16 Sep 2015

East Antarctica ice sheet melting faster

From Nine To Noon, 9:30 am on 16 September 2015

The seas around east Antarctica are warming faster than previously predicted, which could lead to much higher rises in sea level.

The antarctic ice sheet is the largest single mass of ice on Earth, covering nearly 14 million square kilometres and containing 30 million cubic kilometers of ice. 

Ocean and climate researcher, Dr Steve Rintoul of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation recently travelled to the previously inaccessible Totten Glacier in East Antarctica. The team found evidence that warmer waters were in fact reaching the glacier, which they weren't expecting.