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New tipping point discovered beneath the Antarctic ice sheet

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A new and worrying way that large ice sheets can melt has been characterized by scientists for the first time. The research focuses on how relatively warm seawater can lap at the underside of ground-based ice, which can accelerate the movement of the ice into the ocean.

This process is currently not included in models that predict sea level rise, so the new results could offer a more accurate picture of how the world will change with global warming and how much coastal areas will need to adapt.

Carried out by scientists at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), the findings are published in the journal Nature Geoscience. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41561-024-01465-7


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