Antarctica’s ‘Doomsday Glacier’ Is Hemorrhaging Ice Faster Than in the Past 5,500 Years

Antarctica’s so-called Doomsday Glacier is shedding ice at its fastest rate in 5,500 years, raising concerns about the future of the ice sheet and the possibility of catastrophic sea level rise of the sea caused by the melting ice of the frozen continent.

The discovery comes from a study of prehistoric marine deposits found on the shores surrounding the “apocalyptic” Thwaites Glacier and nearby Pine Island Glacier, both located on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. The chilling news? Antarctic ice melting, driven by climate changeprogressing faster than ever in recorded history, researchers reported June 9 in the journal nature geoscience (opens in a new tab).

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