Antarctica Ice Loss Quickens

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Antarctica has been consistently losing ice in the past decade and the rate of loss is increasing. The amount of ice lost by Antarctica between 2003 and 2014 is twice the amount of ice it gained, and the vast majority of that loss was from West Antarctica while the gains were in the eastern part. Since 2008, ice loss from West Antarctica's unstable glaciers doubled from an average 121 billion tonnes annually to twice that amount by 2014. Satellite data shows that Earth's southern most continent lost 92 billion tonnes of ice per year in the period. 


Down To Earth, May, 2015