Thinning Antarctic ice shelf could contribute to sea level rise, says study

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Warming oceans are main driver of ice loss from Larsen C, which is more than twice the size of Wales and could unlock huge amount of ice if it collapses
The largest ice shelf on the Antarctic peninsula is thinning because of warmer ocean and air temperatures that are driving it towards a collapse that could contribute significantly to sea level rise, a new study has found.
The study by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) analysed the Larsen C ice shelf, which is two and a half times the size of Wales. The team looked at satellite radar imagery taken between 1998 and 2012 to find that Larsen C lost 4 metres of thickness. Continue reading…