It is nothing new to know that poles are melting at a very high speed that the existence of humanity can be at stake in the coming decade. However, a new study has shown that Antarctica is melting six times faster than it did during 1980s. It also means that the previous estimates regarding the threshold of Antarctica will be wrong, as the rate of melting has increasing in the recent times.
Multiple sources of data were used to reach this conclusion. Scientists involved in the study had depended upon aerial photographs, computer models and of course satellite measurements. The idea was to create 176 unique basins and analyze how the depositions in these areas are being affected by the course of time. It meant to understand the rate of melting from 1979.
Of course, this is not the first study to prove that the amount of ice in Antarctica is getting reduced day by day. Several studies in the past have pointed at the dangerous rates of melting, which has been cited at the main reason for human-made climate change. The dissipation of green-house gases and the increase of total temperature on earth are the major reasons for the increased melting.
According to this latest research study, a per-year amount of 278 Billion Tons of ice was melted from 2009. This is way too high when compared to the yearly average of 44 Billion tons in 1980s. It means the extinction of the poles is quite nearby. The study has also made it clear that the situation isn’t improving. Compared to the numbers by a study last year, the rate of melting has increased by 15%.
The author of the study warned that the increasing melting rate of ice in Antarctica ““increases the risk of multiple meter (more than 10 feet) sea level rise over the next century or so.”