Re-Evaluate Your Entire Existence

1. This is the Earth! This is where you live. 2. And this is where you live in your neighborhood, the solar system.   3. Here’s the...

What's New Today

Georgia House Votes To Allow Citizens To Abolish Police Departments In The State

The Georgia House backed an effort on Friday to dissolve the Glynn County Police Department and any...

Leaked CDC document contradicts Pence claim that U.S. coronavirus cases ‘have stabilized’

Even as Vice President Mike Pence wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published Tuesday that coronavirus...

Five bombshells about Trump from Bolton ‘s book

Excerpts from former national security adviser John Bolton ’s book about his time in the Trump administration...

Don’t Listen to Fox. Here’s What’s Really Going On in Seattle’s Protest Zone.

It seems I live in a city undergoing a “totalitarian takeover” that will lead to “fascist outcomes”...

MOST READ

Complete List of BANKS Owned/Controlled by the Rothschild Family

What’s the significance of having a central bank within a country and why should you concern yourself, your family and colleagues? Central banks are illegally...

What Is Agenda 21? Depopulation of 95% of the World By 2030

Most people are unaware that one of the greatest threats to their freedom may be a United Nations program which plans to depopulate 95%...

China Is Turning The Rainforest Into Cheap Furniture For The U.S.

Driven by American demand for cheap furniture, China has become the greatest importer of illegal timber. The...

Bill Gates Admits to Chemtrails

Bill Gates backs climate scientists lobbying for large-scale geoengineering ( Chemtrails ) Geo-engineers are finally coming out of the “chemtrail” closet, as reports are now...

Busted pipeline leaks 21,000 gallons of oil off California coast

Horror four-mile oil slick on California coast: Fears for wildlife as 21,000 gallons of crude oil spills from ruptured pipeline A busted pipeline off the...

Top 18 houseplants for purifying the air you breathe, according to NASA

Houseplants do wonders for a house: they breathe new life to a room, add a bright pop of color, and purify the air. Not all...

Global deforestation shows widespread destruction

First-ever map of global deforestation shows widespread destruction A collaboration that includes NASA and Google has tracked vital losses over the last decade There's no single...

US Intelligence Officer: “Every Single Terrorist Attack In US Was A False Flag Attack”

Apart from documents that have outlined supposed terrorist threats, like Al-Qaeda, and their connection to US intelligence agencies, like the CIA, there are a...

Big Pharma Is Synthesizing Cannabis To Make A Patent-able Pill And It’s Killing People

Throughout the bodies of every human on the planet is a physiological system that plays a crucial role in establishing and maintaining human health. The...

Did The Bush Family Help Hitler Into Power?

How Bush’s Grandfather Helped Hitler’s Rise to Power George Bush’s grandfather, the late US senator Prescott Bush, was a director and shareholder of companies that...

5 Officials Charged With Manslaughter for Their Role in the Flint Water Crisis

Michigan’s attorney general announced Wednesday that the head of the state’s health department and four others have been charged with involuntary manslaughter for their...