Study shows precedent for fast Antarctica meltdown

Summit County Citizens Voice

The water in the Antarctic Sound can be smooth as glass, and sometimes look thick and oily, probably because it's so cold. Click on the photo to learn about some of the environmental issues in Antarctica. The water in the Antarctic Sound can be smooth as glass, and sometimes look thick and oily, probably because it’s so cold. Click on the photo to learn about some of the environmental issues in Antarctica.

“During that time, the sea level on a global basis rose about 50 feet in just 350 years…”

FRISCO — There’s precedent for  rapid meltdown of the Antarctic ice sheets, scientists said this week announcing findings from a new study that tracked the history of the ice sheets back to the last ice age.

The scientists said the Antarctic Ice Sheet began melting about 5,000 years earlier than previously thought coming out of the last ice age — and that shrinkage of the vast ice sheet accelerated during eight distinct episodes, causing rapid sea level rise.

Results of this latest study are being published this week in the journal Nature. It was conducted…

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