Question: What would happen if the Thwaites glacier melted?

What happens if the Thwaites Glacier melts?

Officially called the Thwaites Glacier, this mass of ice nestled into the western edge of Antarctica is melting at an alarming rate. If Thwaites melts away, that much-larger ice block will add water to our oceans as well, further driving up sea level rise.

Will the Thwaites Glacier collapse?

No human has ever witnessed the rapid collapse of a glacier in Antarctica like Thwaites; ergo, it cant happen.

How quickly could Thwaites glacier collapse?

A 2014 University of Washington study, using satellite measurements and computer models, predicted that the Thwaites Glacier will gradually melt, leading to an irreversible collapse over the next 200 to 1000 years.

How long will it take for Thwaites Glacier to melt?

A 2014 University of Washington study, using satellite measurements and computer models, predicted that the Thwaites Glacier will gradually melt, leading to an irreversible collapse over the next 200 to 1000 years.

What causes ice shelf collapse?

Scientists attributed rapid ice shelf collapse to warmer air and water temperatures, as well as increased melt on the ice shelf surface. Warm air melts the ice shelf surface, forming ponds of meltwater. As the water trickles down through small cracks in the ice shelf, it deepens, erodes, and expands those cracks.

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