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The world's biggest ice sheet is more vulnerable to global warming than scientists previously thought

By Chris Stokes, Professor in the Department of Geography, Durham University
Guy Paxman, Assistant Professor (Research), Department of Geography, Durham University
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The eastern two thirds of Antarctica is covered by an ice sheet so large that if it melted the sea would rise by 52 metres. Most scientists had once thought this ice sheet was largely invulnerable to climate change, but not any more. And our new research, published in Nature, reveals the dire consequences if we were to awaken Antarctica’s sleeping giant.

Almost 70% of the Earth’s fresh water is frozen in vast continental ice sheets that cover Greenland and Antarctica. Together, they store the equivalent…The Conversation

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