Antarctica’s ‘Doomsday Glacier’ is hemorrhaging ice faster than in the past 5,500 years

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

The finding comes from a study of prehistoric sea-deposits found on the shores surrounding the “doomsday” Thwaites Glacier and the neighboring Pine Island Glacier, both located on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. The chilling news? Antarctica’s glacial melt, driven by climate changeis advancing faster than ever before in recorded history, researchers have reported June 9 in the journal Nature Geoscience (opens in new tab).

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