Ice loss from glaciers and ice caps is expected to cause more global sea rise during this century than the massive Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, according to a new University of Colorado at Boulder study.
The researchers concluded that glaciers and ice caps are currently contributing about 60 percent of the world’s ice to the oceans and the rate has been markedly accelerating in the past decade, said Emeritus Professor Mark Meier of CU-Boulder’s Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, lead study author. The contribution is presently about 100 cubic miles of ice annually — a volume nearly equal to the water in Lake Erie — and is rising by about three cubic miles per year.
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TPE Link – Climate Change: Global Warming – Evidence from Glaciers
Image: Several retreating unnamed, small valley glaciers and several recently deglacierized cirques and ridges east of the terminus of Tonsina Glacier, northcentral Chugach Mountains, Alaska. Much of the ice disappeared during the last few decades of the twentieth century. Note the fresh moraine deposits. Photograph by Bruce F. Molnia, USGS.