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Glacier melted long before climate change
February 23, 2014 | 53 comments
NASA image of the Pine Island Glacier. Image Credit: NASA
Scientists have argued that the Pine Island Glacier was melting just as quickly over 8,000 years ago.
The glacier has long been considered to be the perfect example of how carbon emissions have been affecting the environment, but now experts at the British Antarctic Survey have revealed that the glacier had been melting at a similar rate several thousand years ago, long before mankind had been capable of having any impact on the world's climate.
The glacier, the melting of which is believed to be contributing to rising sea levels, is thought to have experienced periods of extensive melting at various times throughout history. Rather than being the result of man-made global warming, the melting is simply something that seems to occur from time to time regardless of human activity.
"The results are clear in showing a remarkably abrupt thinning of the glacier 8000 years ago," said Professor Mike Bentley who worked on the research.
Source: The Register
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